Teaching Kids to Love the Earth
About Teaching Kids to Love the Earth
Now that “nature deficit disorder” is a recognized issue for today’s digitalized and highly scheduled children, Ann Linnea’s first book, written with fellow teachers of Sense of Wonder Workshops for parents and children, is more relevant than ever.
Teaching Kids to Love the Earth is a gentle guide to exploring the natural world with a sense of discovery and curiosity, a great gift for anyone taking children outdoors. As the natural world changes around us, adults and children need to explore nature, learn its needs, and become its activists.
Winner of national and regional environmental awards, the book has been reprinted many times and is a recognized leader in the field of environmental education—written and illustrated with charming stories that will get you and the little ones you love out where the wind blows free.
Reviews and Praise:
"Forget the reference to kids in the title – this book is for people of all ages to rediscover the outdoors. Read it, grab a friend, and head out...Teaching Kids to Love the Earth encourages adults to experience nature not by sitting on a rock as a bystander, but by taking ‘a free-flight romp through a city park.’"
"This idea book for adults uses simple, quiet anecdotes...to set the tone for activities designed to inspire nature discovery and exploration. Chock-full of ideas...this attractive book serves as a gentle but firm reminder of the preciousness of the earth; it should be a valuable resource for teachers, parents, and others who want to instill such Earth awareness in children."
"The focus is on feeling and doing, slogging through sloughs and howling at the full moon, instead of reflective reading or sitting back and quietly observing nature...Although the book was written with the Northwoods environment in mind, the activities can easily be adapted to any locale."
—The Country Today
"Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, scout leaders – anyone who spends time outdoors with young people will treasure this book. It’s filled with joy, hope, and love – a book to celebrate in this, the environmental decade."
—Laura Erickson, Audubon Society
Awards and Honors
- Benjamin Franklin Award, Best Parenting/Child Care Book
- Midwest Independent Publishers Association, Best Environmental Book
- Translated into Portuguese and featured at the International Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero
Download and read an excerpt from Teaching Kids to Love the Earth (PDF)
About the Author, Ann Linnea
Ann Linnea began her writing career in Utah, authoring hiking and skiing guides as a U.S. Forest Service naturalist. Ann co-authored the award-winning Teaching Kids to Love the Earth (University of Minnesota Press, 1991). Her memoir, Deep Water Passage, a Spiritual Journey at Mid-Life, (Pocketbook, 1997) chronicles her journey as the first woman to circumnavigate Lake Superior by sea kayak. In 2002 Ann wrote A Journey through the Maxwelton Watershed, (Washington State, Water Quality Grant, 2002). In 2010 she co-authored The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair (Berrett-Koehler) with Christina Baldwin. Also out in 2010 is Ann's book, Keepers of the Trees—A Guide to Re-Greening North America (Skyhorse Publishing).
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Related Classes and Workshops
Wilderness quests and rites of passage for adults led by Ann Linnea offer an immersion into the natural world with the support of community and time for solitude—a powerful way to take the next step in your life:
...and others. Visit her Wilderness Quests page to learn more.