Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life by Richard Louv

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From the author of the "New York Times "bestseller that defined nature-deficit disorder and launched the international children-and-nature movement, "Vitamin N" (for nature ) is a complete prescription for connecting with the power and joy of the natural world right now, with500 activities for children and adults. Dozens of inspiring and thought-provoking essays. Scores of informational websites. Down-to-earth advice. In his landmark work "Last Child in the Woods, "Richard Louv was the first to bring widespread attention to the alienation of children from the natural world, coining the term nature-deficit disorder and outlining the benefits of a strong nature connection--from boosting mental acuity and creativity to reducing obesity and depression, from promoting health and wellness to simply having fun. That book rivaled Rachel Carson s "Silent Spring" (the "Cincinnati Enquirer"), was an absolute must-read for parents (the "Boston Globe"), and an inch-thick caution against raising the fully automated child (the "New York Times"). His follow-up book, "The Nature Principle, " addressed the needs of adults and outlined a new nature movement and its potential to improve the lives of all people no matter where they live (McClatchy Newspapers)."Vitamin N" is a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive, and practical guidebook for the whole family and the wider community, including tips not only for parents eager to share nature with their kids but also for those seeking nature-smart schools, medical professionals, and even careers. It is a dose of pure inspiration, reminding us that looking up at the stars or taking a walk in the woods is as exhilarating as it is essential, at any age."

"Richard Louv's Vitamin N should find its place in the list of essential vitamins! If we stress a connection to the natural environment . . . we can lessen the lifelong effects of a stressful childhood, including depression, obesity, behavior problems, drug use, and risk-taking behavior." -- Mary Brown, MD, past board member of the American Academy of Pediatrics


Vitamin N ('N' is for nature) is everything the worried parent needs...The accessibility of Louv's writing is what truly shines, and his enthusiasm, so evident in earlier works, is on overdrive here. Anyone who works with children will embrace this title; families will be thrilled by its offerings. This is, without question, another shot out of the park for nature-advocate Louv." -- Colleen Mondor for Booklist, starred review


"Louv ( The Nature Principle) proclaims the many advantages of reconnecting with nature, both for children and adults, in an insightful and practical guide chock full of inspirational advice... Issuing an imperative that everyone should heed, this important new book provides the tools to reclaim the wonders and health benefits of nature." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Balancing the needs of time-stressed families with activities that appeal to different cultural backgrounds, and those that require organization as well as encourage independence, Louv strikes gold again... Louv has become a national leader in advocating for kids to connect with nature. His macrovision of ecological health speaks beyond the benefits of youngsters getting dirty. Essential for all collections."--Library Journal, Starred Review


"Both parents and teachers will find this book invaluable. Louv has provided a thoughtful and practical guide to establishing and ensuring a successful relationship between children and the outdoors." --National Science Teachers Association


"A truly engaging book, this resource is an excellent how to guide for getting stu­dents and families out in nature." -- Green TeacherMagazine


Richard Louv is a journalist and the author of ten books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, The Nature Principle, and Vitamin N. Translated into twenty languages, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect children, families, and communities to nature. He is cofounder and chair emeritus of the nonprofit Children & Nature Network, which supports a new nature movement. Louv has written for the New York Times, Outside magazine , Orion Magazine, Parents, and many other publications. He appears regularly on national radio and TV, and lectures throughout the world. In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal. Prior recipients have included Rachel Carson, E. O. Wilson, President Jimmy Carter, and Sir David Attenborough.

Algonquin Books

Pub Date: April 12, 2016

0.9" H x 8.1" L x 5.4" W

304 pages