Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-deficit Disorder

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-deficit Disorder


By (author) Richard Louv

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  • Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 30mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1848870825
  • ISBN 13: 9781848870826
  • Sales rank: 89,276

Product description

Already a perennial "New York Times" bestseller, "Last Child in the Woods" shows how our children have become increasingly alienated and distant from nature, why this matters and how we can make a difference. Camping in the garden, riding bikes through the woods, climbing trees, collecting bugs and butterflies, picking wildflowers, running through piles of autumn leaves, cooking over a campfire and telling ghost stories under the stars...somewhere the pleasures of a free-range childhood have been lost. And with the indoor habits of today's children come other problems - epidemic obesity, attention-deficit disorder, isolation and childhood depression. This timely book, which has inspired the influential international movement Leave No Child Inside, has not only highlighted the problem and provoked debate; it also offers practical advice on how to help children to enjoy the natural world - starting in our parks and gardens, homes and schools. This is a clarion call, brilliantly written, compelling and irresistibly persuasive - a book that will change minds and lives.

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Author information

Richard Louv, winner of the 2008 Audobon Medal, is chairman of the Children and Nature Network ( and honorary co-chair of the National Forum on Children and Nature. He is the author of seven other books and has written for newspapers and magazines including the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Review quote

"* 'This book is an absolute must-read for parents' - Boston Globe * 'A single sentence explains why Louv's book is so important: 'our children', he writes, 'are the first generation to be raised without meaningful contact with the natural world.' This matters, and Last Child in the Woods makes it patently clear why, and lays out a path back.' - The Ecologist"