Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Join writer Barbara Kingsolver and her family as they embark upon a year of eating only locally-sourced food. Kingsolver documents the challenges of building up her own farm, as well as getting acquainted with her fellow neighborhood producers. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes for an insightful read by showcasing Kingsolver’s knowledgeable scientific background and mastery of creative writing. Uncover the joys of enjoying foods when they are in season, and recognize the environmental and quality costs suffered at the expense of a meal’s lengthy journey.
Home Grown by Ben Hewitt
Ben Hewitt and his wife practice ‘unschooling’- raising two boys on their self-sustaining Vermont farm. Abandoning the confines of a four-walled classroom, Hewitt advocates outside education as an effective means for nurturing a love of learning in his children. Home Grown leaves out the judgmental suggestions and instead offers more mindfulness tricks that may transform your ideas on parenting.
How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson
This novel from “Dr. Scott”, host of the PBS series Dinosaur Train, offers thoughts on how to engage communities, rural or urban, in the natural world. Sampson enthusiastically advocates for the investment in outdoor spaces by citing their long-term benefits towards cognitive and social development. To retreat from the modern stressors many kids face of being “over-scheduled, over-protected, and over-screened”, Sampson delivers guidance on connecting kids with the outdoors.