Running out of things to do with the kids this summer? Get a copy of Camp Out! The Ultimate Kids' Guide, and, as the bouncer might say, step outside.
The book ($11.95; Workman Publishing) has tons of great backyard and camping activities for ages 7 and up. Author Lynn Brunelle, a writer for TV's Bill Nye, the Science Guy, answers questions for tenderfeet and Grizzly Adams types alike, teaches all kinds of cool skills - making a solar oven out of a pizza box comes to mind - and suggests things to do when just being outdoors gets dull.
The book is never preachy and divides tasks and activities into easily understood components. Heck, most seasoned adults will learn a thing or two from this nifty how-to volume.