Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
By Richard Louv
Algonquin Books / 348 pages / $15
A few years ago, Richard Louv's book created a sensation and a movement. Kids were too busy, too distracted, too protected to spend much time outdoors, he argued. The book drew attention to the problem and helped spark initiatives across the country to get kids back outdoors where they could play, enjoy nature and learn about the environment. In this revised and updated edition, out in paperback in time for Earth Day on Wednesday, Louv issues a "progress report," cites new studies that document the benefits of being outdoors and includes new ideas for how to get the kids off the sofa and into nature.