Friday, June 17, 2011

Mommy's Summer Reading

From Abbie and the Moms Clean Air Force

School's almost out and I'm planning my summer reading. I used to love sitting out in the sun or floating around the pool with a good book. But these days, the best reading is during nap time snuggled up next to my sleeping toddler. Here's what I'm looking forward to reading this summer.

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv - I've wanted to read this book for years! I grew up spending lots of time outside and I've often witnessed how today's kids are disconnected from nature.

Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen - At 15 months old, Joshua is a blast to play with. I look forward to learning more about how to interact and have fun, and summer vacation is the perfect time for it!

The Diaper-Free Baby by Christine Gross-Loh - I'm not sure if elimination communication is right for our family, but I'm interested in learning more. I look forward to lots of diaper-free time outside this summer!

Smart Mama's Green Guide by Jennifer Taggart - I've talked to Jennifer through our Green Moms Yahoo Group a few times, and after a particularly interesting conversation about mattresses, I decided I simply must read her book.

This Fine Piece of Water: An Environmental History of Long Island Sound by Tom Andersen - I've read this book a few times, but I've assigned it as summer reading for my Advanced Placement Environmental Science class so I'm going to review it. There are so many environmental themes, and it is perfect to introduce my students to place-based learning.

Physics... I'm going to be teaching physics next year, and I need to study for the certification tests. So my summer won't be all play and no work!

What are you looking forward to reading this summer?

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Willo said...

I want to read "Last Child in the Woods" too. It is one of my greatest joys to see my boys playing i the woods every day. And now I have to et the Green Mama book as I just ordered my son a twin (organic cotton) mattress.

Farmer's Daughter said...

Jennifer said there's info in the book about mattresses. We had a discussion about offgasing, etc.

Betsy (Eco-novice) said...

Abbie, I just got Jennifer's book and it is really great. I look forward to reviewing it eventually. It is one of the best in the "encyclopedic guide to toxins" category.

I check out Last Child, and it was more of a skimmer for me. A great argument, but it can be summed up in -- let your kids play in nature unsupervised.

I also would like to read Diaper-free baby. I loved Diaper-Free before 3 (did a 3-part review/discussion of it on my blog), which I think is a very practical approachable method to early potty training (she suggests starting around 6 months). I'd be interested to see how Diaper-Free baby compares. Please post a review when you read it!


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