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

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Paperback, 335 pages
Algonquin Books, 2006

In his groundbreaking work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, journalist and child advocate Richard Louv directly links the absence of nature in the lives of today's wired generatoin to some of the most disturbing childhood trends: the rise in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. This is the first book to bring together a body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional helath of children and adults. More than just raising an alarm, Louv offers practical solutions to heal the broken bond.

Editorial Reviews

"The simplest, most profound, and most helpful of any book I have read on the personal and historical situation of our children, and ourselves, as we move into the twenty-first century." --Thomas Berry author of The Dream of the Earth

"Parents, educators, therapists and city officials can benefit from taking seriously Louv's call for a 'nature-child' reunion.'" --Scientific American

"With this scholarly yet practical book, Louv offers solutions today for a healthier, greener tomorrow." --Washington Post Book World

About the Author

Richard Louv has been a columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune and has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor.  He has also appeared on Good Morning AmericaTodayand NPR's Fresh Air and Talk of the Nation.  The author of seven books about family, nature, and community, Louv is the chairman of the Children & Nature Network (