“N” Connect with Nature

March 16, 2012 at 8:09 am 3 comments

Remember when, exploring nature in your backyard was fun? A Ladybug walks across your hand, watching a bee drink necture from a flower, or observe a hummingbird in flight? Collecting tadpoles and watching them turn into frogs? Just remember to return the frogs back to the pond.

Well, in the continuing quest to Read Across America, to inspire reading is a joy. I have a found an award-winning book to share: Deborah Hartman’s book, Jacob and the Magic Feather. Here are Deborah Hartman’s insightful thoughts to encourage kids to go outside.

Children’s Books with Nature are Encouraging Kids to Go Outside

Children are spending less and less time outside as the electronic revolution takes over. We need to encourage our families and children to “get back to nature” both by doing more outside and by capturing the imaginations of young children with books that include nature. The outdoor is a magical place for children to learn about the world around them. Nature has qualities that are unique and appealing – “there is unending diversity; and a feeling of timelessness – the landscapes, trees, rivers described in fairy tales and myths”(1) — capture a child’s imagination like no other place.

I wrote a book called “Jacob and the Magic Feather” which is about a young boy who goes hiking in the mountains of New Hampshire. He befriends a lost and hungry bird. The bird in turn gives him a magic feather. Jacob encounters many adventures on the rest of his hike and uses the feather wisely to arrive safely back home. The story inspires children to enjoy the magic of the great outdoors. Readers can discover facts about New Hampshire’s White Mountains as Jacob explores nature through his various adventures.

Whenever I do readings I always include a craft where the children get to make a sketchbook of things they might find in nature. I bring many pieces of the natural world for them to look at and touch; there are shells, rocks, leaves, acorns, pine cones, feathers and other items for them to marvel at. I encourage the kids to look at the world around them and take notice of the wonders of nature.

“Jacob and the Magic Feather” was nominated as a “Must Read Picture Book” by the Metrowest Massachusetts Regional Library System.

Please check it out:
Watch the 1 minute video book trailer to get a feel for the story and the illustrations at: 

or at Amazon:
Jacob and the Magic Feather

I had asked Deborah what other books inspired her: Here are some more wonderful children’s books that inspire a love of the outdoors:

The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow
Adventure on Klickitat Island by Hilary Horder Hippely
What’s Under the Log? by Anne Hunter
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Around the Pond: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George

(1)Encouraging article to read


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sandra McLeod Humphrey  |  March 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Love the trailer and I love your voice–it’s such a great storytelling voice!

  • 2. Deborah Hartman  |  March 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks Sandra….I have to give credit for the voice to my neighbor (Joanna Loveluck)…it is fun to work on projects with friends. Please pass on the links to any others you think might enjoy.

    Also, not sure if your books are being referenced in our school system but I will check. They certainly are of relevance today.

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