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Family Nature Summit presents: A Nature Lovers' Book List

Browse this list of books dedicated to the outdoors inspired by Linda's family's participation in Family Nature Summits since 2000. Family Nature Summits brings together people who share a deep, abiding love of the outdoors, the pleasure of exploring exquisite new places, a love of learning about the environment, and the pure fun of playing in the wild. Some families bring multiple generations; some, like Linda's, extend the definition of family to the faces they come to know over time. Explore some of the most beautiful areas of the country with the finest faculty and guides, as well as excellent programming for all ages - next year, they'll be in the White Mountains of Maine! Hike your heart out, and at dinner, discover how your 10-year-old learned to build a shelter in the wild and find her way in the woods. Bonds are deep when you have conquered a mountain, a hill, a piece of art, a river together.

The books you'll find on this Nature Lover's list are targeted this year on the island forests of Maine, since that is where the 2018 Summit will be, but other outdoor books will also bear mention. And the program has its own book club, too! Check out the books, and then join in!

Navigating Early Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307930651
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Published: Yearling - December 23rd, 2014

After Jack Baker’s mother dies, his father puts him in a boarding school in Maine where he meets the eccentric Early Auden, but when Jack and Early venture out onto a river/Appalachian Trail quest during school break, they discover much about themselves as well as the Maine woods. Lots of awards, and the perfect blend of the outdoors and the self-discovery being there affords us. 3rd grade and up

The Poacher's Son: A Novel (Mike Bowditch Mysteries #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312671143
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Published: Minotaur Books - April 12th, 2011

Familiarize yourself with the Maine woods while solving Game Warden Mike Bowditch’s first mystery. Nominated for an Edgar Award, this is a tightly woven mystery complete with family drama, land and game use controversies, and a setting you’ll be walking come this summer. If you like it, there are six more in the series. Adult

The Maine Woods (Classic, Nature, Penguin) Cover Image
By Henry David Thoreau, Edward Hoagland (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140170139
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 1st, 1988

In August 1846, Thoreau set out for the backwoods of Maine. His account of those travels will give you a sense of the history of the woods we will walk in the summer of 2018 in the beautiful, reflective prose of one of our most important voices for the wild. Adult Non-Fiction

A Story for Bear Cover Image
By Dennis Haseley, Jim LaMarche (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152002398
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2002

A bear, a woman, and books in the woods. Beautifully illustrated, magical book about the binding power of story. 

On Trails: An Exploration Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476739236
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 4th, 2017

Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and the Pacific Northwest Book Award, Moor explores how hiking trails help us understand the world.  This is my holiday gift to myself, and though it begins on the Appalachian Trail, Moore explores the world through the lens of hiking.  


Amc's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains: Four-Season Guide to 60 of the Best Trails in the White Mountain National Forest Cover Image
ISBN: 9781628420289
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Published: Appalachian Mountain Club - March 7th, 2016

Dave Linthicum suggested this one - what more needs to be said?

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The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101911532
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Published: Vintage - January 30th, 2018

In a search for books about the woods of Maine, I discovered Finkel’s true account of Christopher Knight who in 1986 disappeared into the Maine woods and didn’t come out for 27 years. Christopher stole supplies, food and books from nearby summer cottages and a camp for disabled people, only walked on ice and rock so that his footsteps couldn’t be traced, didn’t contact his family, and almost died of cold and hunger several times. But he would not have come out of the woods had he not been caught; he preferred to die where he had lived. His story is not one of great passion nor of the pursuit of anything but solitude, but Finkel’s telling of this yearning in humankind for solitude made me lovingly stroke my sleeping bag and wish I had not given my tents to my kids.