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Taking a Hike? Read a Book! 8 Hiking Books to Excite and Educate

Whether you are a novice hiker or have been hiking for years, it never hurts to learn more about your passion. Matter of fact, many hikers don’t believe that their backpack is properly packed unless it includes some reading material. Here are a few books to consider as part of your trail preparation.

  1. Highpoints of the United States by Don W. Holmes (Cordiller Press, Inc,1990)if you have ever wondered what the highest point is in each state is and what it would take to reach each peak, then this is just the book. You will trail descriptions, milepost information, historical notes an more in this well written book.
  2. Follow the Trail: A Young Person’s Guide to the Great Outdoors by Jessica Loy (Henry Holt & Company, 2003) is written especially for children, Ms. Loy uses illustrations and photos to explain how children can help plan, prepare and participate in all the fun found when hiking and camping out.
  3. Take a Hike: The Sierra Club Kid’s Guide to Hiking and Backpacking by Lynne Foster (Sierra Club Books,1991) teaches children, ad beginning hikers the basics of this great activity. The book includes chapters on map reading, what to watch for along the trail, how to set up camp and resources for sponsored hikes, and getting maps.
  4. 100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books, 2007) is well written and informative. You will find directions to the trailhead and where to turn along the trail, level of difficulty, elevation, how long it will take to follow the trail and when the trail(s) are accessible. Of special interest are the photographs of many of the hiking areas as well as a description of the trails terrain.
  5. The Complete Guide to Walking in Canada by Elliott Katz (A Firefly Book, 2001)- Whether you live n Canada or are planning a hiking adventure this book is a plethora of information on how to plan a trip, where to go, when to go and much more. There is also a special section of color photos taken along some of Canada’s beautiful hiking trails.
  6. Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway: The Ultimate Guide to America’s Most Popular Scenic Roadway by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guide, 2003) offers trail by trail descriptions of this beautiful hike. Divided into 4 sections- the North Central Blue Ridge, the Blue Ridge Plateau, the High Country and the Southern Appalachians; hikers will find information concerning difficulty and type of trail, milepost, and the sights to be seen along the trail. This book also includes information such as maps, where to find overnight lodging, and where to find boat access, should the trip include rafting as well as hiking adventure.
  7. Dayhiker: Walking for Fun, Fitness and Adventure by Robert S. Wood (Ten Speed Press, 1991) No matter your hiking experience this book offers a plethora of information to help with determining your hiking needs. Chapters cover topics like types of clothing, how to train for hiking, backpacking know-how, and many practical tips for enjoying this adventuresome sport.
  8. Car Camping for Everyone by Mary and Bill Burnham (Morris Book Publishing, 2009) is a well written book that offers Hiking tips for solo and group hiking, as well as introducing your children to the joys of hiking. Car Camping for Everyone has valuable information on day hiking, menu planning, the necessary gear and much more.

Take a hike and bring along a book to read. You can be hiking in Arizona and read about the mountains of Canada-what a life!

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Children Educational Books – Resources For Teachers

Children’s educational books offer numerous resources to teachers to incorporate balanced literacy into classrooms. The books should be collaborative, and it should support comprehension, fluency, as well as reading skills. These books that teach the basic skills to the children should make learning fun for them. Teachers should approach the subject they are trying to teach in a fun and engaging way. This is what most educational books on children emphasise.

Types Of Books

There are various types of children’s educational books available as resources for teachers. They can be about early learning; about books that encourage reading in children; about health and safety; and math; among various other topics. These books are no longer filled only with pages and the printed stuff. They are no longer only knowledge imparting printed pages, but colourfully illustrated books, making them a source of attractive reading for the young minds.

These wonderful educational books are not only resources for teachers to teach young children, but are tempting enough for adults as well so as they can read them with interest. These lovely books have colourful pop-outs that give snippets of information. There are pull-outs that tell children about the facts and anecdotes about the topic under discussion. These books also offer an interesting, artistic, and colourful way of telling the children how things work.

There are various books teaching them about the earth and the galaxies beyond; books on the animal kingdom; books that impart social and moral values; all accompanied with powerful graphics and wonderful illustrations. This interesting way of educating children has made it very easy for teachers to educate the little ones with utmost care.

Available Online

The resources available for teachers to educate children are available from various online sources. A click on the mouse opens up a colourful world for teachers to browse through the books of their choice. They have to decide on what topic they should go about and what should be the way of teaching them.

Children’s educational books are available as resources for teachers – grade-wise, subject-wise, and activity-wise. There are a variety of books on various topics for children in different grades. Then they are also available according to different activities and games. Teachers can browse through Internet depending upon the subjects they want to know and teach about. There are endless subjects and these educational books make it fun not only for teachers who impart education but also for the children who absorb what they see and learn.

Teaching children is no longer a drab thing to do. These colourful children’s educational books have changed the way how children are imparted education.

The Kids’ Book Club Book

School is nearly out, and parents everywhere are beginning to wonder what the heck to do with the summer looming before them. Here’s an idea: Start a kids’ book club. As it happens, I know just where to send you for information on how to do it. 🙂

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp have taken the concept from their first book, “The Book Club Cookbook,” and gone nuts with it in “The Kids’ Book Club Book,” creating what will probably always stand as the definitive book on organizing a kids’ reading club. It covers the how-tos of starting a book club for children, ways to spice up meetings, and includes lists of suggested books for certain age groups.

Then they take these ideas and show you exactly what they’re talking about, taking a suggested book and breaking it down for you. A timid book club organizer could take this book and work with it for a good chunk of time without having to come up with a single original idea. By the time he finished, he’d be a pro and wouldn’t have any trouble continuing on his own.

Example: The break-down of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”:

  • A brief synopsis of the book.
  • A couple of pages of “tidbits” on author Roald Dahl, including biographical notes and a discussion of racism in the original depiction of the Oompa-Loompas.
  • A recipe for Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight, a recipe created by Dahl himself with his wife, Felicity (with a warning that it’s extremely sweet).
  • A “candy inventing” activity.
  • A candy bar guessing game.
  • Discussion questions for the kids.
  • Sadly, no ideas on how adults can cope with a book club full of kids hopped up on sugar. Luckily, it’s a rare book that has this much candy in it!

Gelman and Levy Krupp interviewed something like 500 kids’ book clubs around the country, and it shows. This book is PACKED with book ideas, activities, recipes, discussion questions and more. I can’t imagine a homeschool group, especially, that wouldn’t get a great deal out of it.