How to Swap Screens for Green: Children's Books that Promote Contentment in the Outdoors

Discover six children's books that inspire joy in outdoor adventures.

How to Swap Screens for Green: Children's Books that Promote Contentment in the Outdoors

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How do you get your children excited to play with dirt and sticks when the world is full of fancy colorful toys that do all sorts of cool things?!

We live in a fast-paced culture with stimulation hitting our children from every angle. Children desperately need time to decompress, and the great outdoors offers a perfect opportunity...especially in the summertime! They need to find quiet boredom for the imagination to soar. What joy comes when we see a child happily playing with dirt, rocks, and sticks?

Six Wholesome Books to Nurture Childhood Contentment in the Great Outdoors

Here are 6 books that show happy and content children enjoying the outdoors.

Henry the Castaway - Hardcover

Henry the Castaway

Henry and his dog, Laird Angus McAngus, were fearless explorers. One morning they set out to find an ocean. They took along Henry's explorer's kit and a special new flag from an old shirt. "It may be a long and dangerous trip," he told his mother as they left. "I hope it won't take all day," she said. "Who knows?" replied Henry. "It could take a year!" 

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Roxaboxen - Paperback


There across the road, it looked like any rocky hill—nothing but sand and rocks, and some old wooden boxes. But it was a special place. And all children needed to go there was a long stick and a soaring imagination.

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A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog - Hardcover

a boy, a dog, and a frog

A boy and his dog go walking in the swamp. They spot a frog in the water.
Can they use a net to catch him? (This book is a wordless picture book)

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The Listening Walk - Paperback

The Listening Walk

A little girl and her father take a quiet walk and identify the sounds around them. Soon the girl discovers an extraordinary world of sounds in her everyday environment.

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Play With Me - Paperback

Play With Me

A little girl goes to the meadow to play, but each animal she tries to catch runs away from her—until she sits still by the pond, and they all come back.

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Hello Rock - Paperback

Hello Rock

Hello Rock celebrates the spark of magic we call imagination that lives within each child. The child in this book feels perfectly at ease talking and dreaming with his favorite rock.

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I hope you've enjoyed a peak at some wonderfully wholesome books that demonstrate the simple joys of the outdoor world ~ until next time.