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Celebrating the Great Outdoors in the Month of June

June is National Great Outdoors month – check out these titles before you go on your next great outdoor adventure!


The not-so great outdoors by Madeline Kloepper

A grumpy urban kid begrudgingly accompanies her family on a summer camping trip, missing all the sublime sights right under her nose as she longs for the lights and stimulation of the city. But as she explores forests, lakes and mountains, and encounters incredible wildlife, she slowly comes to realize that the sky is its own majestic light show, and the symphony is all around.


Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

When twelve-year-old Ellie and her family lose livelihood and move to a mountain cabin in 1934, she quickly learns to be an outdoors woman and, when needed, a healer.

Let’s play outdoors!: exploring nature for children by Catherine Ard, illustrated by Carla McRae

A book that encourages children to go and play outside and discover what nature has to offer. Leave the house and roam into the nature: It is a fascinating place, waiting to be conquered by little ones with curious minds.


Wild girl by Helen Skelton, illustrated by Liz Kay

From kayaking the length of the Amazon to biking to the South Pole and running an ultramarathon across the Namib desert, Helen Skelton shares the stories of her most daring feats of endurance and grit in some of the world's most extreme wildernesses--overcoming challenges, embracing her fears, and finding the positives in the toughest situations.

All eyes on her by L.E. Flynn

You heard the story on the news. A girl and a boy went into the woods. The girl carried a picnic basket. The boy wore bright yellow running shoes. The girl found her way out, but the boy never did…

La calle es tu gimnasio: guía completa de calistenia y street workout escrito por Yerai Alonso & Sergio Catalán

¿Te imaginas dejar de lado las mancuernas y utilizar tan solo tu peso corporal para practicar deporte? ¿O salir del gimnasio y empezar a ponerte en forma al aire libre? Ahora es posible con la calistenia.

The trail by Ray Anderson

Haunted by his past, Desert Storm veteran Karl Bergman leaves his wife and home behind and sets out on the Appalachian Trail in search of something missing in his life. He never dreams that his quest will force him to confront a serial killer.

Lassoing the sun: a year in America’s national parks by Mark Woods

For many childhood summers, Mark Woods piled into a station wagon with his parents and two sisters and headed to America's national parks. On the eve of turning fifty and a little burned-out, Mark decided to reconnect with the great outdoors. Mark had initially intended to write a book about the future of the national parks, but his book grew into something more: a book about family, the parks, and the legacies we inherit and the ones we leave behind.

Sunshine spaces: naturally beautiful projects to make for your home & outdoor space by Beci Orpin

Designer Beci Orpin shows us how to make and create a range of fun homewares and other fabulous ideas for your outdoor space, including outdoor entertaining as well as how to bring a little of the outdoors inside your home!

Pathways of the pioneers: Idaho's Oregon Trail legacy produced and written by John Crancer ; directed and edited by Chuck Cathcart

DVD: Features dozens of Oregon Trail landmarks in Idaho and includes reenactments of travel and interviews with historians and trail experts. Also, follows the trail today with modern wagon trains.

How to survive your first trip in the wild: backpacking for beginners by Paul Magnanti

Hoopla Audiobook: You can learn to backpack in one of two ways: the hard way, through miserable and expensive trial and error, or from an expert like Paul, who has hiked tens of thousands of miles and has spent hundreds of days in the field. This book is full of honest, practical, and accurate advice that is ideally suited for first-time and beginner backpackers.

Backyard Magazine

OverDrive Magazine: Welcome to the new-look Backyard, the magazine for those who don’t just dream of an amazing garden, they want to get out there and make it happen. If the backyard is where you gather with family and friends; if you want to do more in your backyard, be that build a garden bed or lay some paving; and if you want to get your kids involved too, Backyard is what you need.