Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv: I recommend all educators and parents of young children read this and support the Children and Nature Network online. This title has been out for a while, but as the parent of a young child, it touched me in a way that I previously would not have experienced. It is so important for the health and well-being of our children that we continue to find ways to connect them to nature; Last Child in the Woods explores this topic and offers suggestions for a mentally, emotionally, and physically healthier group of young people.
The Not So Big Life by Sarah Susanka: although I probably skimmed through a bit of the architectural metaphors, I really appreciated the overall message of this positive, constructive book on making change in your life. I found Susanka to have a refreshing voice and I think her workbook/journaling activities might be very helpful to those folks looking to get unstuck and find a new perspective on life.
The Out of Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.: I checked out this book to find some activities and ideas to help my little one, who has experienced some isolated sensory challenges. Though she has not been diagnosed as having SPD, I felt that exposure to some of the sensory activities would be helpful in building her comfort level with touching different textures. I think this book has some great activities and I probably will have to purchase a used copy as I have to return it to the library before having an opportunity to fully test them. Having some limited experience with other special needs children, I do know that sensory play can be a positive and therapeutic activity and recommend this as a supplementary experience for kids with SPD and other sensory challenges.
The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell: This book is over a decade old, but I am just discovering the Kurt Wallander series. Apparently, my thing lately is Swedish mysteries. Mankell’s Wallander struggles to come to terms with a loss in his life while attempting to solve a series of related murders. Wallander must understand the motivation of the killer before the next brutal death. I enjoyed reading this psychological thriller and will be looking for other books in the series at the library.
Currently on my bookshelf:
A Trick of the Light: a Chief Inspector Gamache novel by Louise Penny
A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS by Jennet Conant
The Tempus History of Wales by Prys Morgan
Under the Tuscan Sun by Francis Mayes (re-reading because I LOVE it so much!)