In Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation–he calls it nature-deficit– to some of the most disturbing childhood trends such as the rise in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.

Louv talks with parents, children, teachers, scientists, religious leaders, child-development researchers, and environmentalists, who recognize the threat and offer solutions. Louv shows us an alternative future, one in which parents help their kids experience the natural world more deeply–and find the joy of family connectedness in the process.

Last Child in the Woods is the first book to bring together a new and growing body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. More than just raising an alarm, Louv offers practical solutions and simple ways to heal the broken bond, and they are right in our own backyards.

Softcover, 390 pages, 5½ x 8½.