News & Reviews:
July 14, 2011
The Green Hour joins Roost Books, Shambhala Publications' new imprint that focuses on the everyday activities that nourish and enrich our lives.
> For more information, visit Roost Books
June 23, 2011
The Green Hour is named the seasonal book recommendation in the Summer '11 issue of Juno, the UK natural parenting magazine.
> Read the full review
May 24, 2011
Author Todd Christopher delivers keynote address "The Landscape of Childhood" at the inaugural Pennsylvania Healthy & Active Communities Summit in Hershey, PA.
> For photos, video and presentation slides, visit PA Healthy & Active Communities Summit
April 22, 2011
Author Todd Christopher and The Green Hour are featured in the 2011 Green Issue of Rails to Trails magazine.
"Whether you're out on a rail-trail or right outside your back door, working in a green hour each day can work magic on the mind, body and spirit."
> For details, visit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy :: Magazine :: Green Issue 2011
March 7, 2011
Author Todd Christopher to deliver keynote at the inaugural Pennsylvania Healthy & Active Communities Summit in May
> For details, visit PA Healthy & Active Communities Summit
November 1, 2010
The Green Hour receives a terrific review from Washington Parent
"Todd Christopher gets families out and having fun in this engagingly written guide..."
> For the full review, visit Book Reviews | WashingtonParent.com
October 27, 2010
The Green Hour is named a finalist in the 15th annual Books for a Better Life Awards.
> For more, visit Books for a Better Life: National MS Society
October 1, 2010
Author Todd Christopher is a featured guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's Veronica Rueckert Show.
September 3, 2010
The Green Hour gets a nice review from Out There Monthly.
"Whether you are a curious naturalist, an educator or a mentor or parent, this book is a basic primer for opening the nature connection doorway with simplicity and enthusiasm."
> For the full article, see Out There Monthly | Book Reviews
August 25, 2010
The Green Hour and author Todd Christopher are featured in "Wireless Wilderness" in Environmental Defense Fund's Solutions newsletter.
"Kids need to unplug and have multisensory natural experiences," says environmental author Todd Christopher.
> For the full article, see Wireless Wilderness - Solutions Newsletter - Environmental Defense Fund
June 29, 2010
The Green Hour and author Todd Christopher are featured in "12 Big Ideas - Solutions that could actually save the planet" in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine
"The important thing is for you and your family to immerse yourselves in nature, to rebuild that connection that we’re losing. The amount of time kids spend exploring the natural world today will inform how they will see the natural world as adults. Before we ask kids to save the world, let them first come to know it and love it."
>For the full article, see 12 Big Ideas | Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine
June 17, 2010
The Green Hour receives a nice review from Montreal Families
"This engaging and easy-to-read book explores why spending time outside is so critical for children... Parents wanting to encourage a love of nature in their children won’t go wrong with this book as its easy-to-do projects will have everyone racing for the door."
>For the full review, see Montreal Families - Books That Encourage Outdoor Play
May 19, 2010
The Green Hour receives a lovely review from Light Green Stairs
"...an all-around charming book that never preaches, but still manages to teach plenty."
>For the full review, see Light Green Stairs - The Green Hour book review
April 28, 2010
The Green Hour receives very nice reviews from The Green Phone Booth and Spirituality & Practice
"...jam-packed full of outdoor activities for everyone from the beginner to the more advanced nature explorer."
>For more, see The Green Phone Booth
"...with great élan and creativity, Christopher shares a broad crosscut of activities and ideas to make the most of explorations in your own backyard, on the trail, in the meadow, at the shore, whatever the weather, and with your eyes on the skies."
>For more, see Spirituality & Practice
April 22, 2010
What an Earth Day! The Green Hour is featured by Daily Candy Kids, Simple Kids, The Green Mom Review, Light Green Stairs and Happy Healthy Hip Parenting, and author Todd Christopher appears on Sirius/XM's Kids Place Live!
"The Green Hour, by Todd Christopher, helps you turn a park or backyard into an eco-classroom."
> For more, see Ecofriendly Earth Day Picks for Kids | Daily Candy Kids
"We love that The Green Hour mixes family time with outdoor education. Brilliant!"
> For more, see The Green Mom Review
"My kids and I have been using our copy of The Green Hour this Spring to take full advantage of the perfect learning environment that lies right outside our back door. This book is like a lesson planner, activity book, and field guide rolled into one – and it is easy to stuff in your backpack, too. I know you’re going to love it!"
> For more, check out Simple as That: Connect with Nature in an Hour a Day | Simple Kids
"The Green Hour brought a smile to my face every time I opened a new chapter... Todd Christopher’s book is a gentle and lovely reminder about the importance of incorporating nature in our kid’s lives, from an early age, so they’ll grow up to be adults who spend much quality time outside."
> For more, check out Happy Healthy Hip Parenting
April 13, 2010
The Green Hour and author Todd Christopher are featured in an ABC News/AP story
"Todd Christopher, author of The Green Hour: A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids (Trumpeter Books, 2010), notes that teenagers often use more than one form of media at a time: They may text while watching TV or talk on the phone while using the computer. Making media part of an interaction with nature can help get teens' attention, he says, citing treasure hunts as an example — either devised by neighborhood parents, or by geo-caching and letterboxing."
> For the full article, check out Teens May Need Extra Push to Get Outdoors - ABC News
The Green Hour receives a very nice review from KidoInfo
"Wherever you are–your yard, in the woods, at the beach–this book has absorbing activities for all ages... Digging into the earth that your very own home rests upon becomes an other-worldly adventure with this book as your guide. I love the way it offers both projects... and clear information... to help non-expert eyes see the natural world on a more intricate level."
> For the full review, check out KIDOINFO - Book Review: The Green Hour
March 7, 2010
The Green Hour is featured in USA WEEKEND magazine
"Have your children spent quality time outside lately? With video and computer games, cellphones and TV competing for their attention, it's not surprising that kids spend a lot of their free time indoors. But children must "unplug" and embrace nature early on so they'll become future protectors of the environment, says Todd Christopher, author of The Green Hour: A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids, in bookstores March 16...."
> For the full article, check out Let outdoors into your kids' lives
February 27, 2010
The Green Hour receives a terrific review from Kids in the Valley, Adventuring!
"This book has it all... written to inform and encourage, not to overwhelm or to preach... With simple activities involving birding, moon watching, hiking, outdoor games, seed collections, and the wonder of bugs, birds and butterflies, The Green Hour makes it all seem so easy..."
> For the full review, check out Kids in the Valley, Adventuring!
January 21, 2010
The Green Hour receives a starred review from Library Journal.
"Christopher... here presents an activity-filled book on outdoor discovery and creative play, where 'curiosity [is] your guide, and wonder [your] reward.' ... Enthusiastically recommended."
> For the full review, check out Library Journal - Parenting Short Takes: Sex, Poop & Outdoor Play
January 8, 2010
The Green Hour is featured in USA TODAY's "Green House."
"Green Hour is a field guide to outdoor activities that parents can plan for their kids, such as finding the North Star from your backyard. Author Todd Christopher, creator of the National Wildlife Federation's Green Hour website, talks about how families can reclaim free time by unplugging from myriad electronic devices."
> For the full review, check out How to raise a healthy, nature-loving child? Green parenting books offer tips - Green House - USATODAY.com
January 6, 2010
The Green Hour receives a nice recommendation in the Sierra Club's "The Green Life."
"This one is for adults, about kids, and is founded on the premise that each child needs at least an hour a day to interact with nature. The author contends that the dwindling amount of time spent outdoors is a major factor in children’s health problems, including obesity. Christopher uncovers and shoots down all scenarios potentially standing in the way of outdoor activity..."
> For the full review, check out The Sierra Club: The Green Life: Book Roundup Wednesday