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Books – fundamental or central to the nature of something or someone.

There are books and then there a books that are worth reading. Here we list the books that have helped us, and our student Forest School Leaders, on the journey. They are full of easy to read ideas and factual theory behind the Forest School ethos.

Many of these books can be previewed for free via the following KindleUnlimited link:

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Basecamp Book : The Listening Walk

Put on your socks and shoes--and don't forget your ears! We're going on a listening walk. Shhhhh.
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Not A Stick

A beautifully designed book, celebrating the power of the imagination to transform even the most ordinary of objects into something magical.
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Fika : The Swedish art of having a break

As we continue to promote awareness of mental health, and the 'art' of Fika, you might be interested in learning more about this compulsory Skandi event. No choice, you must take fika! 🙂
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Little Book Of Hygge

The Little Book of Hygge is the definitive, must-read introduction to hygge, written by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen.
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Danish Art Of Whittling : Snitte

Step by step guide, with pictures to complete simple and traditional whittling projects from Scandinavia.
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…made things out of tree

Robert Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. After all, ash is the tree we have made the greatest and most varied use of over the course of human history.
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Whittling For Kids

With more than fifty activities at levels for beginners and up, children can create something useful, beautiful or fun (often all three!) out of wood.
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Forest Crafts

Following this are 20 projects, with simple step-by-step instructions accompanied by photographs and useful tips. Dotted throughout are interesting nuggets of information about woodland folklore.
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Forest School : Early Years

Outdoor learning continues to play an essential role in early years education, and this new edition of a bestselling book explores how the Forest School approach can be easily and effectively incorporated into early years practice.
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Outdoor Classroom : Ages 3-7

Following a month-by-month format, it explores theme-related play experiences, planning, evaluations of how the ideas described were carried out.
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Forest School In Practice

beautiful full-colour book by Forest School expert and teacher Sara Knight that inspires and encourages individuals of all ages to take an innovative approach to outdoor play and learning.
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Planning In The Moment

This book embraces the concept of planning "in the moment" and emphasises the critical role of the adult in promoting child-led learning.
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Forest School And Autism

For those coming from a mainstream Forest School background, the author offers an introduction to autism and shows what Forest School can offer people with autism.
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I love my World :: Chris Holland

The king of outdoor ideas is Chris Holland. Many imitate him, but this book is original and full of passion for nature.
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Knot Know How

This beautiful full-colour book covers knots, splices and whippings. It begins with the ten knots everyone should know.
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Natural Mindfulness

An easy-to-use guide that offers a Natural and Mindful path back to yourself. Written by creator of Natural Mindfulness, Ian Banyard.
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A Year Of Forest School

A brand new book from the publishers of another title we highly recommend. This new publication was released in May 2018 and is full of the best ideas, laid out in a way that makes sense. #topbook
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FOREST SCHOOL ADVENTURE : Play ideas for children

Learn how to light a fire without matches, build a shelter to sleep in, cook on a fire, hunt for bugs and much more. From essential bushcraft basics and Stone Age survival skills to joyful outdoor play, this book is packed with ideas to bring your little ones closer to nature and all its magical offerings.
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Hoot Owl :: Teaching resilience

Hoot Owl by Sean Taylor is a fun book to be enjoyed by children of all ages with a strong message of resilience. Have a look at the 'Look Inside' option on Amazon and enjoy sharing this wonderful story with your group.
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Developing a Forest School in Early Years Provision

This book explains what 'Forest School' really means and combines theory with practice on the importance of play and risk. It is an invaluable training manual for those studying to be a Forest School leader or practitioner and includes case studies from professionals.
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101 Things for Kids to do Outside

Packed with games, projects, crafts, experiments and gardening inspiration, 101 Things for Kids to do Outside will have your children racing out to try something new. The huge selection of ideas covers all four seasons and ranges from quick 10-minute activities to a full day of fun.
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Play The Forest School Wayis the first book to share Forest School games, crafts and skill-building activities with families, its magical illustrations and simple instructions drawing children easily into a world of wonder.
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STICK BOOK ::: Forest School Ideas

‘A beautiful and inspiring book, bursting with practical suggestions which will appeal to every child’s imagination. I wanted to rush out to my nearest wood immediately!’ Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo.
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This book is a dream to read. It was written by one of the original pioneers of Forest School (as seen and discussed on the course) and provides the reader with a well documented and powerful insight into the reasoning behind everything we do.
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