Book of the Month — July 2016 (National Parks & Recreation Month)

Welcome back, readers!  It’s time for our “Book of the Month”!

Have you been following up with our 2016 Remarkable Reading Recommendations?  We have already posted half of our lists for the summer.  Make sure to follow our blog so you don’t miss any of our amazing books.  Click here to catch up with our RRR lists!

Now, I’m happy to present our July book:

July is National Parks and Recreation Month


During this time of the year, nothing feels as refreshing as being outside.  (Well, in most parts of the country.)  There is something so calming about a soft summer breeze, the smell of the rain, and the feel of the grass between your toes.

My husband and I love to go down to the Metroparks and walk their nature trails.  We get to see scenic overlooks and a beautiful pond, among the towering trees.  But little compares to when I got to see the majesty of Niagara Falls, or when he took me to see the Grand Canyon.

In today’s world of modern technology, it’s so freeing to take a step outside and marvel at the wonders of nature.  We hardly take time to realize all of the natural beauty that surrounds us.

The Camping Trip That Changed America, written by Barb Rosenstock with Mordicai Gerstein, tells the relatively untold story of President Theodore Roosevelt’s camping trip with John Muir.  After reading Muir’s book about his time on the Sierra Nevada, the president requested a private camping trip.  What resulted was the saving of the vanishing forest and the establishment and preservation of what are now our natural parks.  This simple story, combined with compelling illustrations, would be a terrific read before traveling to the parks.

What is your favorite story in the great outdoors?  Did you catch a big fish, hike a mountain, or paddle the rapids?  Share your story with us in the comment section!

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Dave Hoffman