Three books for parents

| 17th June 2009
The Idle Parent, the Bumper Book of Nature and the Lorax are three books that'll help keep children cheerful - the cheap way.

The Idle Parent by Tom Hodgkinson (Hamish Hamilton, £14.99 )

Tom Hodgkinson’s latest book argues that kids and adults alike need to play more and work less. We put far too much effort into parenting – if we leave our kids alone, they will become more self-reliant and we’ll be able to lie in bed for longer. His website is also full of great tips, discussion, resources and links on how to enjoy family life without having to spend lots of money.

The Bumper Book of Nature by Stephen Moss (Square Peg, £17.99)

Less than 10 per cent of kids regularly play in woodlands, countryside and parks, says a recent survey by Natural England who are working on a new plan dubbed One Million Children Outdoors. The aim is to introduce a million kids to wild spaces over three years through a range of projects. If you're looking for ideas in a book format, The Bumper Book of Nature is well worth the £17.99 pricetag. It's a beautifully designed treasure trove of nature activities and information that will inspire kids to swap the TV or computer for the natural world outdoors – whether in the city, suburbs or countryside. Most of the ideas are free.

The Lorax by Dr Seuss (HarperCollins, £7.99)

A storybook classic. Creation of favourite children’s author Dr Seuss, The Lorax was first published in 1971. Behind its zany illustrations, silly rhymes and humour is a haunting fable of the Lorax’s struggle to save the Truffula Trees. Now, more than 35 years on, its strong, underlying ecological message is no less relevant. This new hardback edition is made from 100 per cent recycled materials.

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