Giant mountains, deep valleys, gushing rivulets, dense forests and winding trails set the perfect backdrop for a great outdoor adventure. These elements of nature create a space where your child’s imagination can find wings. By gaining the confidence to step onto an unknown path and making decisions in a dynamic environment, it can leave behind a long lasting lesson of overcoming adversities. This in turn can help kids long after they are out of the outdoor space and into the thick of real life. However, it is not necessary that they must go through the process themselves. Oftentimes seeing someone do the impossible is enough to inspire courage to try something for oneself. Through the experiences and real life stories of others, it is possible to encourage a sense of adventure and exploration in the young minds of children. Books do exactly that. They empower individuals with riveting stories of vision, ambition and determination. Such enigmatic sceneries are painted through the medium of words, it is certain to fuel the creativity inside your kids.
That is why we have compiled a list of 5 of the best outdoor books that your kid will not be able to put down,
No Summit Out of Sight – The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits by Jordan Romero – On May 22, 2010, at the age of thirteen, American teenager Jordan Romero became the youngest person to climb to the summit of Mount Everest- but he didn’t stop there. In this inspiring young adult memoir, he tells his quest to reach the top of the highest peaks across all seven continents. His journey shows him overcoming perils, emotional turmoil, physical exhaustion and surviving an avalanche on the highest mountain in the world. This book is sure to leave your child wanting to seek out their own Everest.
Soul Surfer – A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton – Soul Surfer is a moving account of internationally ranked surfer Bethany Hamilton who survives a shark attack. The life of this young surfer turns upside down for she pays the price of survival with her arm. Her story is one of mental fortitude and perseverance as she shares her recovery after the attack, the adjustments she made to her unique surfing style and her unprecedented bid for a top showing in the World Surfing Championships. Readers will be left behind in awe of her spiritual grit which reiterates the fact that everything you need to succeed is inside of you if you channelize it.
The Adventures of Rusty by Ruskin Bond – This classic coming of age tale follows the imaginative and curiosity driven Rusty, a boy from the hills who finds adventures in everyday life. Set in the valley of Dehradun, the imagery evokes the beautiful mountainous visuals and reinforces the importance of finding joys in simple things such as a sunset, a slow blooming flower or an assortment of odd animals. A charming and simple read, every time your kid picks up this book, they are bound to be transported to Rusty’s world, away from modern day life. You will also find Toto, the monkey that travelled in a bag on a train; an encounter with a leopard; life as a young writer in faraway London; and the return home to roots. A must read for the young lot.
Ambushed by Nayanika Mahtani – Tara Tripathi’s worst nightmare will definitely become your kid’s dream in this thrilling adventure story that explores the beauty, joy and dangers of the natural world. Much to Tara’s shock, her father decides to take the entire family on a most unusual vacation—tracking Royal Bengal tigers in the Himalayan foothills! Somehow Tara’s paths cross with not only tigers but also with that of poachers and smugglers where she is saved by a poacher’s son Satya. The story follows these two ambitious souls who find more in common as they tackle the bad guys. The book shows more than simply the animal kingdom and will leave your kid with the thought of standing up for what is right.
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George – This book is for every kid who has felt at some point like running away from their home. Young Sam Gribley does just that and manages to go all the way to the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York. Out in the wilderness, he finds a home in a tree and makes friends with a falcon and a weasel. His desire for freedom, independence and adventure teach him the essential skills survival as he learns to live off the land and growing up in the process. This book gives the courage to chase after what you really want but with full accountability of its consequences. And that is a priceless lesson to have.
These books will help build the base for an adventure hungry kid and drive traits such as curiosity, determination and courage in their formative years. They will also imbibe in them, a love for mother nature and it’s vast wilderness. We hope your children enjoy getting lost in these narratives.