This is a selection of some of the great books and other materials that we have here at BML about walking, hiking, nature, and the great outdoors. Enjoy! Visit our catalog to put things on reserve, or call us for help!

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Adult Nonfiction

Hiking Resources: General & Local

Alt, Jeff. Get your kids hiking : how to start them young and keep it fun. New York : Beaufort Books, c2013. Call number: 796.51 ALT

Connecticut Forest and Park Association. Connecticut walk book east : the guide to the Blue-Blazed hiking trails of eastern Connecticut, including the Metacomet and Mattabesett trails. Rockfall, CT : Connecticut Forest and Park Association, c2005. Call number: 791.51 CONNEC

Hardy, David. 50 hikes in Connecticut : hikes and walks from the Berkshires to the coast. Woodstock, Vt. : Backcountry Guides ; New York : Distributed by W.W. Norton, c2002. Call number: 796.51 HARDY

Keyarts, Eugene. Short nature walks in Connecticut. Globe Pequot Press, 1999. Call number: 796.51 KEYART

Laubach, René. AMC’s best day hikes Connecticut : four-season guide to 50 of the best trails from the highlands to the coast. Boston, MA : Appalachian Mountain Club Books, c2007. Call number: 796.51 LAUBAC

Lewis, Cynthia Copeland. Best hikes with kids : Connecticut, Massachusetts & Rhode Island. Seattle, Wash. : Mountaineers Books, c2007. Call number: 796.51 LEWIS

Hiking Resources: National & Global

Berger, Karen. America’s great hiking trails. New York : Rizzoli, 2014.  Call number: 796.51 BERGER

Bouchard, Fred. Fodor’s Boston. New York : Fodors Travel Pub., c2014. Call number: 917.4404 BOUCHA

Bryson, Bill. A walk in the woods : rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. New York : Broadway Books, c1998. Call number: 917.404 BRY

Ducharme, Sam. Sole searching on the Appalachian Trail. Woodstock, CT : Sam Ducharme/Rose Publishing, 2018. Call number: 917.4 DUCHAR

Fodor’s New England. New York, NY : Fodor’s Travel Pub., c2013. Call number: 917.404 FOD

Jenkins, Peter. A walk across America. New York : Morrow, 1979. Call number: 917.3 JEN
(Sequel: The walk west : A walk across America 2)

King, Brian B. The Appalachian Trail : celebrating America’s hiking trail. New York : Rizzoli, 2012. Call number: 917.404 KING

Manning, Robert E. Walking distance : extraordinary hikes for ordinary people. Corvalis : Oregon State University Press, 2013. Call number: 796.51 MANNIN

Wood, Levison. Walking the Americas : 1,800 miles, eight countries, and one incredible journey from Mexico to Colombia. New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018. Call number: 917.28 WOOD

Hiking and Walking: Science!

Finch, Robert. The Outer Beach : a thousand-mile walk on Cape Cod’s Atlantic shore. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]. Call number: 508.744 FINCH

Pang, Alex Soojung-Kim. Rest : why you get more done when you work less. New York : Basic Books, [2016]. Call number: 612 PANG

Rose, Jonathan D. The foot book : a complete guide to healthy feet. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2011. Call number: 617.5 ROS

Streets, Annabel. 52 ways to walk : the surprising science of walking for wellness and joy, one week at a time. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, [2022]. Call number: 796.51 STREET

Historical Hikes and Hikers

Cahill, Susan. The streets of Paris : a guide to the City of Light following in the footsteps of famous Parisians throughout history. New York : St. Martin’s Griffin, 2017. Call number: 914.4 CAHILL

Gifford, Bill. Ledyard : in search of the first American explorer. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2007. Call number: B LEDYARD

Strayed, Cheryl. Wild. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. Call number: B STRAYED

Zug, James. American traveler : the life and adventures of John Ledyard, the man who dreamed of walking the world. New York : Basic Books, c2005. Call number: 910.92 ZUG

Camping, Cooking & Survival

Bittman, Mark. How to grill everything : simple recipes for great flame-cooked food. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. 641.7 BITTMA

Callan, Kevin. The happy camper : an essential guide to life outdoors. Erin, Ont. : Boston Mills Press ; Buffalo, N.Y. : Distributed by Firefly Books, 2005. 796.54 CAL

Elias, Thomas S. Field guide to North American edible wild plants. New York : Outdoor Life Books : Distributed to the trade by V.N. Reinhold, c1982. 581.6 ELI

Frisch, Emma. Feast by firelight : simple recipes for camping, cabins, and the great outdoors. California : Ten Speed Press, [2018]. 641.5 FRISCH

Mears, Raymond. The outdoor survival handbook. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 1993. 613.6 MEA

Nature Photography & Field Guides

National geographic rarely seen : photographs of the extraordinary. Washington, D.C. : National geographic, [2015]. 779 NATION

National Geographic stunning photographs. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2014]. 778.9 NATION

Clark, Andrew. Rocks and minerals. New York : Exeter Books, 1984. 549 CLA

Elias, Thomas S. Field guide to North American edible wild plants. New York : Outdoor Life Books : Distributed to the trade by V.N. Reinhold, c1982. 581.6 ELI

Landry, Sarah. Peterson first guide to urban wildlife. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1994. 591.97 LAN

Pasachoff, Jay M. Peterson first guide to astronomy. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1988. 522 PAS

Medicine & Health

Dunn, Rob R. The wild life of our bodies : predators, parasites, and partners that shape who we are today. New York : Harper, c2011. 579 DUN

Foster, Steven. Desk reference to nature’s medicine. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, 2006. 615 FOS

Ingels, Darin. The Lyme solution : a 5-part plan to fight the inflammatory auto-immune response and beat Lyme disease. New York : Avery Publishing, 2018. 616.9 INGELS

McFadzean, Nicola. The beginner’s guide to Lyme disease : diagnosis and treatment made simple. South Lake Tahoe, CA : BioMed Publishing Group, c2012. 616.9 MCF

O’Rourke, Meghan. The invisible kingdom : reimagining chronic illness. New York : Riverhead Books, 2022. 616 OROURK

Weintraub, Pamela. Cure unknown : inside the Lyme epidemic. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2008. 616.9 WEI


Barnett, Cynthia. The sound of the sea : seashells and the fate of the oceans. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2021]. 519.47 BARNET

Roach, Mary. Fuzz : when nature breaks the law. New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2021]. 591.5 ROACH

Tallamy, Douglas W. Nature’s best hope : a new approach to conservation that starts in your yard. Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2019. 635.9 TALLAM

Tallamy, Douglas W. The nature of oaks : the rich ecology of our most essential native trees. Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2021. 634.9 TALLAM

Wills, Christopher. Green equilibrium : the vital balance of humans & nature. Oxford, England : Oxford University Press, 2013. 577 WIL

Wohlleben, Peter. The heartbeat of trees : embracing our ancient bond with forests and nature. Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Books, 2021. 582.16 WOHL

Crafts & Activities

Cusick, Dawn. Nature crafts with a microwave. New York : Sterling, 1995. 745.5 CUS

Lawson, Nancy. The humane gardener : nurturing a backyard habitat for wildlife. New York : Princeton Architectural Press, [2017]. 577.5 LAWSON

Lilley, Kate. Eco-friendly crafting with kids : 35 step-by-step projects for preschool kids and adults to create together. London ; New York : Ryland Peters & Small, 2012. 745.5 LIL

Martin, Laura C. Nature’s art box : from t-shirts to twig baskets : 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere. North Adams, MA : Storey Kids, c2003. Call number: J 745.5 MARTIN

Morgan, Sally. The healthy vegetable garden : a natural, chemical-free approach to soil, biodiversity and managing pests and diseases. White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, [2021]. 635 MORGAN

Thoughts on the Great Outdoors

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. The works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. New York, Tudor Pub. Co. [n.d.]. 818 EME

McDougall, Christopher. Running with Sherman : the donkey with the heart of a hero. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019. 636.1 MCDOUG

Nestor, James. Deep : freediving, renegade science, and what the ocean tells us about ourselves. Boston : An Eamon dolan book, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. 797.2 NES

Updike, John. Facing nature : poems. New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1985. 811 UPD

Adult Fiction

Barr, Nevada. The rope : an Anna Pigeon novel. New York : Minotaur Books, 2012. Call number: BAR

Evans, Richard Paul. The walk. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2010. Call number: EVA

Jimenez, Abby. The happy ever after playlist. New York, NY : Forever, 2020. Call number: JIMENE

Joyce, Rachel. The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry : a novel. New York : Random House, c2012. Call number: JOY

Petrie, Nicholas. Light it up. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, [2018]. Call number: PETRIE

Rooney, Kathleen. Lillian Boxfish takes a walk. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2017. Call number: ROONEY

Roper, Richard. When we were young. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, [2021]. Call number: ROPER

Sparks, Nicholas. A walk to remember. New York : Warner Books, c1999. Call number: SPA

Non-Print Materials (Books on CD, DVDs, etc.)

Bryson, Bill. A walk in the woods [sound recording]: rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. [New York] : Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publ., p1998. Call number: CD BK 917.404 BRYSON

Feiler, Bruce S. Walking the Bible [sound recording] : a Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses. New York, N.Y. : Harper Audio, 2003, p2001. Call number: CD BK 915.6 FEILER

Movies about journeys, adventures, and more:

  • The adventures of Milo and Otis
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Call of the wild
  • Catch me if you can
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Choose your own adventure
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • A dog’s way home
  • Enchanted
  • Finding Nemo
  • Joe Bell
  • Ken Burns’ The National Parks
  • The Martian
  • The Odyssey
  • Thelma & Louise
  • Wild Hogs
  • A wrinkle in time

Teen and Juvenile Nonfiction

Alladin, Erin. Outside, you notice. Toronto, Ontario : Pajama Press, 2021. Call number: J 508 ALLADI

Arnosky, Jim. Wild tracks! : a guide to nature’s footprints. New York : Sterling Pub. Co., c2008. Call number: J 591.47 ARN

Bauer, Marion Dane. Yosemite. New York : Simon Spotlight, 2020. Call number: JE BAUER

Davies, Nicola. Outside your window : a first book of nature. Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012. Call number: J 808.81 DAV

Hewitt, Ben. The young adventurer’s guide to (almost) everything : build a fort, camp like a champ, poop in the woods–45 action-packed outdoor activities. Boulder, CO : Roost Books, 2019. Call number: J 796.083 HEWITT

Scott, Traer. Nocturne : creatures of the night. New York : Princeton Architectural Press, [2014]. Call number: J 591.518 SCO

Sidman, Joyce. Ubiquitous : poetry & science about nature’s survivors. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. Call number: J 811.54 SID

Siber, Kate. National parks of the U.S.A. Minneapolis, MN : Wide Eyed editions, 2018. Call number: J 917.304 SIBER

Teen and Juvenile Fiction

Chapter Books:

Bowling, Dusti. The canyon’s edge. New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020. Call number: J BOWLIN

Clements, Andrew. A week in the woods. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002. Call number: J CLE

Creech, Sharon. Walk two moons. New York : HarperCollins, c1994. Call number: J CRE

Greenslade, Frances. Red Fox Road. Toronto : Puffin Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers, 2020. Call number: J GREENS

Preller, James. Blood Mountain. New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2019. Call number: J PRELLE

Beginner Readers:

Cronin, Doreen. Duck stays in the truck. New York, NY : Simon Spotlight, 2020. Call number: JE CRONIN

Dean, James. Pete the Cat goes camping. New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]. Call number: JE DEAN

Parish, Herman. Amelia Bedelia hits the trail. New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2013]. Call number: JE PAR

Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge and the starry night : the seventeenth book of their adventures. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1998. Call number: JE RYL

Picture Books and boardbooks:

Aki. The weather girls. New York : Godwin Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2018. Call number: JE AKI

Archer, Micha. Wonder walkers. New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, [2021]. Call number: JE ARCHER

Cousins, Lucy. Maisy goes on a nature walk. Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2022. Call number: JE COUSIN

Dorléans, Marie. The night walk. Edinburgh : Floris Books, 2020. Call number: JE DORLEA

Farrell, Alison. The hike. San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books LLC, 2019. Call number: JE FARREL

Fox, Mem. Early one morning. New York : Beach Lane Books, [2021]. Call number: JE FOX

Gehl, Laura. The hiking Viking. North Mankato, Minnesota : Capstone Editions, a Capstone imprint, [2022]. Call number: JE GEHL

Hest, Amy. The reader. Las Vegas, NV : Amazon Children’s Pub., c2012. Call number: JE HES

Hofmeyr, Dianne. Tiger walk. London, England : Otter-Barry Books, 2018. Call number: JE HOFMEY

Hutchins, Pat. Rosie’s walk. New York Little Simon c1998. Call number: JE HUT (BOARDBOOK)

Litwin, Eric. Pete the cat : I love my white shoes. New York : Harper, 2010, c2008. Call number: JE DEAN

Mabry, Sheri. My mindful walk with Grandma. Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, 2020. Call number: JE MABRY

Melmed, Laura Krauss. Daddy, me, and the magic hour. New York : Sky Pony Press, [2018]. Call number: JE MELMED

Oswald, Pete. Hike. Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2020. Call number: JE OSWALD

Phelan, Matt. Turtle walk. New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]. Call number: JE PHELAN

Ryder, Joanne. A fawn in the grass. New York : H. Holt, 2001. Call number: JE RYD

Scanlon, Liz Garton. Would you come too? New York : Beach Lane Books, [2022]. Call number: JE SCANLO

Williams, Sue. I went walking. San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990. Call number: JE WIL

Tankard, Jeremy. Hungry Bird. New York, NY : Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic, 2016. Call number: JE TANKAR

Thomas, Shelley Moore. From tree to sea. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2019]. Call number: JE THOMAS

Trevino, Charles. Seaside stroll. Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2021]. Call number: JE TREVIN