Who doesn’t LOVE a good book to read?! I know I sure do.

 

Patients and colleagues alike regularly tell me things like:

 

“Wow, I never heard that before!”

 

“Wait a minute, how did you know that?!”

 

“Why haven’t I heard this from any other practitioners?”

 

“Where can I learn more?”

 

If there’s ONE thing every holistic practitioner should do, it’s KEEP LEARNING!

 

Today, I’m offering up some of my favorite reads to jump start your environmental pediatrics education (& just in the time for the holidays!). Here’s my top 10 book list on how the environment shapes children’s health:

 

1. Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World

 

A great, easy to read book that puts the science of the pediatric microbiome into everyday speak.

 

2. The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight From Soil 

 

Written by a pediatric neurologist turned soil-loving, urban farming advocate, The Dirt Cure makes the connection between wholesome, earthy foods and sustained health and wellness in children.

 

3. Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children

 

Outdoor, unrestricted free play is all but absent from most children’s lives. Balanced and Barefoot brings into play the perspective of a pediatric occupational therapist and calls into question how we let our children spend their time.

 

4. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder

 

A landmark publication authored by journalist Richard Louv that has started a movement of nature connection in children worldwide. Very much a must-read book!

5. Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life

 

Mr. Louv’s follow-up book outlining practical steps for families to implement in an effort to heal Nature Deficit Disorder in children.

 

6. How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature

 

A quick how-to guide on bringing fun and enthusiasm to outdoor nature-based play.

 

7. Prenatal Development and Parents’ Lived Experiences: How Early Experiences Shape Our Psychophysiology and Relationships

 

Evidence-based, cutting edge review in the field of perinatal psychology and traumatology exploring how the moments of intrauterine and early childhood development impact human health. Fascinating stuff here!

8. Textbook of Children’s Environmental Health

 

The gold standard clinical textbook for understanding the role of environmental toxins in pediatric illness. Broken down by topic and written by leading researchers in the field of environmental pediatrics.

9. Pediatric Environmental Health

 

An absolute must-have, research-based manual for pediatric and family healthcare providers on the impacts of the environment on children’s health.

 

10. Raising Healthy Children in a Toxic World: 101 Smart Solutions for Every Family

 

A parent’s guide to raising toxic free kids, this short and easy-to-use book is co-authored by Dr. Philip Landrigan, a leading researcher in the field of children’s environmental health.