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Book Reviews - new books and old favourites

When you are looking for books on the diverse topic of outdoor learning it is useful to read reviews of new, and older, publications that are written by people who have a particular interest or expertise in their topic.

We invite reviewers for new titles in calls that we put out on Twitter, Facebook, IOL Web News items and on this page. Once a reviewer has been drawn from those who have offered to do it, we will send a free copy of the book and details of how to contribute a review. These reviews will very often be published in Horizons magazine. If you want to review a favourite book of your own we welcome these too, see the right hand side of this page for what we need as a review. Thank you.

To purchase books visit the IOL Bookshop   (click on the book titles below to read a review)

All the published book reviews reflect the opinions of the review author and not necessarily those of IOL.


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"Roots and Wings - A history of outdoor education and outdoor learning in the UK" Review by Geoff Cooper (pdf)

IOL PRICE £34.95 (plus £7.08 postage UK) (currently £53.72 on Amazon. 15.12.14)


Introduction: By exploring both the millennia long history of man’s relationship with the natural environment, and the more recent changes in approaches to education and personal development, this extensively researched book:
● establishes clear foundations for a deeper understanding of the roots of outdoor learning
● traces – and places in context – many of the individuals and movements that played important roles in its growth and diversity
● demonstrates the timeless need for nature to play a part in every child and young person’s development
supports the case for early connection with nature in each chil
d’s life, and an on-going healthy and environmentally sustainable life style for all ages.

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REVIEWERS wanted....


We will send you a FREE copy of the new book title that you undertake to review.
HOW TO APPLY TO REVIEW A BOOK: Click on the title you want to review to email Fiona at IOL with your offer. Please also tell us a bit about yourself and your suitability to write the review. Don't forget to include your postal address. We will choose a reviewer from the offers we receive.




Making Games Work: More Effective Learning in Teams by Nick Smith.


Thank you to all those who offered to review the following books. We have now made the draw of the reviewers for each title and look forward to receiving the reviews. Reviews will be published on this page and some also in Horizons magazine.

  • Understanding the Danish Forest School Approach: Early Years Education in Practice
    by Jane Williams-Siegfredsen
  • 'Every Nursery Needs A Garden: Step by step guide to creating and using a garden with young children' by Ann Watts.
  • 'Playing and Learning Outdoors: Making Provision for high quality experiences in the outdoor environment' by Jan white
  • 'Outdoor Recreation: An Introduction' by Ryan Plummer
  •  'Nature and Young Children' by Ruth Wilson
  • 'Outdoor Learning in the Early Years' by Helen Bilton
  • 'Learning Outside the Classroom - Theory and Guidelines for Practice' by Simon Beames, Pete Higgins and Robbie Nicol
  • 'Creating a Space to Grow: Developing your outdoor learning environment' by Gail Ryder Richardson

Review a Book

Would you like to review a book?

We are inviting readers to write a review of their own favourite outdoor book. It can be a new title or one that you have owned for some time and that you would like to let others know about in a review.

How to send your review.

  • We will need the book title, author/editor, publisher name, date of publication, ISBN number, number of pages.
  • Tell us about the book in 400 words or less. e.g. What are it's main features/chapters? Is it well illustrated? We will publish your name with the review.
  • Send your review to Fiona at IOL

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