small adventures journal

If you get one book this summer, let this be it.  Small Adventures Journal, a little field guide by Keiko Brodeur, is a big invitation to soak up the outdoors and a nudge to go out and explore, or to stop and sit for awhile and breathe in the summer.

It's full of freshly illustrated pages--checklists (for things like outdoor clothing), visual references (e.g., animal tracks, types of trees), pages to make lists (e.g., outdoor foods to pack for a picnic) and more.  I think what I like best are all the pages for observation (tasks ranging from photographing textures, sketching the horizon, drawing the stars and mapping your world to identifying cloud types).  The key themes are discover and document and this book does an excellent job of calling the reader to look outside and note down what they see, hear, feel and experience.  It's a book to take with you around your neighborhood, park, new city, short or long road trip, hike in the woods--basically anywhere.  Soon enough, the summer will dwindle down to its last hot day and this book will be packed to the gills with drawn and written memories.  It'll be an invaluable record of a summer well spent, in awe of the expansive world around you.