Reading Challenge: A book set mostly outdoors

Have you started any of our three reading challenges for 2021?
If you’re participating in the category-based reading challenge, either by using the tracking sheet or on Beanstack, we can help you find books in each of the categories. Today we’re featuring books set mostly outdoors.
These aren’t the only books we have available in this category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.
Hatchet by Gary Paulson
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
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Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
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Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
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This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher


Into the Forest by Jean Hegland
The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
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Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
Camp by Kayla Miller
Mudlark: In Search of London’s Past Along the River Thames by Lara Maiklem
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You Have a Match by Emma Lord
The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister
The Camping Trip by Jennifer Mann

Happy Reading!

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New E-Books and E-Audiobooks – March 2021


Because It’s Christmas: An Anthology by Debbie Macomber

Kitty’s Mix-Tape by Carrie Vaughn

A Shot in the Arm! Big Ideas that Changed the World Series, Book 3 by Don Brown

The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe

There Is a Rainbow by Theresa Trinder, illustrated by Grant Snider


Last Stand in Lychford: Witches of Lychford Series, Book 5 (unabridged) by Paul Cornell with Emma Newman

No One Is Talking About This: A Novel (unabridged) by Patricia Lockwood, Kristen Sieh

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Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month and we’re joining The Autism Society of America with its “Celebrate Differences” campaign, which is designed to build awareness of the signs and realities of autism. Below are some books and resources that can help you be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life.

Books and Movies

Click here for a list of library items (books and movies for all ages) that discuss autism spectrum disorders and that celebrate differences!


Local Resources: Rainbows United, The Arc of Sedgwick County, WSU’s Autism Spectrum Clinic, and Heartspring Autism Services are just a few organizations available as resources.

National: On the national level, the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Autism Resource Center, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and the Autism Society all provide valuable resources.

Health Reference Center (database provided by the State Library of Kansas): provides an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder and links to a wide variety of resources.

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