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Join the Great American Backyard Campout!

This summer, thousands of families across the nation will gather in backyards, neighborhoods, communities, and parks to enjoy a night under the stars while helping fundraise for a leading conservation organization, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Besides being a fundraising event, the NWF’s annual “Great American Backyard Campout” encourages people to get outside and connect with the natural world. This is especially important for kids because, for the first time in our country’s history, we have an entire generation growing up disconnected from nature. And spending time outdoors makes kids happier and healthier!

This nationwide event takes place June 22, 2013, and the National Wildlife Federation provides everything you need to head out into the great outdoors. The Campout website has packing lists, recipes, nocturnal wildlife guides, exploration activities, nature games, and fundraising prizes. It even has a directory of Campouts by state, so you can search for a large group to join.

The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. For more info or to register, please go to And for more National Wildlife Federation news, visit

It’s a Firefly Night 

by Dianne Ochiltree, illustrated by Betsy Snyder (Blue Apple Books, 2013), $12.99. 

Nighttime has fallen and slowly, one by one, tiny glowing lights appear and then dance in the grass, trees, sky…  for one little girl and her dad, it is a firefly night! Through gorgeous illustrations and clever rhymes, readers join in the adventure as fireflies are caught, counted, and then thoughtfully released to fly another night. Fun firefly facts complete this well-told tale, perfect for Father’s Day.

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