Great Books as Holiday Stocking Stuffers!


I have to disclose up front that I am pretty biased about these three book recommendations because I am privileged to know each of the authors as partners through the development of Outdoor Afro and our shared passion for people of color and the outdoors. But aside from my excitement and gratitude for these folks, they have each produced some pretty extraordinary work well worth buying for your loved ones this holiday season.


As many of you know, Frank and Audrey Peterman have been at the forefront of outdoor conservation and advocates for greater diversity in our National Parks. Their recent ground breaking conference energized and organized a constituency that supports more people of color to get out and enjoy our natural resources. The work of this couple, and their enlightening book, Legacy on the Land, will inspire you.

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Shelton Johnson has been with the National Parks as a ranger for decades, but his recent appearance in the Ken Burns Documentary and recent meeting with President Obama, brought his role as a conduit of historical Yosemite’s Buffalo Soldier to new audiences. His book, Glory Land, is a beautifully written historical narrative that’s fun to read aloud.

I blogged about Dudley Edmondson some months back, and since then we became good friends. But every now and then someone will come up to me with a copy of his book The Black & Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places and ask, “have you seen this before?” Well, indeed I have! And it enjoys a prominent spot on my coffee table so my guests and kids can look at amazing photos of people of color in wild spaces whenever they want.

Three different books about similar passions to engage everyone in your family. Can’t decide? Go to your local, independent book store and buy them all!

6 Thoughts on “Great Books as Holiday Stocking Stuffers!”

  • These all sound awesome. I’m especially interested in Mr. Edmondson’s book, I’m all for visuals. You couldn’t be more right about books making great stocking stuffers, I was in Target the other day and spent time drooling over all the children’s books featuring little “brown faces”.

  • me, too Rue. Because I get to review Children’s Science/Nature/Ecology Books I end up passing out a lot of leftovers for kids. I like giving them a book that relates to a latent interest they may have about nature or animals. Plus, I think books are better gifts than electronic games. I’ve been taking books to holiday parties that ask participants to bring an unwrapped toy for unfortunate kids. I wish more people would offer educational games, books, activity sets to kids.

    Check out all of my book reviews at this link.

    And I highly recommend this book about the Everglades to the family from Florida who went on a camping trip there.

  • The following title might be of interest:

    Birding For Everyone: Encouraging People of Color to Become Birdwatchers (Paperback)
    ~ John C. Robinson

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