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Richard Louv

Last Child in the Woods
Author and Journalist

Richard Louv is the author of eight books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle. Translated into 15 languages and published in 20 countries, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect children and their families to nature. Serving as companion handbook to the two prior books, his most recent book is Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life (Algonquin Books, April, 2016).

Richard Louv is cofounder and chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network. He has written for the New York Times, the Times of London, Parents Magazine and many other publications, and has appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air, the Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, and other programs. Among other awards, Louv is the recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal; past recipients have included Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson and Jimmy Carter.

In 2010, he delivered the plenary keynote at the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and in 2012 was keynote speaker at the first White House Summit on Environmental Education. He is currently working on his tenth book, about the evolving relationship between humans and other animals.

Married to Kathy Frederick Louv, he is the father of two young men, Jason and Matthew. He would rather fish than write.