Bringing the Outside In by Mary McKenna Siddals

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In a time where children spend too little time outside and have too many adult-driven commitments, Bringing the Outside In is a reminder of the exuberance of playing outdoors and the joy of bringing the outside indoors at the end of a day.

Written in lively rhyme with tender illustrations, this picture book shows children experiencing spring showers, summer warmth, autumn leaves, and winter snow. The children, who could be part of an adoptive family, are always welcomed in by the adult mother figure as they chant “We are bringing the outside in.”

Dirt and leaves tumble in with the children, and they all help clean up. As the year comes to the end of its cycle, the children have filled a box with memories, photos, artwork, and gathered treasures. The story is a lovely celebration of the playful abandon of children. Ages 3 and up. (Random House Books for Young Readers)

About the Author

Jenny deGroot is a freelance media review and news writer for The Banner. She lives on Swallowfield Farm near Fort Langley B.C. with her husband, Dennis. Before retirement she worked as a teacher librarian and assistant principal.