Run Wild! Outdoor Games and Adventures (by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks, $25, Frances Lincoln, June 2011): Filled with gorgeous photos of children running through woods, tracking wild animals, building rafts, or wielding fairy wands, this book is a great reminder of nature's enchanting qualities. Filled with creative ideas for parties, games, and outdoor craft projects, a quick perusal will have you itching to head outside with kids.
Recycling Projects for the Evil Genius (by Russel J. Gehrke, $25, McGraw Hill, 2010): A handy DIY guide suited for parents or industrious teens, this book offers detailed instructions for a wide variety of home-improvement and maintenance projects. The utilitarian book's intriguing title and grainy black-and-white photos make activities like making your own organic bug repellent or constructing a solar composter seem like revolutionary acts.