Chris Burkard Book

The Boy Who Spoke To The Earth

The Boy Who Spoke To The Earth

Why should kids explore? World-renowned adventure photographer, and father of 2, Chris Burkard is tackling that question with his new children’s book, illustrated by Disney Interactive artist David McClellan.

The book, titled The Boy Who Spoke to the Earth, teaches kids (and adults) the importance of getting outside, enjoying nature, and finding joy in the journey of life. It’s about the journey of a young boy who speaks to the earth, and the Earth speaks back. The boy goes on to ask the Earth, “Where can I find happiness?” The Earth decides to take the boy to some of the places he’s the most proud of, but the boy finds happiness much harder to discover than he had expected.

“To cultivate a true appreciation for wild places, we can’t simply daydream about them. We have to get out there and go. We have to actively seek the places that bring us happiness, near and far. For me, this children’s book is a way to cumulate all the knowledge and all the experience that I’ve learned into one, simple solitary idea. Kids should be taught to have an open mind and not be afraid of the unknown. Having kids, I’ve started to realize that those are the types of lessons I want to pass on. I don’t want to pass on some inherent fear of the unknown. I want to pass on this idea of being courageous and exploring and going boldly.”

– Chris Burkard

The book is published by Dreamling Books, a new crowd-sourced publisher of children’s books. The nature inspired book can be purchased at Kickstarter through April 3.


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Kathy Dalton
Go Adventure Mom’s found, Kathy Dalton, launched Go Adventure Mom in 2012 in an effort to bring women together that love travel and the outdoors. As a former ski instructor, Kathy has taken her love for outdoor recreation and through the power of social media has created a platform to share her passion with the world. As a mom of three, Kathy loves to share her family adventures in Utah, cross-country skiing up Millcreek Canyon, skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, camping in Grand Teton National Park and camping in the Uintas. Kathy has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Parents and Parenting magazine. Kathy is a regular contributor to Visit Salt Lake and is a tip contributor on TripAdvisor.
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