Steven Simpson

What do fishing with an otter, sitting atop a mountain at dawn with eighty Taiwanese backpackers, and driving home from Aldo Leopold’s Shack have to say about teaching our children to care about nature? Answering this question is the theme of my upcoming book, Essays to My Daughter on Our Relationship With the Natural World. 

Nearly four years ago I started this website as a way to promote new books I had coming out. Finally I have something to announce. In the fall, Purdue University Press will release my latest and my most personal book. Back when my daughter Clare was excitedly preparing for her freshmen year in college, I’d planned to send her a series of letters about the importance of spending time outdoors. She was about to leave home, most likely forever, and I wasn’t going to be there to take her hiking and canoeing. The letters never got sent, but instead they morphed into a series of essays about instilling children with a connection to nature. Now, with Clare recently graduating from college, those essays will appear soon in book form. The cover photo is of my cousin Tom’s mom and pop resort in Hazelhurst, Wisconsin, where Clare caught her first bass and learned to ride a bicycle. The book’s designer chose it from dozens of photos I sent him, but I can think of none more appropriate. 






The Leader Who is Hardly Known

The Art of Self-less Teaching From the Chinese Tradition

The Processing Pinnacle

An Educator’s Guide to Better Processing

The Chiji Guidebook

A Collection of Experiential Activities and Ideas for Using Chiji Cards

Rediscovering Dewey

A Reflection on Independent Thinking





Writing in Retirement

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