Hikes with Tykes

What Others are Saying

Here's what readers and reviewers are saying about books in the Hikes with Tykes series.

Hikes with Tykes: A Practical Guide to Day Hiking with Kids

"The strong points of this guide are in that it is just as the subtitle says, practical. Bignell (has) packed it full of facts, suggestions, activities, safety considerations and just as important, where not to go and what not to take. He’s compiled a simple to use guide." - Bring the Kids blog (Oct. 2, 2012) 

"It’s a parenting book disguised as an outdoor guide...Even though we thought we knew a lot about hiking, we didn’t know anything about hiking with kids." - Brave Ski Mom blog (Aug. 13, 2012)  

"Author Rob Bignell is an avid hiker who’s been taking his young son on day hikes for nearly five years. In that time, he’s acquired a ton of wisdom on the topic." - Debi Haung, goexplorenature.com (April 25, 2012) 

"...a no-nonsense, informative guide to taking children on day hikes." - The Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog (Sept. 21, 2011)

"My only wish is that I had this book when my son was as young as his. I would have loved to have had all this information at my fingertips to take my son to see some of the wonders we never got to see. We certainly went on walks and hiked a bit here and there and even tackled some small mountains in Colorado, but it would have been great to have this book so that we could have taken this small hobby to bigger heights." - Jane Reinke, fabulous mother, Amazon.com review of book (Sept. 19, 2011)

"Bignell used to do quite a bit of backcountry hiking on his own. Since Kieran came along, Bignell has modified his hikes. 'I used to hike to get to a destination,' he said, 'but with Kieran, I hike for the journey.' Part of Bignell's philosophy is to 'hike like a kid' (a topic to which he devotes a chapter). As he notes, toddlers prefer wandering to hiking. Young children need more frequent rests, with food and water breaks. He stresses that adults need to be flexible, and understand that what excites them might bore a child, and vice versa." - Alan Russell, North County Times (Sept. 4, 2011)

"Many of America's hikers — whether walking around parks or traversing the Continental Divide — take along their children, from strollers to older. The guidebook is the size of a pocket, 5 1/2 by 81/2 inches, making it handy if you need to stop and get some quick advice." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Aug. 25, 2011)

"Spending time with my children or at least convincing them to spend time with me is virtually impossible. So what options do we have? Movies, theme parks or shopping malls are full of stale air, crowds and are expensive. Try getting out of Disney without spending $500 a day. Rob Bignell has the answer and it's simple, inexpensive and guaranteed to bring us closer to our children and nature. In "Hikes with Tykes" Mr. Bignell has written the definitive guide to hiking with children. He covers everything from where, when and how to do it safely and economically." - Spencer Aronfeld, Amazon.com review of book (Aug. 24, 2011)

"It was fun and conversational - not condescending in tone by handing down lots of strictures and commandments but instead reads like a good friend giving you some friendly suggestions." - SD Lady, Amazon.com review of book (Aug. 22, 2011)

Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities

"Every parent who has ever tried exposing their child to ANYTHING new knows that they probably have a challenge before them. If hiking happens to be that thing today, then you want this book." - Greg Peyton, Google Books review (Feb. 15, 2013)

"If you have school-aged kids, you’ll find tons of amazing ideas for that age group in Rob’s book." - Women's Adventure Magazine (Feb. 1, 2013)

“This great little guide contains enough ideas to engage even the most stoic, couch-loving tween.” – Erika Klimecky, editor, Seattle Backpackers Magazine (Dec. 17, 2012)  

“…I can not recommend enough that a copy of this small resource guide make its way under your Christmas tree this year. ...I put stars beside the games and activities that I thought would work in our family. Now, when I want something fresh for a hike, cross country ski trip, snowshoeing adventure, or simple outdoor play date, I just have to grab Rob’s book and browse through it until one of the activities I highlighted, jumps out at me.” - Tanya Koob, Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies (Dec. 7, 2012) 

“The book does a good job compiling and creating ideas of how to make a hike a special adventure for children. …Some of the games would also be fun for adults - they would definitely help take your mind off a grueling climb.” - Metro to Mountain Journal (Sept. 26, 2012)

“…don’t be fooled into thinking that this book is only useful for families that undertake wilderness hikes. ... The games and activities in the Hikes with Tykes book are useful for any outdoor activity you might be embarking on.” – Catherine Way, Indirect Observations blog (Sept. 3, 2012) 

“It’s never too early to start introducing your children to nature and to walking outdoors. You don’t have to aspire to backpacking and scaling mountains to enjoy casual hiking. Common sense and a little know-how are all you need to get you on your way and these books are a great introduction for anyone who wants to learn to safely take to the trails with their children.” - A Walk in the Woods blog (Aug. 24, 2012) 

"Rather than turning hikes into something that your kids will dread ... 'Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities' lists more than 100 diversions and provides anyone taking kids on a day hike with loads of amusements to keep children from getting unruly or bored.  And you even provide something for every age group.  Fantastic!" - A Little Campy blog (Aug. 3, 2012) 

"...a creative and well-rounded guide to help the little ones and teens get excited, and stay interested in a fun filled day of hiking in the great outdoors. I truly enjoyed the variety of games and clever interactive tools that will get kids energized about their new adventure in the woods. I highly recommend this book to anyone planning a trip with toddlers, school-aged children and even those hard to please teens." - Laura "Shamrock19" (New York), Amazon.com review of book (July 31, 2012)

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