If you are checking out this reading list, most likely you have a respect for and a concern for our home, Mother Earth. Thousands of books are published every year about the impact we have had on nature and the world around us, from poetry to non-fiction to fiction, in adult and children's books. Since the pandemic and the results we witness daily from climate change, a large majority of new book releases now touch on, or are about, environmental devastation and fears and impacts of the virus. This list is more of a "love the one you're with" rather than "doom or die" writings. Only we can bring about change and repairs to nature. Check out these inspirational titles, available in the store or online.
The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals—and Other Forgotten Skills (Natural Navigation) (Paperback)
Turn every walk into outdoors into a game of detection, from master outdoorsman Tristan Gooley, author of How to Read a Tree and The Natural Navigator. It's a delightful book and companion on your outside sojourns.
A collection of the best science and nature articles written in 2021, selected by guest editor renowned marine biologist Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and series editor Jaime Green.
“Tallamy lays out all you need to know to participate in one of the great conservation projects of our time. Read it and get started!” — Elizabeth Kolbert
Nature's Best Hope (Young Readers' Edition): How You Can Save the World in Your Own Yard (Paperback)
This middle grade edition of by Doug Tallamy will inspire kids to use their backyard to help save the planet.
“With our hearts and minds focused on the stewardship of the only planet we have, the best way to engage in a hopeful future is to plant oaks! Let this book be your inspiration and guide.” — The American Gardener
Andrea Wulf brings Alexander von Humboldt’s extraordinary life back into focus: his prediction of human-induced climate change; his daring expeditions to the highest peaks of South America and to the anthrax-infected steppes of Siberia; his relationships with iconic figures, including Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson; and the lasting influence of his writings on Darwin, Wordsworth, Goethe, Muir, Thoreau, and many others. Brilliantly researched and stunningly written, The Invention of Nature reveals the myriad ways in which Humboldt’s ideas form the foundation of modern environmentalism, and reminds us why they are as prescient and vital as ever.
Nature's Treasures: Tales Of More Than 100 Extraordinary Objects From Nature (DK Treasures) (Hardcover)
This nature encyclopedia for children is the perfect blend of storybook style text with out of this world illustrations which makes it a fantastic nature book for children who are interested with wildlife and the natural world. Encourage young readers to go on a journey to explore a world of information, making this the ideal first reference book for kids aged 6-8 to enjoy for hours on end, whether reading with the family or reading alone, this fun fact book also doubles up as the perfect gift for curious kids who love to learn.
The Secret Network of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things-- Stories from Science and Observation (Paperback)
Master storyteller and tree-hugger Peter Wohlleben takes readers on a thought-provoking exploration of the vast natural systems that make life on Earth possible. In this tour of an almost unfathomable world, Wohlleben describes the fascinating interplay between animals and plants. "As you read these pages you will understand why I so admire Peter Wohlleben and am so in love with his work." — Jane Goodall
The Secret Signs of Nature: How to Uncover Hidden Clues in the Sky, Water, Plants, Animals, and Weather (Hardcover)
Put away your map, look up from your phone, and let nature be your guide. Learn how to navigate through any landscape from forests, deserts, to your own backyard, through observation of the world around you.
How to Read Nature: Awaken Your Senses to the Outdoors You've Never Noticed (Natural Navigation) (Hardcover)
Hone your senses and learn to read the hidden signs of nature, from master outdoorsman Tristan Gooley, author of How to Read a Tree and The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs.
A lively and endlessly fascinating deep-dive into nature and the many groundbreaking human inventions inspired by the wild.
This absolutely beautiful and moving book is a take-anywhere guide to the mindful practice of cloud watching.
Complete with specific information for every U.S. bioregion, a glossary of native plants, illustrated yard renderings and photos, and detailed explanations of suburban codes, this book has examples and techniques to build responsible natural spaces. HGTV star with over a decade of design experience, Gidding is the landscaping expert readers can rely on to get the job done. At Home with Nature is the ultimate resource for creating beautiful and beneficial home gardens.
Illustrator Claire McElfatrick takes children on a fascinating journey, showing them just how amazing birds are, what they do for our planet, and how we can help them. It includes bird families such as game birds, flightless birds, and perching birds, plus amazing facts on how birds talk to each other, what they eat, how they find partners, and how they are able to fly.
The Natural Navigator, Tenth Anniversary Edition: The Rediscovered Art of Letting Nature Be Your Guide (Natural Navigation) (Hardcover)
From the author of How to Read a Tree and The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs, rediscover nature by noticing the hidden clues all around you. “A truly vital book for any outdoor adventurer.” — Cabin Life
A delightful board book that introduces young readers to ten common backyard birds with through full-color photographs and concise text.
Children and young people are very worried about the health of our planet and climate, and it's easy to feel overwhelmed by bad environmental news. Happy Stories for Nature Lovers provides some light, showing that with the right approaches, we can help nature heal.
This is THE ONLY field guide to bring along on your nature walks and hikes to help you identify the birds, mammals, trees, wildflowers, insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish, spiders, mushrooms, ferns, rocks, and sky of the Midwest.
Nature's Warnings: Classic Stories of Eco-Science Fiction (British Library Science Fiction Classics) (Paperback)
This collection is a trove of essential nature reading, featuring stories crucial to the evolution of eco-science fiction from Philip K. Dick, Margaret St. Clair, J. D. Beresford and more.
A groundbreaking vision of the natural world which, in addition to being a rich and scintillating anthology that shines a light on many unjustly overlooked writers, is of unique importance in terms of women's history and the history of writing about nature.
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A colorfully illustrated field guide to weeds around the world — and why we should love rather than loathe them.
A BBC-serialized vision of Spring, ravaged by climate change yet still astonishing, by Scotland's leading nature writer, Jim Crumley.
More than simply a handbook for survival or a doomsday catalog of scientific prediction, this classic, soulful lament on Nature is required reading for nature enthusiasts, activists, and concerned citizens alike.
This gorgeously printed and illustrated anthology brings together poetry and prose in a celebration of birds, recording their behavior, flight, song and migration, the changes across the seasons and in different habitats in woodland and pasture, on river, shoreline and at sea and our own interaction with them. A wonderful gift for bird and nature lovers.
A lovely and well-written one-of-a-kind guide to birding locally that encourages readers to slow down and notice the spectacular birds all around them.
In-depth profiles offer planting and care guidance for 100 native plant species that provide food and shelter for birds throughout the year, from winter all the way through breeding and migrating periods.
"Birds are my almanac. They tune me into the seasons, and into myself." So begins this lively collection of essays by acclaimed filmmaker and novelist Priyanka Kumar. Growing up at the feet of the Himalayas in northern India, Kumar took for granted her immersion in a lush natural world. After moving to North America as a teenager, she found herself increasingly distanced from more than human life and discouraged by the civilization she saw contributing to its destruction. In her twenties, living in Los Angeles and working on films, she began to rediscover her place in the landscape by watching birds.Tracing her movements across the American West, this stirring collection of essays brings the avian world richly to life.
A celebratIon of the astonishing diversity of bird species in this magnificently illustrated picture book for young readers.
Award-winning science writer Jennifer Ackerman tours the globe to reveal what makes birds capable of such extraordinary feats of mental prowess. “A lyrical testimony to the wonders of avian intelligence.” —Scientific American
Birds are everywhere! Some of them live along the coast, some of them in the savannah, and some may be in your backyard. Young readers will learn where in the world all sorts of birds can be found and all the weird and wonderful things about them that they never imagined.
Birder extraordinaire Tim Laman is a superstar in one of photography’s most challenging pursuits: the quest to portray birds in the wild. A naturalist and explorer as well as a brilliant image maker, he has spent thousands of hours over more than 30 years wedged precariously in the tops of trees, often in remote jungles, in the hope that careful planning and good fortune will align to produce the perfect picture. His is a passion shared by all birders, carried to the level of art.
Learn to identify birds in Michigan, and make bird-watching even more enjoyable. With Stan Tekiela's famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. There's no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don't live in your area. This book features 118 species of Michigan birds organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don't know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out.
This children's guide to birding includes an introduction to ornithology, a bird identification section, and how-to instructions.
This is a perfect bird guide book for your home, with an introduction to bird anatomy, as well as details about nests, eggs, and migration. From there, more than 50 different bird species are showcased, with the watercolors divided into groups like backyard birds, raptors, and wetland birds. As an added bonus, there's a section dedicated to insects and wildflowers. If you enjoy birding, gardening, or the great outdoors, Drawn to Birds belongs in your book collection. Get one for yourself, and give one as a gift.
Landmarks author Robert Macfarlane and artist and author Jackie Morris's beautiful collection of poems and illustrations is an inspirational rediscovering of the magic of the natural world. Absolutely beautiful for keep on your coffee table and to be glanced over every day.
Mary Oliver's 12th book of poetry comprises sixty-one poems, the most ever in a single volume of her work. Overflowing with her keen observation of the natural world and her gratitude for its gifts, for the many people she has loved in her seventy years, as well as for her disobedient dog Percy, Red Bird is a quintessential collection of Oliver's finest lyrics.
A deluxe edition of Whitman's crowning achievement, with an introductory essay by Harold Bloom.
Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her life’s work, transporting us to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her treasured dog Percy, Oliver is open to the teachings contained in the smallest of moments and explores with startling clarity, humor, and kindness the mysteries of our daily experience.
An inspirational and immersive travelogue exploring the power of the natural lights of night.
Alexandr Horowitz shows how much more there is to see—if only we would really look. Trained as a cognitive scientist, she discovers a feast of fascinating detail, all explained with her generous humor and self-deprecating tone. So turn off the phone and other electronic devices and be in the real world — where strangers communicate by geometry as they walk toward one another, where sounds reveal shadows, where posture can display humility, and the underside of a leaf unveils a Lilliputian universe — where, indeed, there are worlds within worlds within worlds.