25 Books to Read this Earth Day

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Well by now you know: I really love books (huge surprise, right?). I am also passionate about the environment and attending college to earn my Masters in Biology. I realized earlier this week that Earth Day was fast approaching, and I wondered: was there any way to combine these two passions of mine?

Thus, I decided to release a list of 25 books revolving around the environment. I hope this list contains books that interest people and reminds them to celebrate and take care of the planet we live on everyday, not just one day a year. 

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Animals and Endangered Species

  1. Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and Return of Wild American Wolves by Brenda Peterson
  2. Return of the Sea Otter:The Story of the Animal that Evaded Extinction on the Pacific Coast by Todd McLeish
  3. The Forgotten Pollinators by Stephen L. Buchmann and Gary Paul Nabhan
  4. Never Cry Wolf: Amazing True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves by Farley Mowat
  5. Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World’s Coasts and Beneath the Seas by Carl Safina
  6. In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall

Revolutionary Books

  1. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  2. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  3. Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World by Andrea Barnet

Climate Change and Taking Care of the Earth

  1. A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist’s Bicycle Journey Across the United States by David Goodrich
  2. River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed Behind the Gold Mine King Disaster by Jonathan P. Thompson
  3. The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care of the Animals We Love by Jane Goodall and Marc Bekoff
  4. The Diversity of Life (Questions of Science) by Edward O. Wilson
  5. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
  6. The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction by David Quammen

Human Plant Relations

  1. The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors by David George Haskell
  2. Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating by Jane Goodall, Gary McAvoy and Gail Hudson
  3. The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye view of the World by Michael Pollan
  4. Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants by Jane Goodall

Miscellaneous (fiction, poems, and stories)

  1. Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife by Sarah Tuttle and Amy Schimler-Safford
  2. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
  3. The City Where We Once Lived by Eric Barnes
  4. The Wild Birds by Emily Strelow
  5. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  6. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

Happy Earth day everyone! I’d love to hear from anyone who has read these books or has any other recommendations.

Happy Hunting!

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