In honor of Earth Day, we rounded up some of the books that celebrate planet Earth and inspire us to reconsider our natural world – our most precious resource – in a new light. These are the perfect books for Earth Day.
The Imperfect Environmentalist: A Practical Guide to Clearing Your Body, Detoxing Your Home, and Saving the Earth (Without Losing Your Mind) by Sara Gilbert
Actress and producer Sara Gilbert reminds us that the small changes we make in our everyday lives can have a big impact on the environment when we know where to begin. Gilbert’s info-packed guide is unassuming, light and relevant – demonstrating how our abilities and our responsibilities go hand in hand.
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, TIME.com, NPR, Slate, Entertainment Weekly and more, Lab Girl author geobiologist Hope Jahren celebrates her lifelong curiosity for our natural world. In a warm and intoxicatingly relatable way, she inspires readers to observe the world through a scientist’s eyes and endlessly work to nurture and protect it.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Set in the sacred marshlands of the North Carolina coast, this moving story follows young, intelligent Kya as she overcomes abandonment and learns how to survive alone in the wild. When a local man is murdered, Kya becomes the center of accusations – at once threatening the beautiful, peaceful life she’s created for herself.
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell
In a world where our value is determined by our productivity, there’s often nothing harder to do… than do nothing. Author Jenny Odell explores the many modern forces that distract us from the natural world. Once we can start paying a new kind of attention, she writes, we can reimagine humankind’s role in the environment and arrive at more meaningful understandings of happiness and progress.
The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things by Peter Wohlleben
Weaving together insights from the latest science and decades of observation, Wohlleben shares how planets, animals and all living things are connected – from the tiniest bacteria to the tallest trees. He artistically explores the many ways nature communicates, and the relationship each living thing has with the rest of the world.
Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World by Julia Rothman
Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman combines art and science to create a vibrant, inspirational educational guide to our natural world. Readers who appreciate the planet and all who inhabit it can examine the most intricate inner-workings of nature such as the anatomy of a jellyfish, the inside of a volcano, monarch butterfly migration and much more.
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