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12 World-Oriented Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

Whether you’re kicking around on vacation, school break, or in the garden, warm weather and a good book go hand in hand. We’ve rounded up a dozen Earth-focused books that offer instruction, inspiration, and engaging stories to add to your summer reading list.

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Finding Environmental Happiness

by Sandi Schwartz

Most parents know it’s okay for kids to play outside, but sometimes they struggle to get them there. If you need help connecting your kids to the natural world, Finding Ecohappiness is a good place to start. Packed with suggestions and activities to help your kids find meaning in nature – and help parents raise children who appreciate our wonderful world.

An Organically Beautiful Grass

by Alec McClennan

This detailed book will help you keep your lawn organically weed-free and healthy. While lawn chemicals can endanger wildlife, ecosystems and water resources, A Beautiful Lawn Organically offers safe methods for children, pets and pollinators and does not pollute waterways or soil. McClennan founded an organic lawn company directly after graduating from college and has grown the business to include multiple Midwest states in 20 years.

101 Ways to Be Zero Waste

by Kathryn Kellogg

101 Ways to Zero is one of the guidebooks for the zero waste movement. Kellogg has been an exemplary leader in reducing litter, improving recycling, consuming less and reusing more. He shares his knowledge and examples in this comprehensive book.

humane home

by Sarah Lozanova

Written by long-time Earth911 contributor author Sarah Lozanova, Humane Home provides guidance on keeping our homes in harmony with nature. As scary as this may sound, Lozanova divides the subject into logical categories and guides us through activities and practices that we can apply to our lives.


The Secret Life of Trees

by Peter Wohlleben

Despite being under 10 years old, The Secret Life of Trees is the standard volume among environmental reading. This groundbreaking, beautifully written book will change the way you view trees for the rest of your life. While the book is full of scientific information, many readers report an inspiring experience rather than an educational one.

Back to Nature: The New Science of How Natural Landscapes Repair Us

by Emma Loewe

In this guide to nature and its healing properties, Loewe helps readers explore eight different types of natural landscapes, while providing tips on how to value and protect the unique features of each. Back to Nature also includes interesting stats, sweet illustrations and inspirational quotes.

Ansel Adams: 400 Photos

Edited by Andrea G. Stillman

Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs is a chronological celebration of the work of the renowned nature photographer. While other Ansel Adams photobooks focus on one subject or one place, this collection brings it all together. It will activate your love for nature and nature photography.

Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case of Hope and Healing in a Divided World

by Katharine Hayhoe

This is a book for environmentalists written to help us connect with people on the other side of the climate debate – in ways that help them understand and engage in efforts. Hayhoe tells readers that the most important thing we can do about climate change is to talk about it. At Rescue Us, she offers tools for productive conversations that can have surprising results. Hayhoe is chief scientist of the Nature Conservancy, a professor at Texas Tech University, and has been named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People. Written from a Christian perspective, this book is useful and informative for people of other faiths.


living space man

by DA Baden

The founder of the Green Stories Award (a great resource for finding eco-themed books) wrote Habitat Man to show how writers can integrate green solutions into works of fiction. The novel follows Tim, who quits his boring, corporate job to become a garden consultant and helps clients renovate their backyards to house local wildlife. Throw in a love affair and an unearthed skeleton, read on to find out what it is. The book is filled with extremely interesting characters and conversations about environmentally friendly behavior.

more stories

by Richard Powers

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and other awards and accolades, The Overstory is a powerful novel with interconnected stories about nine people, their connections with trees, and their struggle to save forests from human destruction. Author Ann Patchett praised it as “the best novel ever written about trees, and indeed one of the best, period.”

Ministry of the Future

by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Ministry of the Future by acclaimed science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson is a book of great ideas and hopes. It chronicles the conflicts and technological progress that, along with a number of characters, led to the end of global warming and the beginning of a restorative relationship, from the perspective of the United Nations executive who runs an agency tasked with protecting the environment. planet.

lost mountain

by Anne Coray

Lost Mountain tells the story of a small, isolated Alaskan town that is faced with a major mining project that its residents are largely opposed to. Written in a poetic language, the novel is about a love story between two people, as well as the love of place and nature.

Start reading green this summer and learn more about the world around you with these Earth-focused books.

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