happy earth day!

In honor of this esteemed holiday celebrating our beloved home, here are a few of my favorite environmental-themed books, both fiction and non-fiction. In no particular order. (Titles are linked to my review or Goodreads.)

by Michael Pollan

I read this long long ago during that wonderful period of my life called high school. Sadly, I don't remember much of this book, but I do know that I absolutely loved it.

Also by this author: In Defense of Food

by Wendell Berry

A wonderful collection of poetry with themes often centering around nature.

by Mary Beth Lind

My favorite cookbook ever.

by Barbara Kingsolver

An intriguing work of fiction that incorporates environmental themes.

Also by this author: The Bean Trees

by Jenna Woginrich

I have enjoyed everything I've read by Jenna Woginrich, especially Barnheart. It's real, informative, funny, and extremely relatable.

by Dr. Seuss

Because Dr. Seuss is awesome.

by Henry David Thoreau

I never actually finished this book, since my highly-distractible teenage mind decided that Thoreau's brilliant prose was too dense (who am I kidding? I still have trouble reading non-fiction). But what I did get through was really good, and I hope to finally finish Walden some day.

Holy Cows and Hog Heaven
by Joel Salatin

This is the man whose name has become synonymous with "sustainable agriculture," and he has a great sense of humor.

Summer Hawk
by Deborah Savage

Hawks, journalism, and the most adorable romance story ever. This is one of my favorite YA novels--I actually read it twice in one year.

I love this guide because it rates different companies based on their ethical and environmental practices. And it's organized into categories so everything is easy to find.

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

An eye-opening look into our waste problem and how we can drastically cut the amount of items piling up in landfills.

The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
by Jonathan Weiner

This amazing book taught me that evolution does not have to be about monkeys becoming humans over millions of years, that it is not, in fact, in conflict with my religious beliefs. Natural selection occurs all the time and, therefore, so does evolution.

Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit
by Al Gore

This is a great overview on climate change that, believe it or not, I read cover-to-cover (yep, all 407 pages).

Any of these tickle your fancy? Do you have any favorite environmental books that I should read?


  1. That picture is 100% gorgeous. And OMG THE LORAX! I have read The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham a million times to my nephew...and read the Lorax like once. -_- What is so bad about variation?! haha. xD

    1. Thanks! Fun fact: at one point my brother refused to eat eggs unless my mom put green food coloring in them. Because of Green Eggs and Ham. (there are worse things, right?)