This is one of those rare and lovely books that is equal parts history, science, and beautiful storytelling. You will go on a journey with author Florence Williams on her quest to uncover the links between nature, happiness, and cognition. Spoiler alert: she ultimately finds that even small amounts of nature in our daily lives can increase our creativity and enhance our moods. We agree!
Naturalist and artist Clare Walker Leslie offers short prompts that will make you want to interact with nature every day. Illustrated with beautiful photography and the author’s own illustrations, we love this book’s sweet reminders to stop once in awhile to notice the clouds, the trees, and to appreciate (and maybe even sketch) the beauty of the places we live.
This book is one of our AP staffer's favorite camping companions. It includes quick and easy recipes (including desserts!) you can make using a basic camping stove or a campfire. We recommend the English Muffin pizza with any toppings you can dream up. We can't wait to take this book with us on our summer adventures.
Add “scientist” to your resume, because Jahren starts this book by assuring us that just by asking questions about the environment, we ourselves become scientists. This book is divided into 3 sections: Roots and Leaves, Woods and Knots, Flowers and Fruit and it’s as full of heart and spirited characters as it is informative.
Raise your hand if you knew that trees had friends. We did not until we read this! This book brings to light the way trees communicate with each other and work to help ailing trees recover.
We love this poem from Catherine Barnett which took our breath away and also managed to teach us even more new facts about trees.