Nature Book Club: 36 Great Nature Books

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Twitter can lead to lovely connections. A recent discussion about nature books grew into a list of recommended nature books and plans for a regular Nature Book Club.

This week’s Nature Book Club was the first, taking place on Sunday from 6-7pm on Twitter. Despite this, there was a lovely exchange of book and author recommendations and pleasantly bubbling nature chatter. Here are the books that were recommended during this week’s #NatureBookClub (in no particular order).

  1. The Queen of Speckled Wood by SW Teal
  2. Saviour of Speckled Wood by SW Teal.

  3. Tiger Wars by Steve Backshall.
  4. The River Singers by Tom Moorhouse.
  5. My Name is Mina by David Almond.
  6. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  7. The Wood by John Lewis Stempel
  8. Running Hare by John Lewis Stempel
  9. Where Poppies Blow by John Lewis Stempel

  10. The Bluebird by Maurice Maeterlinck
  11. Death on Earth by Jules Howard

  12. Food You Can Forage by Tiffany Francis Baker.
  13. Complete James Herriott.
  14. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.
  15. The Outrun by Amy Liptrott.
  16. Wilding by Isabella Tree

  17. The Bumble Bee Flies Anyway by Kate Bradbury

  18. Thinking on my Feet by Kate Humble

  19. The Edible Garden by Alys Fowler

  20. Voices in the Ocean by Susan Casey

  21. The Street Beneath My Feet by Yuval Zommer.
  22. The Big Book of Blue by Yuval Zommer.
  23. Nature Teacher’s Handbook by Nick Baker.
  24. What a Waste by Jess French.
  25. How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear by Jess French.
  26. Beetle Boy by MG Leonard.
  27. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
  28. Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
  29. Halcyon River Diaries by Charlie Hamilton James.
  30. My Garden and Other Animals by Mike Dilger.
  31. Badgerlands by Patrick Barkham
  32. The Beauty in the Beast by Hugh Warwick.
  33. Badgered to Death by Tom Dyer.
  34. The Inner Life of Animals by Peter Wohlleben.
  35. Walden by Henry David Thoreau.
  36. 365 Days Wild by Lucy McRobert.

In addition, four illustrators were recommended: Chris Riddell, Jackie Morris, Yuval Zommer and Richard Lewington. Illustrators are often under-appreciated but can add a whole new level to nature books. It was good seeing them get some love.

Join in with #NatureBookClub 6-7pm on Sundays. Questions will be posted in advance on Twitter.

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