Nature Book Club: The Big List

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The fourth #NatureBookClub saw more great recommendations and discussion about nature books. The list of books is growing, so it made sense to compile it for ease.

Here are the books that have been recommended to date during Nature Book Club. I’ve included links from the author’s names to their Twitter accounts where possible (It took ages to find them all so please click on the links and follow writers you like).

  1. The Shark and the Albatross by John Aitchison.
  2. My Name is Mina by David Almond
  3. The Last Wilderness: A Journey Into Silence by Neil Ansel
  4. Deep Country by Neil Ansell
  5. The Moor by William Atkins
  6. Zoo Quest by David Attenborough
  7. Tiger Wars by Steve Backshall
  8. Pam the Peacock Butterfly by Nicola and Rebecca Bailey
  9. Pat the Caterpillar by Nicola and Rebecca Bailey
  10. Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker
  11. Food You Can Forage by Tiffany Francis Baker
  12. Nature Teacher’s Handbook by Nick Baker
  13. Badgerlands by Patrick Barkham
  14. Birdwatching With Your Eyes Closed by Simon Barnes
  15. Rewild Yourself by Simon Barnes
  16. Little Grey Men by BB
  17. The Nature Lover’s Book by Enid Blyton
  18. The Bumble Bee Flies Anyway by Kate Bradbury
  19. Wildlife Gardening for Everyone and Everything by Kate Bradbury
  20. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  21. All Rivers Run Free by Natasha Carthew
  22. Voices in the Ocean by Susan Casey
  23. Clare’s Countryside by John Clare
  24. Common Ground by Rob Cowen
  25. Ring the Hill by Tom Cox
  26. The Nature of Spring by Jim Crumley
  27. My Garden and Other Animals by Mike Dilger
  28. My Family and Other Animals by Gerard Durrell
  29. Badgered to Death by Tom Dyer
  30. Butterflies by EB Ford
  31. The Edible Garden by Alys Fowler
  32. Hidden Nature by Alys Fowler
  33. What a Waste by Jess French
  34. How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear by Jess French
  35. The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
  36. So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs? series by Ben Garrod
  37. Ghost Trees by Bob Gilbert
  38. Through a Window by Jane Goodall
  39. Wild Signs and Star Paths by Tristan Gooley
  40. Go Wild! Over 200 Ways to Connect With Nature by Emily Goss
  41. Garden Jungle by Dave Goulson
  42. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  43. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  44. Halcyon River Diaries by Charlie Hamilton James
  45. Bird Therapy by Joe Harkness
  46. The Seasons anthologies edited by Melissa Harrison
  47. The Wonders of Nature by Ben Hoar
  48. Complete James Herriott
  49. Thinking on my Feet by Kate Humble
  50. British Wildflowers in Their Natural Haunts by Horwood
  51. Dancing With Bees by Brigit Strawbridge Howard
  52. Death on Earth by Jules Howard
  53. Badgers to Nighthawks: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger by
  54. Findings by Kathleen Jamie
  55. Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie
  56. Seedbombs for Bees by Josie Jeffrey
  57. A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings by Helen Jukes
  58. Seven Worlds One Planet by Jonny Keeling
  59. Beetle Boy by MG Leonard
  60. The Outrun by Amy Liptrott
  61. H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
  62. The Bluebird by Maurice Maeterlinck
  63. A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals by Millie Marotta
  64. Lips too Chilled by Matsuo Bashō
  65. The Outrun by Amy May
  66. Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty
  67. Underland by Robert McFarlane
  68. 365 Days Wild by Lucy McRobert
  69. The Wild Remedy by Emma Mitchell
  70. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  71. Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
  72. The River Singers by Tom Moorhouse
  73. News From Nowhere by William Morris
  74. The Sundering Flood by William Morris
  75. The Lost Words by Jackie Morris and Robert McFarlane
  76. Feral by George Monbiot
  77. Wild Hares and Hummingbirds by
  78. The Great British Year: Wildlife Through the Seasons by Stephen Moss.
  79. Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham
  80. Back Garden Nature Reserve by Chris Packham
  81. Wild Side of Town by Chris Packham
  82. Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? by Lev Parikian
  83. Badger Behaviour, Conservation and Rehabilitation by George E. Pearce
  84. Complete Works of Beatrix Potter
  85. I Am The Seed That Grew the Tree by Frann Preston Gannon.
  86. Outpost by Dan Richards
  87. A Woman in the Polar Night by Christiane Ritter
  88. The Wild Flower Key by Francis Rose
  89. The Lorax by Dr Seuess
  90. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  91. Think Like a Tree by Sarah Spence
  92. Edward Thomas: A Miscellany by Anna Stemming.
  93. The Wood by John Lewis Stempel
  94. Running Hare by John Lewis Stempel
  95. Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel
  96. Where Poppies Blow by John Lewis Stempel
  97. Extraordinary Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson
  98. The Queen of Speckled Wood by SW Teal
  99. Saviour of Speckled Wood by SW Teal

  100. A Miscellany by Edward Thomas
  101. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  102. Journey into the Wild: The Secret Life a Cameraman by Gavin Thurston
  103. A Field Guide in Colour to Plants and Animals by Jan Toman and Jiri Felix, illustrated by Kvetoslav Hisek
  104. Wilding by Isabella Tree
  105. The Beauty in the Beast by Hugh Warwick
  106. Anything by Terri Windling
  107. Get Your Boots on by Alex White
  108. The Inner Life of Animals by Peter Wohlleben
  109. Wonderland by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss
  110. Natural History of Selbourne by Gilbert White
  111. Masquerade by Kit Williams
  112. A Tour in Scotland by Dorothy Wordsworth
  113. Trouble With Lichen by John Wyndham
  114. Poems by WB Yeats
  115. The Street Beneath My Feet by Yuval Zommer
  116. The Big Book of Blue by Yuval Zommer
  117. Observer Book of Birds
  118. Ladybird Book of Birds
  119. I Spy books
  120. The RSPB Pocket Guide to Birds

Favourite nature quotes included David Arnold’s “Just look at the mindblowing, lipsmacking, wonderful, amazing, beautiful, stunning, marvellous, gorgeous, lovely loveliness of our world!” and William Morris’s “Wealth is what Nature gives us and what a reasonable man can make out of the gifts of Nature for his reasonable use.”

Join in with Nature Book Club next Sunday 6-7pm and share your favourite nature books. If you’re a nature writer or illustrator, share extracts and illustrations from your books – and contact me via Twitter if you’d like to run a competition. I’ll also post next week’s questions on my Twitter account, GrowEatGift.


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