This episode we feature a few of our favourite nature/natural history books.

Books for grownups

Last child in the woods – Richard Louv (2005)

A classic of environmental education. Argues for the importance of having access and exposure to the natural world. Coined the term ‘nature deficit disorder’ to describe the impact loss of this experience with nature could be having on children and their development.

The Unexpected Truth about Animals – Lucy Cooke (2018)

Myths and legends about animals which used to be thought of as fact.

Fish Caught in Time – Samantha Weinberg (1999)

Part history and part scientific detective story. Recounts the story of how we rediscovered an ancient fish thought to be long extinct, and the quest to find where they’ve been hiding for millions of years.

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness – Peter Godfrey Smith (2016)

Delving deep into the evolutionary history and biology of the octopus. Also reflections on intelligence and consciousness

Sting in the tale – Dave Goulson (2013)

All about bumblebees and an ecologist’s mission to reintroduce the short-haired bumblebee back to the UK.

Books for kids

How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear – Jess French (2018)

Info on endangered species, their habitats, and simple things you can do to help protect them.

The Lorax – Dr. Seuss (1971)

Classic tale of consequences of greed.

The Great Kapok Tree – Lynn Cherry (1990)

A logger goes into work somewhere in the Amazon rainforest. As he takes a rest the inhabitants of the forest tell him of their lives and how they depend on the kapok tree.

The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein (1964)

Wonderful story with simple illustrations. Tell the story of a boy growing up and the tree which is always there, giving of itself to support him.

Have a book recommendation for us? Send it in to: knowingnaturepodcast@gmail.com

Music: Selfish by Derek Clegg. Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 US License

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