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5 Books To Read To Prep For Earth Day

These reads will help you uncover and revitalize your relationship with nature just in time for Earth Day. Inspiring, moving and addicting, you won't want to put these books down!

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Tree Dreams by Kristin Kaye

After witnessing violence between a protesting tree sitter and her uncle, a local logger, Jade Reynolds flees from her beloved home, ending up in Portland, Oregon. Try as she might, she can't escape the pull of the redwood forest and the call to nature. She soon falls in line with an unlikely group, ranging from environmentalists to anarchists— not to mention her crush “Yummy J”. Jade finds herself back in her hometown at a tree-sitting protest and must make a tough choice: whose side is she on and will choosing sides only make matters worse?

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

In the late 1800s, two young Frenchmen cross the Atlantic ocean to arrive in New France where, in exchange for land, they become timber-fallers or “barkskins.” René Sel and Charles Duquet begin their lives and become immersed in the Canadian culture. Proulx continues to tell the stories of Sel, Duquet and their descendants for three hundred years, exploring their relationship with nature and the fragility of the world’s forests.

The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathren Holmes

Hallie Calhoun has been a victim of swirling rumors at her high school, which led to taunting and being abandoned by her friends. When Hallie goes on a school-hiking trip in the Smoky Mountains, with the same people who have been antagonizing her all year, she and two of her peers get separated from the rest of the group. After days go by, they realize they’ll have to fight together for their survival in the merciless wilderness. Reminiscent of Hatchet, the three students have to stay alive long enough to be rescued.

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

In this story, Peter Wohlleben explores the question “are trees social beings?” Wohlleben explains scientific relationships between trees and their surrounding nature in an understandable and interesting way. He discovers trees are like families. They can count and learn, make friendships and care for young saplings. Wohlleben opens readers up to a new world and helps us understand how interconnected the earth truly is.

Earth by Caroline Allen

Pearl Swinton is a girl with a gift, but there is no room for Pearl’s supernatural visions in her rural Missouri home. When her community reacts with fear, and her family with coldness and abuse, Pearl finds sanctuary in her connection with the earth. After discovering that her “crazy aunt” Nadine has the same gift, Pearl takes off to find her – hoping to finally make sense of her visions and her heritage.

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