Adult Sustainability Books

Here you can find a list of enchanting and educational reads around environmental sustainability. Being inspired and excited by the wonders of nature has no age limit... 

Biodiversity Books & Resources
The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees is a generous and inspired exploration of the complex world of trees. Peter Wohlleben shares delightful scientific information about how trees communicate, support each other as they grown and respond to environmental changes. Discover the likeness trees share with humans and animals… A trip to the forest will be magical after reading this book.

Wilding

Wilding

Part memoir, part ecological theory, wilding is a story about how Isabella Tree and her husband decided to rewild their intensively farmed land at Knepp in West Sussex. The so called ‘Knepp experiment’, involved stepping back and letting nature take over. The result is an ecosystem heaving with life. Wilding is a heartening story of having hope and faith in nature.

The Lost Words

The Lost Words

An inspired book of poems, dedicated to words that have been lost, such as kingfisher, otter and dandelion. Accompanied by stunning illustrations, it is perfect to read out loud and immerse children in the beauty of nature.

The Secret Network of Nature

The Secret Network of Nature

An accessible exploration of the natural worlds’ intricate connections. Drawing upon ecological discoveries, such as the role of wolves in altering the course of river, Wohllben beautifully details the delicate equilibrium within which our planet operates.

Entangled Life

Entangled Life

A delve into the world of fungi, Entangled Life will change the way you see the world. It reads almost as an adventure story, allowing you to be engrossed in the captivating underbelly of nature.

The Big Book of Birds

The Big Book of Birds

Stunning illustrations complement educational and engaging facts about birds. Simple and digestible, this is a great start for younger nature lovers. Age: 3-7

Slow Down: Bring Calm To A Busy World

Slow Down: Bring Calm To A Busy World

A set of 50 short stories, covering a wide range of nature topics, from a kingfisher catching a fish to a hare outrunning a fox. Striking paintings immerse the reader in nature, and encourage children to slow down and notice the world around them. Age: 5-9

Lift-the-Flap Bugs and Butterflies Hardc

Lift-the-Flap Bugs and Butterflies Hardc

A light and simple introduction into the world of bugs. This visually stimulating book is accompanied by Usborne Quicklinks, linking children to educational websites and immersive nature videos. Age: 6-9

Tree Books & Resources
The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees is a generous and inspired exploration of the complex world of trees. Peter Wohlleben shares delightful scientific information about how trees communicate, support each other as they grown and respond to environmental changes.

The Wonder of Trees

A wide and engaging account of trees, from its seeds, to birds, to the destruction of whole forests. Perfect for KS2, it's a feast of information that will foster an appreciation of the role of trees. Age: 7-11

The Lorax

A classic environmental fable that raises awareness of destruction and the need to conserve our natural world. Age: 4+

The Woodland Book Hardcover

A guide to woodlands, their plants, wildlife and history. Delve into the practical side of environmental studies, through tracking animals, identifying plants and drawing maps. Age: 6-9

The Magic And Mystery Of Trees

Informative overview of the natural science of trees; ranging from an individual trees growth to the communication of the whole ecosystem. Age: 7-9

Food and Sustainable Farming Books / Resources
We Are The Gardeners

We are the Gardeners recounts the endeavours of starting a family garden; it brings alive the excitement of gardening alongside the importance of resilience and hard work. Age: 5-8 years.

The Farm That Feeds Us

A colourful exploration of the workings of a small, organic family farm through the seasons. Incredibly detailed and jam-packed with information; easily read in broken down, small sections. Age: 7-11

Plant, Sow, Make & Grow

Learn how to garden with this stunningly illustrated book. A great starting point to make gardening more accessible for younger ages, alongside sections based on seasonal produce and local wildlife. Age: all ages

The Bee Book

A beautiful children's education book introducing the crucial role of bees and what we can do to help them. The Bee Book celebrates every aspect of bees and encourages children to appreciate their role within our food systems. Age: 5-9

Harlem Grown

An uplifting true story of how one man and a school created a lush garden on abandoned land in New York. A lovely story accompanied by equally lovely illustrations that demonstrates the power of community gardens. Age: 4-8

Sustainable Cities Books & Resources
Wild City

This book encourages a different perspective on sustainable cities, through a tour of the animals that we share our cities with across the world. Helps children link urban space with nature. Age: 7-11

The Street Beneath My Feet

A double-sided fold out book, taking readers deep underground of a city and the countryside. Allows children to understand the city below ground, and the variety of landscapes under our feet! Age: 4-7

In Focus- Cities

An immersive book into the cultural, social and historical identities of 10 famous cities in the world. Exposes children to the very different make-up of major cities. Age: 5-12

Green City

Follow the true story of rebuilding a sustainable town after a tornado, narrated through the eyes of a young boy. This book allows young children to explore what it takes to build an environmentally sustainable and resilient town. Age: 5-9

The Future of Cities

An exploration of how engineers and scientists are designing our future cities, from rooftop farms to floating settlements. Age: 9-12