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Books Recommended by Nature Journalers



At Wild Wonder 2022, one of the breakout discussion topics was “What’s on your bookshelf?” Nature journalers shared the books that most inspired them.



I was the note-taker during that discussion, and I promised to share the list with everyone. So here it is! This list includes a fun variety of poetry, comics, and of course lots of natural history.






Here's the List:
  • Books by Marianne North, a female biologist and explorer from the 1800s







  • The Colossus and Other Poems by Sylvia Plath

    • Suzie said: “Sylvia Plath is not usually known for her nature poetry. She has a different style from Mary Oliver. Very creative use of language.”








  • Polar Bear Cafe manga (Unfortunately, it’s only in Japanese, but apparently an English version of Volume 1 is supposed to come out in 2023!)




  • High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs and other books by Lisa Kahn Schnell (she was a participant in this conversation and it was exciting to hear her recommend her own books!)









Finally, Sidney recommended Storygraph as an anti-Amazon alternative to Goodreads.




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📚 What books would you add to the list? Comment and let us know!


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Guest
Dec 14, 2022

Thank you for compiling this list. It's fantastic and a resource to return to again and again. The link to information about Marianne North was delightful - and the short movie from the Royal Botanic Gardens was amazing!

-Kathleen Hake

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Rebecca Rolnick
Rebecca Rolnick
Dec 16, 2022
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You're welcome! :)

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I would recommend "Writing Wild" by Kathryn Aalto. Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World.

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Rebecca Rolnick
Rebecca Rolnick
Dec 12, 2022
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Ooh, I've been wanting to read that one! Thanks for the reminder! Glad to know you enjoyed it.

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Thanks for the list - lots of great ones!

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All the books by Clare Walker Leslie are so inspiring! Her nature sketches, drawings and watercolor painting along with her written comments about nature are both creative and scientific. Love her notes on what’s happening in her world along with the nature showing up each day too!

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Rebecca Rolnick
Rebecca Rolnick
Dec 12, 2022
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Yes to Clare Walker Leslie! 😀

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