Six for Sunday: For the Love of Nature

Six for Sunday is a bookish meme created and hosted by Steph at A Little But a Lot.

This Sunday’s topic:

Books with nature themes

I’ve selected 6 books below that discuss some aspect of nature. The bunch here is composed of graphic novels and picture books, some for adults and some for kids. I’ve read all except two. (I’ll like the titles to my reviews.)

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht (illus.)

This is one of the books I haven’t read yet, but I’m looking forward to it. From the bits I’ve quickly read, I get that this one will be hilarious. It’s a field guide that does contain true facts about the illustrated birds, but it’s all done in a snarky tone. I’d say it’s for older teens and adults.

Every Tree Has a Story by Cécile Benoist, illus. by Charlotte Gastaut, transl. from the French by Sylvia Rucker

I recently read this one. It’s a nonfiction children’s picture book about interesting trees around the world. I highly recommend it. The information is accompanied by detailed Zentangle-like illustrations that are stunning! I’ll do a review as soon as I get the chance.

Rime of the Modern Mariner by Nick Hayes (illus.)

I read this one a couple years ago, before I started blogging, I think. The title is, of course, a play on Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” which I don’t think I’ve read, although it was an assignment when I was in college. Anyway, Rime of the Modern Mariner is a poem presented as a graphic novel about our impact on the environment — specifically, how polluted the ocean is. I’d say it’s for older teens and adults. It’s a good read with beautiful illustrations, and I also recommend it.

Wild Animals of the North by Dieter Braun (illus.)

Here’s another one I haven’t yet read but would like to. It’s a children’s picture book about the types of wild animals found in the north, like polar bears and such.

Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future by Lauren Redniss (illus.)

Here’s one of the best nonfiction books I’ve read. It’s a large picture book about the weather. However, I’d say this one is more for older teens and adults due to how it’s written, but I think younger kids could enjoy it too if they read along with a parent. The illustrations throughout are large, eye-catching, and sometimes quite colorful. I learned a lot from this one, such as that the Global Seed Vault is housed on Svalbard, which was nationless until it became part of Norway in 1920. I knew nothing about Svalbard until I read this book. I highly recommend it too.

Audubon: On the Wings of the World by Fabien Grolleau, illus. by Jérémie Royer, trans. by Etienne Gilfillan

This is a biography of the famous ornithologist John James Audubon, known for his book Birds of America, presented in graphic novel form. It doesn’t present everything about his life, but includes enough to give readers a sense of who and how he was and how driven he was to complete his work, documenting all the birds in America (and killing many of them in the process). It’s worth checking out too. I’d say it’s for older teens and adults.

That’s it for this Six for Sunday.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these and if you have any nature book recs.


6 thoughts on “Six for Sunday: For the Love of Nature

  1. I’d recommend Rewilding by Isabella Tree and anything by Lev Parikian or Stephen Rutt – birds and sometimes urban nature, as well as rural – all UK-centric, though.


  2. Now this is my kind of topic! 🙂 I’ve not read any of these, and most I’m completely unfamiliar with, though I think I recall you mentioning The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America, and laughing about it at the time. Thanks for sharing these.


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