A photograph of some vintage books in a wildflower field to show the connection between books and nature.

More and more the natural world is at the forefront of our minds. Governments are signing climate agreements and there’s a push to increase green areas within cities. This book list will allow you to explore all areas of nature. Travel the world through trees and find out the meaning behind birdsong. Humans and nature are far more interconnected than we previously thought and Ultimate Library found out exactly how much through this list.

The cover of the book 'A Nation of Plants' by Stefano Mancuso featuring illustrastions fo lots of different types of leaves including clover, calathea and monstera. All over a light yellowy green background.

The Nation of Plants: A Radical Manifesto for Humans by Stefano Mancuso

As plants see it, humans are not the masters of the Earth. We have been on the planet for only about 300,000 years (nothing compared to the three billion years of plant evolution), yet have changed the conditions of the planet so drastically as to make it a dangerous place for their own survival. It’s time for the plants to offer advice. In this text by Stefano Mancuso, eight pillars for building a better future as respectful inhabitants of the planet are laid out.

The cover of the book 'A Nature Poem for Every Night of the Year' featuring illustrations of flowers and leaves on a dark starry background.

A Nature Poem for Every Night of  the Year edited by Jane McMorland Hunter

A beautiful collection of some of the greatest time-honoured poets including Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, and William Blake. This is perfect for keeping on your bedside table and keeping in touch with nature throughout the year following the seasons. Filled with beautiful poetry and beautiful illustrations.

The cover of the book 'The New Climate War' by Michael E. Mann. It features three images of the earth at different levels degradation.

The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet by Michael E. Mann

For a long time, we have all been told to recycle, fly less, and eat less meat. All these individual decisions to try and save the planet. Large companies have been deflecting blame all the while blocking efforts to regulate industries and reduce carbon emissions. In this text, Mann argues that all is not lost. He outlines a plan for governments and corporations to wake and make real change.

The cover of the book 'Finding the Mother Tree' by Suzanne Simard. It features white text over an illustration of trees in a forest.

Finding the Mother Tree: Uncovering the Wisdom and Intellig-ence of the Forest by Suzanne Simard

World-renowned scientist, Suzanne Simard, has worked hard to increase our understanding of trees. She reveals, in this text, the complex life-cycle of the forest. Trees throughout forests communicate through a giant web of fungi, hidden underground, through which they support each other and sustain the bigger biosphere.

The cover of the book 'Braiding Sweetgrass' by Robin Wall Kimmerer featuring a coil of braised grass and green text on a natural paper background.

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowled-ge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.

The cover of the book 'Bringing Back the Beaver' by Derek Gow featuring an illustration of a beaver on a background of leaves.

Bringing Back the Beaver: The Story of One Man’s Quest to Rewild Britain’s Waterways by Derek Gow

An inspirational first-hand account of the author’s movement to rewild the British landscape with beavers. In opposition to the government, landowners, and even some conservationists the return of beavers shows how they can be part of the sustainable fix for flooding and drought in the country.

The cover of the book 'Bridsong in a Time of Silence' by Steven Lovatt featuring a simple illustration of birds and clouds over rooftops.

Birdsong in a Time of Silence by Steven Lovatt

As the world went silent in lockdown, something else happened. For the first time, many of us started to become aware of the spring sounds around us. From a portrait of the blackbird – to explorations of how birds sing. This text dives into the meanings held in birdsong and how humans and nature can’t be separated.  It is the story of a collective reawakening brought on by the strangest of springs.

The cover of the text 'Back to Nature: How to Love Life and Save It' by Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin. It features text over an illustration of a sun. Below the sun there is an illustration of a fox on some grass.

Back to Nature: How to Love Life – and Save It by Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin

From our balconies and gardens to our woodlands, national parks and beyond, Back to Nature captures the essence of how we feel about the wildlife outside our windows. Through personal stories, conservation breakthroughs and scientific discoveries, it explores the wonder and the solace of nature, and the ways in which we can connect with it – and protect it.

The cover of the book 'Wild Child' by Patrick Barkham it features white text over a background of a tree illustration.

Wild Child by Patrick Barkham

Celebrated nature writer Patrick Barkham draws on his experience as a parent and a forest school volunteer to look at the relationship between this generation of children and nature. Unfolding throughout a year, this is the story of children finding joy in even the smallest patches of green, and in turn, finding their place in the natural world.

The cover of the book 'Lessons from Plants' by Beroda L. Montgomery. It features green cursive writing surrounded by illustrations of leaves on a light green background.

Lessons from Plants by Beronda L. Montgomery

Lessons from Plants enters into the depth of botanic experience and shows how we might improve human society by better appreciating not just what plants give us but also how they achieve their own purposes. What would it mean to learn from these organisms, to become more aware of our environments and to adapt to our own worlds by calling on perception and awareness? Montgomery’s meditative study puts before us a question with the power to reframe the way we live: What would a plant do?