Thursday, July 12, 2007

Summer Reading

Each summer I pull a new pile of books off the shelves and stack them on the coffee table ready to grab one for a day at the beach, a read-aloud session under the tree in the backyard, a weekend roadtrip or simply some summer inspiration. Here is a look at a few of the books on our table right now of a "green-ish" hue...

For the big people:
slice of organic
A Slice of Organic Life by Sheheraza Goldsmith
Living Green: A Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability by Greg Horn
Living with Chickens by Jay Rossier
Living the Good Life by Linda Cockburn
The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

For the little people:
out of the egg
Out of the Egg by Tina Matthews
Fairy Dusters and Blazing Stars: Exploring Wildflowers with Children by Suzanne Sampson
All the Way to the Ocean by Joel Harper
Frog Girl by Paul Owen Lewis
Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose
How and Why Wonder Book of Birds by Robert Mathewson

More childrens' lit suggestions can be found over at Green Options.

What's on your summer reading list?


lulu said...

For the adults' stack I highly recommend The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. It's fascinating and eminently readable.

Maggi said...

i loved animal, vegetable, miracle. our diet was pretty careful to begin with, but this really made me think - and plan some changes.

Tracy said...

lulu - i read it this spring - wow!! i also didn't include "Last Child in the Woods" which is another powerful read... thanks for sharing!

seaside1 said...

I've just started reading Barbara Kingsolver's latest book. Now I'm trying to figure out how to turn my garden shed into a chicken coop! I'm fairly new to the west coast and I've had to rethink my tried and true gardening skills. Even though I'm just across the road from the ocean, I have hundreds of miles of wilderness behind my backyard and the deer and bear wander in at will. The bear would love for me to have chickens! In Ontario, I had close to 1/4 of an acre of garden and grew most of our own food. Here, I'm lucky to get a few green tomatoes (which I love fried). The deer eat everything, including hosta and geraniums, but the big culprits are the gigantic black slugs that strip a row of seedlings in one fell swoop.
I'm trying to live as green as possible and was inspired by An Inconvenient Truth, to do even more. I wrote about this on my blog and I'm thrilled that my daughter (muddy yellow dog) suggested I check out yours. I'll be back for many a visit.
Barb (green wellies)

angelique said...

Have you read My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki? It's a novel but the theme fits. And it's a great read... I highly recommend it. Looking forward to Barbara Kingsolver's latest, too.