In honor of Earth Day (April 22), now’s a great time to stock those virtual shelves with eBooks and audiobooks that show some lovin’ for Mother Earth!
For those looking for inspiration to change:
Living like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life
By Ed Begley, Jr.
This is my all-time favorite guide to going green; it’s a great read for anyone looking for tips on how to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Ed categorises his proposals as either “easy changes,” “not-so-big changes,” or “big changes” to help you assess which ideas are right for you. Ed’s wife, Rachelle, speaks for the average person—she insists on a balance of style and sustainability. The mix of Ed’s environmentalism and Rachelle’s design savvy leaves the reader with a set of practical tips they’ll be excited to implement in their own lives.
For your younger readers:
As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do To Stay in Denial
By Derrick Jensen & Stephanie McMillan
This bold and humorous graphic novel ties together several different storylines. When aliens arrive, the United States government makes a dangerous deal: aliens can use up the earth’s resources in exchange for bricks of gold. My favorite characters are two little girls trying to figure out the secret to saving the world from both of its enemies. You’ll also meet a one-eyed bunny attempting to rescue his friends from a corporate animal-testing laboratory and a delusional hippie just trying to meditate in peace. Although comical in nature, this story will get you thinking about the environmental issues we face today.
The Green Queen of Mean
By Michael Dahl
In this wonderfully illustrated graphic novel, the Green Queen is on a mission to save the planet. But she’s approaching it in a way that harms others. Can Halo Nightly show the Green Queen the error of her ways?
For the poetry circle (hey, it’s National Poetry Month, too!):
The Loyal Opposition: Environmental Prose and Poetry
By Keith Ainsworth
In 2010, to honor the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, environmental attorney Keith Ainsworth compiled a collection of poetry addressing our current environmental issues. Ainsworth describes the collection: “The Loyal Opposition is titled after the never-ending paper chase of my career of attempting to act as Dr. Seuss’s Lifted Lorax (who speaks for the trees).”
Classic titles to inspire us green geeks:
50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth
By Sophie Javna, John Javna & Jesse Javna
You Can Save the Earth
By Andrew Flach, Sean Smith, June Eding & Anna Krusinski
365 Ways to Live Green
By Diane Gow Mcdilda
Cassie Renner is a Marketing & Outreach Specialist for OverDrive.
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