Top 5 Climate Change Books and Authors


Best of Mother Earth blogger extraordinaire, Karen (often called the “keeper of the burger”) suggested this month’s Green Moms Carnival theme: Favorite “Green Books” and Authors.

Do we judge a book by it’s “green” cover? In fact, all the Green Moms have taken a slightly different approach, which I am sure you will enjoy when you read the carnival.

I am happy to share with you my current 5 favorite, “green reads.” As you might expect, all have an “underlying focus or link” to climate change” and all will help empower you to talk to your kids about why climate change is and should be important to you and your family.
In no particular order:

1. Bothered by My Green Conscience: How an SUV-driving, imported-strawberry-eating urban dweller can go green by Franke James. Franke uses wit, humor, and a super fun visual essay to make us all stop and think about what should be bothering us these days, and why!

2. Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity by James Hanson. Once again, Dr. Hansen puts the power and weight of his years of scientific analysis and peer reviewed research in his writing, as he both tells and shows us where we are headed, and the dire future we are setting in motion for our children and grandchildren; unless we stop now, and change course.

3. Ignition: What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement Edited by Jonathan Isham and Sissel Waage. Ignition showcases the views of a wide range of “concerned citizens” on the best approach to building strategies for a climate movement.

4. Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis Al Gore. Taking off where an “Inconvenient Truth” ended, this book brings together ideas and solutions for what we need to do, collectively, to fight the climate crisis.

5. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder Richard Louv. The importance and necessity of exposing our children to nature, is a key to saving our future.

It goes without saying, that the books written by my Green Mom Carnival pals are also some of my favorites, including the recently released book by Deanne Duke, The Non-Toxic Avenger, Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World by Diane MacEachern and Practically Green: Your Guide to Ecofriendly Decision-Making by our Mindful Momma, Micaela Preston.

What are some of your top “Green Reads?”


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8 Responses to Top 5 Climate Change Books and Authors

  1. Thanks for the reading list — now I’ll have some new books queued up on my nightstand! Books with an environmental theme that I think are worth a read include: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (a classic that everyone should check out), Four Wings and a Prayer by Sue Halpern (great book on the monarch migration), The Legacy of Luna by Julia Butterfly Hill (you think she’s a nut for sitting in a tree, until you read the book), and Insights from Insects by Gilbert Waldbauer (get to know the majority of organisms in our world).

    • Harriet says:

      Thanks so much Desiree, I am not familiar with Four Wings and a Prayer, The legacy of Luna, or insight from Insects, but will definitely check them out!!

  2. Rosa says:

    I can’t believe Bill McKibben isn’t on this list. Every one of his books comes down to climate change.

    For environment, not necessarily climate change, I love Wangari Maathai’s work, esp. Unbowed (her memoir) and Replenishing the Earth.

    • Harriet says:

      Agreed. Bill Mckibben should be included! I follow his work and writings with, but haven’t read Eaarth or the End of Nature yet..both on my “to read list”…I too love and respect Wangari Maathai’s work..her death this past fall was a loss to the world community.

  3. The classic, Silent Spring, is always on my list somewhere. I love Last Child in the Woods too, but haven’t read the others on your list. Guess I have some reading to do!

  4. truly glad you mentioned franke james in your list of top five – she’s a very favorite of mine as well, thank you also for pointing to all the other green mom authors – what an impressive group we all are!!

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