Our Environmentalist Bookshelf

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Four librarians at the S.F. Public library’s Potrero Branch share their personal recommendations for the best books about Environmentalism with The Potrero View.

Suggested by Mary Ellen, Branch Manager and Children’s Services Librarian:

1. Redwoods by Jason Chin (ages 5 – 9)

2. Island: A Story of the Galápagos by Jason Chin (ages 8 – 12)

Suggested by Doreen, Children’s Services Librarian:

3. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

4. The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse by David Owen

Suggested by Julieta, Adult Services Librarian:

5. Sharing the Earth: An International Environmental Justice Reader edited by Elizabeth Ammons and Modhumita Roy

6. The Oyster War: the True Story of A Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America by Summer Brennan

7. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

8. An Electronic Silent Spring: Facing the Dangers and Creating Safe Limits by Katie Singer

9. The Vandana Shiva Reader (Culture of The Land) by Vandana Shiva

Suggested by Jenny, Youth Services (Teen/Tween) Librarian:

10. Full Body Burden: Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats by Kristen Iversen

11. The Legacy of Luna: The Story of A Tree, A Woman, and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods by Julia Butterfly Hill

12. Luna & Me: The True Story of A Girl Who Lived in A Tree to Save A Forest by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

13. Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion by Loree Griffin Burns

14. All You Need Is Less: The Eco-friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity by Madeleine Somerville and Billee Sharp