hot summer reads
In need of a summer reading book? Summer staff picks from PLAN are here to help!
We’re sort of nature nerds here at PLAN so we couldn’t help but share our favorite environmental reads. There’s something here for everyone: kids, adventurers, romantics, researchers and more. These reads can either be bought through local businesses or Amazon Smile.
PS: When you using Amazon Smile, a part of the proceeds go to PLAN! When purchasing, be sure you use Amazon Smile and select Saratoga PLAN as your organization of choice. It’s the same service as Amazon, just a different link.
Hidden World Forest by Libby Walden
Recommended by: Smith, Dana Kear’s son, Program Associate
This fun flip-book explores the plants, animals, insects and other creatures that call the forest their home. Smith loves reading this book to his younger brother!
Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb.
Recommended by: Mike Horn, Conservation Director
The author takes you on a journey through the natural history of beavers, their ability to shape a landscape, and how the fur trade changed the balance. “But the most entertaining part is meeting the passionate people who are working to reestablish beavers in ways that restore the natural landscape services that they provide,” Mike says.
Take this book down to the Bog Meadow trail and read about beavers while you can watch them live in action!
Nature Fix by Florence Williams
Recommended by: Alex Fylypovych, Community Engagement Manager
Alex says, “Nature Fix is a book loaded with interesting studies repeatedly highlighting the health benefits of spending time outside. So, what are you waiting for? Get this book and head to the nearest bench, beach, or backcountry!”
The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Carson
Recommended by: Maria Trabka, Executive Director
Are you going to the New England coast this summer? Well you might want to consider reading this book to learn there is much more to lobsters than being served with butter. Trevor Carson takes you into the underwater lives of lobsters from dangerous scuba dives to the danger filled currents of the Gulf of Maine.
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Recommended by: Michelle, Community Engagement Associate
If you are looking for a more romantic read, this is the choice for you. With ecological undertones, this book explores the struggle between nature and mankind. This love story takes place in the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia.