From a whale’s huge girth to the dots on ladybugs and all the curiosities in between, animals and their special traits tend to fascinate us two-leggeds. Whether recounting the sight of thousand-flamingo flocks at Lake Bogoria in Kenya, the sweet taste of honey home-harvested in Connecticut, or a survey of frogs in the heart of Chicago, the authors of the following selections bring us the vibrant world of animals with wit, humor and feeling.
Coyote: Seeking the Hunter in Our Midst
– Catherine Reid
After returning to her home town in northern Massachusetts, Reid began to investigate a new type of coyote inhabiting the area, and to draw parallels between her life and the lives of the coyotes.
– Lynne Cox
While swimming in the ocean one morning as a teenager, Cox realized that she was being followed by a baby gray whale. This is the tale of the magical hour she spent leading the whale back to its mother.
New & Selected Poems: Volume One
– Mary Oliver
Through this poignant collection from America’s best-selling poet, Oliver reminds us of our ties to the natural world and asks deep questions about life, death and the interconnectedness of nature.
Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey, The Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World
– Holley Bishop
An ode to the humble honey-bee, this book follows the history of one of the oldest foods from ancient times to modern hives. Along the way Bishop shares her experiences as a novice bee-keeper and explains the science of honey-making.
Flights Against the Sunset: Stories that Reunited a Mother and Son
– Kenn Kaufman
Visiting his aging mother in a nursing home, renowned ornithologist Kaufman shares stories about his passion for birds and nature.
Silence of the Songbirds: How We Are Losing the World’s Songbirds and What We Can Do to Save Them
– Bridget Stutchbury
Following migratory birds around the world to seek reasons for their decline, Stutchbury explains the many roles that these birds play in our fields and forests, and offers strategies to save the songbirds before it is too late.
Hunting for Frogs on Elston, and Other Tales from Field & Street
– Jerry Sullivan
The collected essays of beloved local author and naturalist Sullivan highlight the wonders of nature that appear on, around and under the streets of Chicago.
**Breezy Reads: light, entertaining books for both adult and teen readers.