Beasts at Bedtime

Beasts at Bedtime is a very interesting, imaginative and almost magical book, that illustrates the themed wealth of children’s stories. It recognises that many of the great stories for children feature animals and it is written for all those who imagine that children also see themselves as magnificent creatures. There is a great deal of…

The Little Book of Trees

The Little Book of Trees provides a simple well-presented guide, suitable for children aged 9+ and adults alike. It is arranged in alphabetical order by tree name, from Alder to Yew, with over 40 trees listed. Clear photos help to identify the trees. Each tree has its own dedicated page with facts including its preferred…

Is there one book every environmental educator should read?

Is it Silent Spring, perhaps?  Or Walden?  The Natural History of Selbourne, maybe, or A Sand County Almanac?  Then there’s Last Child in the Woods, Small is Beautiful or The Web of Life.  The Prelude, perchance, The Deserted Village, or The Mores?  Or Emile.  Is it Bedford 2046, Marx’s Ecology, The Child in the City, or Streetwise?  Or Deep Ecology: living as if nature mattered, Ariadne’s Thread, Environmentalism, or After Sustainability? Is it The Skeptical Environmentalist, or Capitalism as if the World Matters.  Or Collapse: how societies choose…

The Secret Life of Flies

The secret life of  Flies is a very enjoyable read. McAlister shows her love of this group of insects and, through her chatty style, opens up a secret world to us.  Her factual information is punctuated with many anecdotes, often amusing, on the behaviour and role of detrivores and cophrages, necrophages and vegetarians, fungivores, predators…

Facing up to Climate Reality

Facing up to Climate Reality: honesty, disaster and hope is the sequel to an earlier 2014 collection of essays: The Post-Growth Project. The book’s task as set out in a Foreword is to “confront the brutal reality of the long-term climate damage that [economic] growth has already made inevitable.  Honesty about this situation is something…