Looking for a Good Book? We have some ideas! - Canopy

Looking for a Good Book? We have some ideas!

We love cuddling into a good book – learning something new or being taken to a new world that spurs the imagination. As the holidays draw near, we wanted to share some of our favourite reads with you. Jump to:

Fiction

The Overstory, Richard Powers

The Overstory, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of―and paean to―the natural world. 

The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver

It is the charming, engrossing tale of rural Kentucky native Taylor Greer, who only wants to get away from her roots and avoid getting pregnant.

Blaze Island, Catherine Bush

A climate scientist whose career was destroyed by climate change deniers, Milan Wells has fled to this remote island with his daughter years before, desperate to protect her from the world’s worsening weather.

Non-Fiction

Finding the Mother Tree, Suzanne Simard

From the world’s leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest―a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery.

The Golden Spruce, John Vaillant

When a shattered kayak and camping gear are found on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Northwest, they reignite a mystery surrounding a shocking act of protest.

Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, Edward O. Wilson

Half-Earth provides an enormously moving and naturalistic portrait of just what is being lost when we clip “twigs and eventually whole branches of life’s family tree.”

Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer

In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these lenses of knowledge together to show that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.

The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben

In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware.

Nowhere Else on Earth, Caitlyn Vernon

Full of breathtaking photographs and suggestions for ways to preserve this unique ecosystem, Nowhere Else on Earth is a timely and inspiring reminder that we need to stand up for our wild places before they are gone.

Children’s Books

The Boreal Forest, L. E. Carmichael & Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon

With excellent STEM applications in earth science and life science, this enjoyable book aims to foster environmental awareness of and appreciation for this crucial forest and its interconnections with the entire planet.

We Walk Through the Forest, Lisa Ferland

We Walk Through the Forest follows a spirited young girl and her playful pup as they create wondrous adventures together in the great outdoors.

The Great Kapok Tree, Lynne Cherry

Lynne Cherry journeyed deep into the rainforests of Brazil to write and illustrate this gorgeous picture book about a man who exhausts himself trying to chop down a giant kapok tree.

The Magic and Mystery of Trees, Claire McElfatrick

Discover how trees communicate and warn each other of predators, how they nurture their networks, record the past, and anticipate the future to ensure their survival.

Big Bear Hug, Nicholas Oldland

Welcome to the world of Big Bear Hug, a contemporary fable about a bear who has an appetite for hugging everything in sight―even creatures that bears have been known to eat.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!