Wednesday, May 9, 2012

All the Books from The Earth Day Reading Project 2012

When I shared my selection, The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh, I did not know it would become a theme for the project. Many of the books selected were children's books. From Beatrice Potter to Lewis Carroll, there were books that inspire, entertain, and offer a subtle message. And there were other books as well. Books that I have put on my reading list. Great books that offer new perspectives and new lessons in sustainable living and appreciating nature.

Congratulations to the winners of the seed giveaway:

Karin of Southern Meadows - cypress vine seeds
Sharon of Sprouts and Wildings, A Virginia Garden Blog
Abby of The College Gardener

Send me your seed preference (cypress vine or moonflower) and your address to: sagebutterfly9 (at)

So without further ado, here are the books from The Earth Day Reading Project 2012:


Bringing Nature Home - Douglas Tallamy
Down the Garden Path - Beverley Nichols
Founding Gardeners - Andrea Wulf
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies - Robert Michael Pyle
Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web - Jeff Lowenfels, Wayne Lewis
The Climate Conscious Gardener - Janet Marinelli (editor)
The Forest - Roger Caras


Green Angel - Alice Hoffman
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Children's Books

The Complete Brambly Hedge - Jill Barklem
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh - A. A. Milne
The Lorax - Dr. Seuss
The Oak Inside the Acorn - Max Lucado
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll


Earth Voices - Bliss Carmen

Participating Blogs

Experiments with Plants
Gardens Eye View
Going Native
Jean's Garden
Mad Crow Herbalism
Nadezda's Northern Garden
Notes of Nature
Pam's English Cottage Garden
Prairie Rose's Garden
Roses and Other Gardening Joys
Soil Sister of the San Joaquin
Southern Meadows
Sprouts and Wildings, A Virginia Garden Blog
The College Gardener
The Pyjama Gardener

Thank you all for participating in this year's Earth Day Reading Project. I enjoyed reading about your selections and adding some new reads to my list.

I have changed the Earth Day Reading Project badge to point to this post for easy access to the list of books. Enjoy!

And thank you to Beth at Daylily Soup for nominating The Sage Butterfly for the Versatile Blogger award. I am honored and grateful for the nomination. Since I have been nominated before, you can visit here to see what my responses were.

Related posts: The Earth Day Reading Project and Giveaway - 100th Post!

© copyright 2012 Michelle A. Potter


  1. Thanks so much for hosting this again this year, Michelle. I enjoyed participating, but most of all I found this project inspiring as we all think about how important it is to protect Mother Earth.

    Love the photo of the bee with the purple blossoms--this would look beautiful framed and hanging on the wall!

    1. I am glad you enjoyed the project. I enjoy hosting it. It is a pleasure to bring attention to Mother Earth. Thanks, again, for participating.

  2. I love the photo of the spiky purple flower. What is the name of that plant?

    1. Those are the flowers on chives. I had them in the vegetable garden, but liked the flowers so much I added some to the cottage garden.

  3. What a lovely idea and smiling to see I read (or was read to) several of the childrens books - perhaps that's the key to the lifestyle we go on to choose. Lovely photos too.

    1. Thanks, Dee. It was interesting how the theme developed this year.

  4. What a wonderful list of books that everyone shared! I will definitely be adding some to my reading list too! I am thrilled to have won some seeds! Can't wait to have some cypress vine growing in my garden! Thank you!

    1. Congratulations! You will love it...and the hummingbirds.

  5. I love all Beverly Nichols books on gardening especially his descriptions of his ancient gardener. I think his books are out of print though.

    1. I have not read his books, but I look forward to it. I found some on Amazon...

  6. Great to see some classic childrens books up there - books that inspired me from such an early age to appreciate nature...........and still do as I brought my own children up reading them aswell.

    A blogging friend has suggested that I should read 'Pilgrim at Tinker Creek' by Annie Dillard.

    1. They are very inspirational. I continue to enjoy them today. I will have to look into Pilgrim at Tinker Creek...

  7. Michelle, thank you for considering my post of Lewis Carroll in this project!

    1. You are very welcome, Nadezda. I really enjoyed your post.

  8. Thanks for pulling this together. I'm looking forward to reading some of these books I'm not familiar with. And thanks for drawing my name! I'm looking forward to trying to catch the moon flowers popping open at dusk!

    1. Congratulations! You will enjoy them. And the fragrance is heavenly.

  9. Thanks for coordinating this wonderful project! I now have some books to add to my reading list...

  10. Thank you so much for choosing me for one of the winners of the seed giveaway! I feel really honored! Thank you!! :)

  11. What a great selection of books it ended up being. Some nice additions to my summer reading list!

    Thanks for hosting and pulling this together! :-0


  12. Great list...I will check a few new ones this meme


'I see trees of green, red roses, too
I see 'em bloom for me and for you
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world'
--What a Wonderful World

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