“Wilderness is a resource which can shrink but not grow…the creation of new wilderness in the full sense of the word is impossible.” — Aldo Leopold (American ecologist, forester, and environmentalist, considered to be father of American wildlife management)

Wild Reads for All Ages

In commemoration of President Lyndon Johnson signing into law the Wilderness Act and in dedication of this act, there are a variety of celebratory events, exhibitions, art walks, and film festivals being held around the country in honor of Wilderness 50. There’s even a half marathon that has chosen wilderness as a theme for its annual running race.

Southpark (Colorado) Broadband Leader, Misi Ballard has graciously curated a list of Wild Reads for fellow Broads, friends as well as a book list for children. Below is a sampling of an ever-growing list of Wild Reads for adults. Here is the link for the entire Wild Reads listing.

The list is organized by Title, author and year published.

  • An Unspoken Hunger; Stories from the Field. Terry Tempest Williams, (1994)
  • Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology, David Abrams, (2011)
  • Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey, (1988)
  • Learning to Talk Bear: So Bears Can Listen, Roland Cheek (1997)
  • Living on Wilderness Time: 200 Days alone in America’s Wild Places, Melissa Walker, (2002)
  • Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World, Bill Plotkin, (2007)
  • Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1903)
  • Our National Parks, John Muir (1901)
  • Spell of the Sensuous, David Abrams, (1996)
  • The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild, Craig Childs, (2007)
  • The Practice of the Wild, Gary Snyder, (2010)
  • The Solace of Open Spaces Gretel Erlich, (1986)
  • Trespass: living at the edge of the promised land Amy Irvine, (2008)
  • Two in the Far North, Murie, Margaret E. Murie, Olaus Johan Murie, and Rafael D. Palacios. (1962)
  • Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, Bill Bryson, (1998)
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed, (2012)
  • Woodswoman: Living Alone in the Adirondack Wilderness, Anne LaBastille, (1976)

Wild Reads For Kids —  Kindergarten – Grade 7

This is a sampling of a larger list of titles that is part of an on-going initiative. Here is a link for complete Wild Reads for Kids listing.

  • Aldo Leopold: American Ecologist, Peter Anderson, (1995)
  • Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow, Joyce Sidman; Beth Krommes, (2006)
  • Chipmunk Song, Joanne Ryder; Lynne Cherry, (1987)
  • Citizen Scientists: Be Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard, Loree Griffin Burns; Ellen Harasimowicz, (2012)
  • Forest, What Would You Like? Irene O’Garden; Pat Schories, (2013)
  • The Camping Trip that Changed America, Barb Rosenstock; Mordicai Gerstein, (2012)
  • The Lorax, Dr. Seuss, (1971)
  • The Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth George Speare, (1983)