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Ethico Bookshelf – December reads

Ethico Bookshelf – December reads

Sheena Kelly
  • Here’s what our reading list looks like this month. Pick a title of your choice and join us!

When Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring hit the book-stands back in the 1960s, the climate crisis was still a distant reality. And yet, the book made the right kind of noise and attracted the right kind of attention towards environmental urgencies. Cut to 2020, the talk around environmental degradation is far more pressing. Thankfully, there are a host of titles that help break down and build up the environment conversation.

To navigate better through the dense jungle of eco reads, librarian teacher and eco crusader in her own right, Sheena Kelly, brings you a bunch of 5 titles every month. Split into 5 different categories – Picture Book, Elementary, Mid-level, High-level, Adult – these books choose different styles and narratives to address the climate crisis.

But it’s not all grim and dystopian (well there’s that too). There are happy tales, informative insights, actionable changes and so much more!

Introducing the December stack!


Picture Book

“Winston of Churchill: One Bear’s Battle Against Global Warming”By Jean Davies Okimoto

Winston has an important message for the tourists that visit his home every year … if he can only make it to the protest.


“Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth”By Molly Bang

This book simply explains the complexity of burning fossil fuels and the world’s diminishing supply of buried sunlight.

Middle Level

“Rising Seas: Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World”By Keltie Thomas

What does the rising water level mean for the world’s landmasses? This book offers teens a glimpse into the future. 

High School

“Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants”By Robin Wall Kimmerer

Blending traditional knowledge and academic learning, the author guides readers to hear what the earth is saying.


“Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution”By Peter Kalmus

The account of two people who reduced their impact on the environment, and the positive changes it caused in their lives.

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