Charlotte’s Web by EB White
I loved this book as a child and love it even more as an adult and a writer. It’s about children and animals, but it’s also about the nature of life, death and the beauty of the natural world.
This book is moving, funny, poignant and wise. Set in a fictional town in Florida, it follows a 10-year-old girl who finds a stray dog in a supermarket. The dog helps the child come to terms with her mother’s abandonment and forge new friendships. I loved it.
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The Last Bear by Hannah Gold, illustrated by Levi Pinfold
This touching book about a child who forms a connection with a stranded polar bear speaks to conservation issues, nature, loss, love and empathy.
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Song For a Whale by Lynne Kelly
My daughter loves to read, and this remains one of her all-time favourites. A 12-year-old deaf girl is determined to help a whale that struggles to communicate with his own species.
Wildoak by CC Harrington
OK… so I’m biased, but I passionately believe in everything this book stands for. It’s about a child, a snow leopard and ancient forest. It’s about the interconnectedness of all sentient beings to nature and the need for greater empathy towards one another.