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Nature's Best Hope (Young Readers' Edition)

How You Can Save the World in Your Own Yard

By Douglas W. Tallamy

Adapted by Sarah L. Thomson

This middle grade edition of the groundbreaking bestseller by Doug Tallamy will inspire kids to use their backyard to help save the planet.

Douglas W. Tallamy awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. His solution? Plant more natives. In this middle grade adaptation of the New York Times bestseller Nature's Best Hope, Tallamy outlines his vision for a grassroots approach to conservation that everyone can participate in regardless of age. 

In Nature's Best Hope (Young Readers' Edition), Tallamy empowers kids to use their own yards to help combat the negative effects of climate change. He does so by breaking down complex concepts into simple terms and real-world examples that kids can easily grasp. Black and white photographs help further clarify concepts. In addition to sharing the science, Tallamy encourages kids to take direct action. Some of these ideas include planting an oak tree (one of the most important tree species) at home. If that’s too large of a task, he suggests they can plant asters—a beautiful flower whose pollen bees use to feed their young. By helping the next generation see that they have power and agency over our collective future, this empowering book will drive home the positive point that kids are truly nature’s best hope.

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Review quotes
“An appeal to kids to notice the plants and critters living in their backyards and local neighborhoods, to study the details of their lives, and witness the interdependence of living things… dedicated climate activists will appreciate the fresh ideas and arguments.”
— Booklist
This is a perfect book to give to middle schoolers in your life. It might just change their lives—and our lives too.”
— Garden Club of America, The Real Dirt
"Doug Tallamy is the godfather of the native-plant movement.”
— The Washington Post
Product Details
Age range
8 - 12
Grade range
3 - 7
Number of pages
Publication date
April 04, 2023