The Almost Anthropologist’s Favorite Books of 2020

I read 193 books this year. Yes, that includes picture books, because picture books are books too! (How do I keep count? On Goodreads!) Here are all my favorite, human/nature-related books that I READ in 2020 and rated 4 or 5 stars:


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

Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther by Craig Pittman

Crapalachia: A Biography of Place by Scott McClanahan

Dreaming in Turtle: A Journey Through the Passion, Profit, and Peril of Our Most Coveted Prehistoric Creatures by Peter Laufer

Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains by Cassie Chambers

The Milkweed Ladies by Louise McNeill

Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver by Frances Backhouse

Pashu: Animal Tales from Hindu Mythology by Devdutt Pattanaik

Rewilding: Meditations, Practices, and Skills for Awakening in Nature by Micah Mortali

Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet by Catherine Friend

Soul Full of Coal Dust: The True Story of an Epic Battle for Justice by Chris Hamby

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Picture Books

A Way with Wild Things by Larissa Theule

Animal Asanas: Yoga for Children by Leila Kadri Oostendorp

Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris

Beavers Build Lodges by Elizabeth Raum

Becoming a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery

Build, Beaver, Build!: Life at the Longest Beaver Dam by Sandra Markle

The Keeper of Wild Words by Brooke Smith

Most of the Better Natural Things in the World by Dave Eggers

Opossum Opposites by Gina Gallois

Numenia and the Hurricane: Inspired by a True Migration Story by Fiona Halliday

Our Animal Neighbors: Compassion for Every Furry, Slimy, Prickly Creature on Earth by Matthieu Ricard, Jason Gruhl, & Becca Hall

Run Wild by David Covell

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel

Truman by Jean Reidy

You’re Snug with Me by Chitra Soundar

Middle Grade

The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate

Run Wild by Gill Lewis

Wild Wings by Gill Lewis

*Links provided are mostly through, an online bookstore that supports local bookstores- yay!

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