My new book ‘Birdgirl’ is out now, available to purchase online. I’ve also written ‘We Have A Dream’ and I’ve been featured in various other books, further details below.
By Mya-Rose Craig
‘Lyrical, poignant and insightful.’ – Margaret Atwood
‘Birdwatching has never felt like a hobby, or a pastime I can pick up and put down, but a thread running through the pattern of my life, so tightly woven in that there’s no way of pulling it free and leaving the rest of my life intact.’
Meet Mya-Rose – otherwise known as ‘Birdgirl’. Birder, environmentalist, diversity activist. To date she has seen over five thousand different types of bird: half the world’s species.
Every single bird a treasure. Each sighting a small step in her family journey – a collective moment of joy and stillness amidst her mother’s deepening mental health crisis. And each helping her to find her voice.
Since she was young, she has visited every continent to pursue her passion, seeing first-hand the inequality and reckless destruction we are inflicting on our fragile planet. And the simple, mindful act of looking for birds has made her ever-more determined to campaign for all our survival.
This is her story; a journey defined by her love for these extraordinary creatures. Because large or small, brown, patterned or jewelled, there is something about birds that makes us, even for just moments at a time, lift our eyes away from our lives and up to the skies.
We Have A Dream
By Mya-Rose Craig
“Inspiring, enlightening and powerful. We have to make these dreams come true” – Chris Packham
Indigenous people and people of colour are disproportionately affected by climate change, yet often are not heard in global conversations.
As a British-Bangladeshi environmentalist and race activist, I was interested to hear and amplify the voices of young environmentalists of colour from around the world who are usually ignored. I spent months researching and locating 30 young environmentalists who were working on different types of projects, all over the world. I spoke to these incredible young people, many who had been campaigning since they were 8 or 9 years old, about what they think are the issues and what needs to be done to make change.
From wildlife conservation to clean water, air pollution to plastic waste, climate justice to climate strikes, the time has come to listen to a generation of young people of colour demanding urgent change for the world they will inherit.
Environmental and diversity campaigner Mya-Rose Craig aka Birdgirl speaks to 30 Black, Indigenous and People of Colour campaigners from around the world, including; Autumn Peltier, Vanessa Nakate and Lesein Mutunkei. These communities are disproportionately affected by climate change, yet often aren’t heard in global conversations. From wildlife conservation to clean water, from air pollution to plastic waste, from climate justice to climate strikes, the time has come to listen to a generation of young people demanding urgent change for the world they will inherit.
Rebel Girls Climate Warriors
By Rebel Girls
With fairytale-like stories about Greta Thunberg, Autumn Peltier, and Rachel Carson, Rebel Girls Climate Warriors: 25 Tales of Environmental Allies spotlights the world-changing work of women on the frontlines of the fight for climate justice.
Meet conservationists, activists, water protectors, philanthropists, authors, and other women from all over the world who have stood up to polluters and used their amazing talents to protect the planet.Rebel Girls Climate Warriors is part of the award-winning Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series.It is illustrated by female and nonbinary artists from around the world.
Join Greta Thunberg for a climate strike. Plant a tree with Wangari Maathai. Stand with water protector Autumn Peltier. And turn trash into profits and independence with Isatou Ceesay. Rebel Girls Climate Warriors tells the stories of the ingenuity and commitment of these women and more, including Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, Nigerian activist Esohe Ozigbo, Indigenous Ecuadorian leader Nemonte Nenquimo, and Thai landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom.
Unlock bonus audio stories of some of the extraordinary women and girls featured in this book on the Rebel Girls app. Whenever you come across a bookmark icon on the page, scan the QR code, and you’ll be whisked away on an audio adventure! You’ll also discover 100+ creative activities and stories of even more trailblazing women on the app.turous, wilder future.
The Most Important Comic Book on Earth: Stories to Save the World
By Cara Delevingne, Ricky Gervais, Jane Goodall, Scott Snyder and Taika Waititi
The Most Important Comic Book On Earth is a global collaboration for planetary change, bringing together a diverse team of 300 leading environmentalists, artists, authors, actors, filmmakers, musicians, and more to present over 120 stories to save the world.
Whether it’s inspirational tales from celebrity names such as Cara Delevingne and Andy Serkis, hilarious webcomics from War and Peas and Ricky Gervais, artworks by leading illustrators David Mack and Tula Lotay, calls to action from activists George Monbiot and Jane Goodall, or powerful stories by Brian Azzarello and Amy Chu, each of the comics in this anthology will support projects and organizations fighting to save the planet and Rewrite Extinction.
Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature: Amazing Animals and the Magical Creatures of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts
By Natural History Museum
The magical world of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts meets the real-world experts of the world-famous Natural History Museum, in an awe-inspiring exhibition devoted to the wonders of nature, science and adventure – and their fictional counterparts from Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. A perfect present!
Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature is the official book inspired by the spectacular exhibition, shining a light on beasts in all their fantastic forms. Taking inspiration from Newt Scamander, this gorgeous colour gift book invites the whole family to explore the inspiration and links between the magic of J.K. Rowling’s creatures and the astonishing real-world wildlife that has roamed the earth, seas and skies of our planet throughout history.
Prepare to pore over ancient maps of sea monsters; naturalists’ field notes crammed with intricately painted chameleons and caterpillars; and dinosaurs such as the mighty Dracorex Hogwartsia, the ‘Dragon King of Hogwarts’. The Natural History Museum boasts one of the finest collections in the world – some 80 million animals, plants, minerals, rocks and fossils. These scientific specimens sit beside breathtaking artwork of J.K. Rowling’s magical creatures; fascinating props and artefacts from the Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter films; and stunning wildlife photography. Readers are invited to meet unicorns and merpeople, Nifflers and Bowtruckles, pythons and tigers, and observe their amazing and endlessly surprising behaviours. Each chapter begins with an original essay by a well-known writer, environmental expert or natural history scientist, offering their own unique insight into the exhibition. Uplifting and absorbing, this is a book that evokes the true magic and majesty of nature in all its myriad forms. Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature inspires us to protect our precious planet – a must-have for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts fans of all ages, budding explorers and readers who aren’t able to visit the exhibition in person.
Wildlings: How to raise your family in nature
By Steve Backshall and Helen Glover
The ultimate handbook for raising wilder, happier, muddier, more resilient kids – whatever the weather and wherever you live.
In the last few years parents everywhere have realised how crucial the freedom of the outside world is, not only for their kids’ wellbeing, but the whole family’s. They’ve also realised, however, that it’s not always that easy.
That’s where this book comes in. Taking you through different environments and activities to explore, from minibeasts in the garden and pond dipping all the way through to beach Olympics and sea swimming (via rainy days, wild woods and river exploration), there are ideas small and big for all ages that will get them – and you – more engaged and involved with nature, and the wildlife in it.
With contributions from Bear Grylls , Ed Stafford , Sir Chris Hoy , Judy Murray , Michaela Strachan , Gordon Buchanan , Caroline Lucas , Wayne Bridge and many more, Wildlings is a map to a more adventurous, wilder future.
Food For Thought: Celebrating the joy of eating well and living better
By Phil Haughton
From breakfast to bedtime the food that we eat and the natural world that we all share have the power to nourish our bodies, nurture our growth and support our health, vitality and survival. But are we taking it all for granted? Are we making the best choices for own bodies and minds, our families, our communities and for the planet? Fighting for food justice and equality, supporting the hard-working hands of organic farmers and food producers, and challenging our beliefs around food, nature and how the two must be balanced, have been Phil Haughton’s mission and passion for over 25 years. It is this passion, alongside the simple pleasure of seeing how food, nature, business and community can all thrive in harmony, that is already being brought to vivid life and enjoyed by thousands in Phil’s award-winning Better Food shops. And now, through a fascinating mix of inspiring personal stories, tempting recipes, helpful tips and insightful contributions from 12 thought leaders and changemakers, he is sharing his passion with you. Join Phil on this uplifting and thought-provoking journey through a colourful celebration of food and nature. His experiences and enthusiasm will open your eyes, make you think, bring on a smile and reconnect you with the joys of food, the wonders of nature, and what it really means to eat well and live better on an incredible planet that’s alive with possibility, potential and plenty.
Stay Wild: Rural Getaways and Sublime Solitude
By Gestalten and Canopy & Stars
Leave the city behind you, switch off, reconnect with yourself and nature, and fall in love with the world again. Stay Wild is a book by gestalten and Canopy & Stars, it presents the finest selection of treehouses, cabins, houseboats, yurts, shepherds huts and tipis from around Europe, alongside a series of features on connecting with nature (and the positive impact that has on well-being and quality of life give), slow travel, and things like the joy of treehouses or sitting around the campfire.
Guinness World Records 2022
By Guinness World Records
Fully revised and updated, and with a bright new design, Guinness World Records 2022 provides a fascinating snapshot of our world today. Our editors have chosen to curate the book with environmental issues at the forefront of their mind, so we open with a chapter exploring what’s happening to our ecosystem and what superlative lengths people are going to make a difference. We also want to encourage readers to put their own record-breaking to good, so look out for projects that might inspire you to make a difference – so don’t just Discover Your World, Change Your World!
Despite the challenges of the past year, it’s been business as usual at Guinness World Records, and our researchers continue to field thousands of applications a month. Expect that unique mix of remarkable humans, talented pets, incredible vehicles and impressive sporting legends.
What you’ll find in our 10 record-packed chapters:
* Environmental champions – the eco-warriors fighting to make our planet a better place * Wonders of the natural world, from the most intelligent creatures to the deadliest plants * The tallest and shortest… Our record scouts have measured a host of the world’s loftiest and diminutive humans * Pop Culture icons – we reveal the world’s most successful movie franchises, videogames, toys and brands * Young Achievers – meet the under-16 influencers, entrepreneurs and entertainers who are taking positive steps to change the world * Sporting heroes – we review the biggest sporting achievements of the year and put them in context alongside the greatest athletes of all time
PLUS! Look out for bonus features including free Augmented Reality dinosaurs that come to life straight off the page; more inductees into the Guinness World Records Hall of Fame, including Sir David Attenborough, astronaut Peggy Whitson and K-Pop sensations BTS; and “Virtual Visits” that take you on a journey to some of the most fascinating and record-packed visitor attractions, museums, art galleries and parks – all without leaving your bedroom!