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Established in 1970, Earth Day has helped inspire people all over the world to behave in an eco-conscious way. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by checking out one of these digital books that will help you introduce a little more green into your life this spring.

All the items on this digital display are available for free online with your NPL library card.

Click on each section below to browse our recommendations. Each title is available through one (or more) of the Naperville Public Library's digital resources.

Sustainable Happiness

Sarah Van Gelder
Learn creative ways to cultivate a happiness that is sustainable in every sense: one that is nurturing, enduring, just, and life affirming for individuals, society, and the earth.

Sustainable Home

Christine Liu
Sustainable Home is a stylish, inspirational and practical guidebook to maintaining a more environmentally friendly household.

Our Sustainable Table

Robert Clark
These essays link a decline in the quality of food with a historical deterioration of the quality of American farm life, while making it clear that "food that tastes good and is good for you is not just a private indulgence but a force for sustaining families and communities."

How to Survive Off the Grid

Tim MacWelch
For anyone who has ever dreamed of leaving it all behind and heading for the hills, survival expert and three-time New York Times bestselling author Tim MacWelch makes that a reality with How to Survive Off the Grid.

The Modern Organic Home

Natalie Wise
The Modern Organic Home helps you de-clutter and clean with natural, homemade products that are healthy for you and your family.

Grow, Create, Inspire

Crystal Stevens
Grow Create Inspire empowers the reader to take the reins on their path to sustainability and abundance, providing practical advice on building resiliency in daily life.

Seeking Slow

Melanie Barnes
Seeking Slow provides simple ways for you to slow down and reconnect with yourself, your family, and your surroundings-while finding joy in doing so.

The Good Life Lab

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne
Touchingly personal while also providing practical tutorials on making your own biofuel, building an efficient house, and gardening sustainably, The Good Life Lab will encourage you to chase your dreams of self-sufficiency.


Deborah Niemann
A must-read for anyone who has ever wanted to live a greener life but thought that it would be too expensive or difficult, this handy guide will show you how small changes can have a huge environmental impact, save you thousands of dollars, and improve your quality of life.

The Home Energy Diet

Paul Scheckel
The Home Energy Diet helps readers take control of their personal energy use and costs so they can save money, live more comfortably, and help the environment.

MagnifEco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-Toxic Beauty

Kate Black
With this complete head-to-toe guide covering everything from hair and beauty products to shoes and footwear, you can feel better about everything you put on your body and be-magnifeco!

The Going Green Handbook

Alice Mary Alvrez
The Going Green Handbook is an inspiring and instructive guide to living the handmade life by consuming less and creating more.

The Little Book of Going Green

Harriet Dyer
Filled with facts, theories, and tips on how we can do our bit for the planet, The Little Book of Going Green is your one-stop guide to making every aspect of your life earth-friendly.

The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve, Capture, and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape

Laura Allen
Offering proven techniques in clear and accessible language, The Water-Wise Home makes it easy to help the environment and lower your household operating costs through conserving water.
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Thrifty Green

Priscilla Short
Thrifty Green offers a unique, resource-by-resource approach that shows us that the best way to practice conservation, the real win-win, involves saving money as we lighten up.

Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard

Douglas W. Tallamy
Nature's Best Hope is actionable and hopeful. By proposing practical measures that ordinary people easily can do, Tallamy gives us reason to believe that the planet can be preserved for future generations.
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Green Mama: What Parents Need to Know to Give Their Children a Healthy Start and a Greener Future

Manda Aufochs Gillespie
From choosing environmentally friendly diapers to identifying the hidden toxins in children's food, cribs, car seats, and toys, Green Mama discusses topics that are vitally important to new parents.
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The Backyard Homestead

Carleen Madigan
On just a quarter-acre of land, you can produce fresh, organic food for a family of four - year-round! With easy-to-follow instructions on canning, drying, and pickling, you'll enjoy your backyard bounty all winter long.
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Grow A Sustainable Diet

Cindy Conner
Everyone loves to prepare a meal with ingredients fresh from their own garden. This complete guide is a must-read for anyone working towards food self-sufficiency for themselves or their family.

The Pickled Pantry

Andrea Chesman
Expert Andrea Chesman provides inspiration and encouragement for both first-time picklers and dedicated home canners.
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Kathryn Hawkins
Breadmaking is an invaluable guide for anyone who's always wanted to make warm, delicious bread in their own home while becoming a little less reliant on processed, pre-packaged food.

Farmstead Chef

John D. Ivanko, Lisa Kivirist
Farmstead Chef will help you rediscover the benefits of homegrown food and homemade cooking, preserving the harvest, and stocking the pantry, all while building community.

The Grow Your Own Food Handbook

Monte Burch
Learn how to grow food for your family, harvest and store all types of home-grown produce, and find joy in eating foods planted with your own hands.

The Food Lover's Garden

Jenni Blackmore
Foodie meets gardener in this deliciously accessible, easy-to-use guide to growing, cooking, and preserving twenty-some popular, easy-to-grow vegetables and herbs.


Carol Wilson
Preserving fruits and vegetables is a great way to turn home-grown or local produce into delicious treats that can be enjoyed all year round.

Backyard Bounty

Linda Gilkeson
Are you itching to start gardening, but feel that it will be too time-consuming for your busy schedule? Backyard Bounty will demystify gardening, bringing it back to the down-to-earth, environmentally practical activity that anyone can enjoy.

WECK Small-Batch Preserving

Stephanie Thurow
Perfect for new preservationists and delicious enough for even seasoned pros to appreciate, WECK Small-Batch Preserving is every preservation enthusiast's go-to resource for year-round preservation.

The Complete Book Of Home Canning

The Complete Book of Home Canning an invaluable resource book for persons who are canning food for the first time. Experienced canners will find updated information to help them improve their canning practices.

The Timber Press Guide To Vegetable Gardening In The Midwest

Michael VanderBrug
The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Midwest, focuses on the unique eccentricities of the heartland gardening calendar to help Midwesterners cultivate bountiful vegetable gardens.

Tiny Garden, Huge Harvest: How to Harvest Huge Crops From Mini Plots and Container Gardens

Caleb Warnock
Self-sufficiency expert Caleb Warnock provides step-by-step directions for designing, planting, and harvesting a tiny garden for big harvests that can really feed your family.

Composting For A New Generation: Latest Techniques for the Bin and Beyond

Michelle Balz
Composting for a New Generation includes tried-and-true composting methods and new, innovative techniques. Learn the science of composting, traditional bin composting, vermicomposting, keyhole gardens, and how to use your finished compost.

Composting Basics

Eric Ebeling
Learn what and how to compost, how to make or buy bins, how to build a compost pile and make compost tea, and how to compost with worms.

100 Plants to Feed the Bees

Various Authors
100 Plants to Feed the Bees will empower homeowners, landscapers, apartment dwellers - anyone with a scrap of yard or a window box - to protect our pollinators with common flowers, herbs, shrubs, and trees.

Starter Vegetable Gardens: 4 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens

Barbara Pleasant
Using simple language and illustrated garden layouts, Pleasant shows you how to start, maintain, and eventually expand an organic vegetable garden in even the tiniest backyard.

Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative Gardening Techniques for Growing Up in Small Spaces

Rhonda Massingham Hart
For gardeners working in confined spaces, Rhonda Massingham Hart presents an ingenious solution for maximizing productivity: grow up! With tepees, trellises, hanging baskets, cages, wall pockets, and multilevel raised beds, you can reap bountiful harvests in even the tiniest growing areas.

Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden

Nikki Jabour
Follow your zany muse and get creative with your vegetable garden! Created by celebrated gardeners, each of the 73 unique designs are accompanied by both plant lists and charming anecdotes.
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The Complete Book of Clean

Toni Hammersley
The follow-up to the bestselling Complete Book of Home Organization, the Complete Book of Clean is a foolproof, eco-friendly guide to cleaning your home.

Zero Waste

Shia Su
Be part of the solution! Implement these small changes at your own pace, and restructure your life to one of sustainable living for your community, your health, and the earth that sustains you.

101 Ways to Go Zero Waste (audio)

Kathryn Kellogg
This is a practical, friendly blueprint of realistic lifestyle changes for anyone who wants to reduce their waste.
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Less Stuff (audio)

Lindsay Miles
Decluttering is great for our mental wellbeing, and when done right, it can be good for the planet too.

Fix It, Make It, Grow It, Bake It

Billee Sharp, Anneli Rufus
From the radical common sense introduction to the practical how-tos and yummy recipes, Fix It, Make It, Grow It, Bake It is a step-by-step handbook to revolutionizing spending habits and reclaiming quality of life in the process.

Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

Beth Terry
Both a practical guide and the story of a personal journey from helplessness to empowerment, Plastic-Free is a must-read for those concerned about the ongoing health and happiness of themselves, their children, and the planet.

Household Cleaning

Rachelle Strauss
You'll be pleasantly surprised to discover that your kitchen cupboard already stocks the alternative supplies you'll need to transform your home into a clean, safe, and fresh-smelling haven. Turn a chore into a pleasure and discover a whole new way to clean!

Make It Last: Sustainably and Affordably Preserving What We Love

Raleigh Briggs
This hand drawn and illustrated guide teaches you how to extend the lives of the things you love by repairing clothing, preserving homegrown food, and even repairing your kitchen sink.

How to Fix Absolutely Anything
From changing lightbulbs to fixing a kitchen cabinet hinge, How to Fix Absolutely Anything is a collection of the most indispensable advice and tips from people across the world who face the same problems you do.

Outsmart Waste

Tom Szaky
Our garbage has become a massive and exponentially growing problem in modern society. Eco-entrepreneur Tom Szaky explores why this crisis exists and explains how we can solve it by eliminating the very idea of garbage.

Green Cleaning: The Eco-Friendly Way to Clean

Mark Zocchi
With recipes for your own detergents and tips for every odd job, this book will help you clean more effectively and efficiently in an environmentally friendly way.

Sustainable Homebrewing

Amelia Slayton Loftus
In this comprehensive guide, Amelia Slayton Loftus covers everything you need to know to brew at home with organic ingredients, stressing practices that minimize waste and use sustainable resources.
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