Lab Girl Read-Alikes

These books share similar themes with Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren


The Challenge for Africa, by Wangari Maathai

Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness, by Qing Li

Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly

The Hidden Forest, by Jon R. Luoma

The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben (for another perspective, see this article from the Ecological Society of America)

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, by Florence Williams

Replenishing the Earth, by Wangari Maathai

The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World, by Sarah Stewart Johnson

The Soul of an Octopus, by Sy Montgomery

The Story of More, by Hope Jahren

The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter, by Colin Tudge

Unbowed: A Memoir, by Wangari Maathai


The Man Who Planted Trees, by Jean Giono

The Overstory, by Richard Powers

Teen Nonfiction

Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists, by Jeannine Atkins

Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World, by Rachel Swaby

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, by Rachel Ignotofsky

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History, by Sam Maggs

Teen Fiction

Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Youth Nonfiction

The Leaf Detective: How Margaret Lowman Uncovered Secrets in the Rainforest, by Heather Lang

Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story, by Suzanne Slade

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World, by Laurie Lawlor

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever, by H. Joseph Hopkins

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees, by Franck Prevot

Youth Fiction

Growing Trees, by Judith Bauer Stamper

The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss

Maple, by Lori Nichols

We Planted a Tree, by Diane E. Muldrow

Who Will Plant a Tree?, by Jerry Pallotta