Like how our natural environment can recover, can our minds too, especially during a time of crisis or tragedy? Let’s find out with the help of these books that can “re-wild” us.

“Once There Were Wolves” by Charlotte McConaghy
In the story, biologist Inti Flynn travels to the highlands with her traumatized twin sister, 14 grey wolves, and other animals. Inti hopes that by returning the wolves to their native environment, she will also be able to aid Aggie in recovering from the terrible circumstances that led to their forced departure from Alaska.

“Birdgirl” by Mya-Rose Craig
The memoir highlights how each observation of a bird is a step toward the author discovering her own voice as well as a step in the difficult path her family has endured. The excitement of discovering each new bird is a “moment of peace” for her amid her mother’s escalating mental health issue.

“The Great British Tree” by Mark Hooper
The oak is a symbol of strength in practically all civilizations. According to Hooper, the Suffrage Oak was planted in Glasgow in 1918 to commemorate the passage of the Representation of the People Act, which was the first step toward granting women the right to vote in Great Britain. There are instances where trees have aided in the formation or symbolism of concepts.

We may all discover this sense of wonder and significance in nature, even if we don’t all feel the impulse to move into the wilderness. Not only because of our relationship with it, but also because of the sense of regeneration and hope it appears to provide us every spring and summer.