Can our minds heal in the same way that our natural environment can, especially in times of tragedy? Let’s find out with the aid of these books that can “re-wild” us.

“Once There Were Wolves” by Charlotte McConaghy
In the story, biologist Inti Flynn journeys to the highlands with her traumatized twin sister, 14 grey wolves, and other animals. Inti believes that by returning the wolves to their natural habitat, she will also be able to help Aggie get over the horrific events that forced them both to leave Alaska.

“Birdgirl” by Mya-Rose Craig
The narrative emphasizes how each observation of a bird is a step in the author’s journey to finding her own voice and in the difficult path her family has been through. The thrill of finding each new bird gives her a “moment of peace” despite her mother’s worsening mental health.

“The Great British Tree” by Mark Hooper
Almost all civilizations have used the oak as a symbol of strength. According to Hooper, the Representation of the People Act was honored by planting the Suffrage Oak in Glasgow in 1918, which was the first step toward gaining women the right to vote in Great Britain.

Even if we don’t all experience the need to relocate into the woods, we may all experience this sense of wonder and significance in nature because of the renewal and hope it seems to give us every spring and summer.