The Johns Island Bookshelf has books we recommend covering conservation, wildlife, natural habitat and local history. These books are available through (prices subject to change). If you purchase through our links here, you will be helping the Johns Island Conservancy.

Best Books
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The World of the Salt Marsh: Appreciating and Protecting the Tidal Marshes of the Southeastern Atlantic Coast, $19.30 (2012)

Johns Island native Charles Seabrook writes of the poetry, ecology and people of our salt marshes.   His readable account↓ Read More ...

A Place Called St. John’s, $35 (1998) By Elizabeth H. Stringfellow and Laylon Wayne Jordan.  The Story of John’s, Edisto, Wadmalaw, Kiawah, and Seabrook Islands of South Carolina.   This is literally “the book” for anyone who wants to learn↓ Read More ...

The Story of Sea Island Cotton, $22.87 (2005)

By Richard Porcher and Sarah Fick. The cotton grown on the sea islands of the Carolina Lowcountry in the 18th century was the finest cotton ever produced.   This strain of cotton↓ Read More ...

The Bottlenose Dolphin: Biology and Conservation, $25.51 (2000) by John E. Reynolds, Randall S. Wells and Samantha D. Eide A well written text book type publication suitable for use in an academic course.    The book is very readable and↓ Read More ...

Recent Books
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To Touch a Wild Dolphin: A Journey of Discovery with the Sea’s Most Intelligent Creatures $13.98 (2001)

Rachel Smolker’s influential narrative of her time in Shark Bay in Western Australia in the 1980’s.   An inspiration for many of today’s young dolphin researchers.

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