Ready for sunny spring to get here already? So are green authors, whose new eco-minded books hit the shelves in April. Here are books to read and learn from as the weather gets warmer:

>> For the foodie cook on a budget: The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove by Cathy Erway. Written by a Brooklynite who banned restaurants from her life for two years, The Art of Eating In sounds like a great read for anyone trying to eat more healthfully and sustainably — while saving money. GOOD has an interview with Cathy, who says her top reason for eating in is “being able to choose your ingredients wisely, having a greater consciousness about your food, where it came from, whether that’s organic, free-range, or pesticide-free.” Cathy’s book is available now; she blogs at Not Eating Out in New York.

>> For the do-gooder with wanderlust: Ecotourists Save the World: The Environmental Volunteer’s Guide to More Than 300 International Adventures to Conserve, Preserve, and Rehabilitate Wildlife and Habitats by Pamela K. Brodowsky. Want a vacation that really makes a difference for the environment? Read Pamela’s book for ideas. In an interview with Sierra Club’s blog The Green Life, Pamela says her favorite program is the red wolf program at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in Pea Island, N.C. : “It’s not necessarily meant for people with a family, but they can provide you with a cabin and you can do a three-month stint and learn about the wolves.” Her book hits bookstores April 6.

>> For the crafty bibliophile: Playing With Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book by Jason Thompson. Always wanted to turn books into craft projects? Learn how from Jason, who writes the Rag & Bone blog. For a preview, check out an adapted excerpt from the book at Re-Nest to learn how to make postcards from vintage books. Jason’s book will be in stores April 1.

Green reads for spring
Three new books will inspire you to eat in, travel green -- and upcycle those books once you're done reading them.