Tree Cheers!

Celebrate Trees with These Great Books

tree books for kids

Don’t you just love trees?!  I love them because they are BIG and quiet.  I love them for their variety.  I love them because they give us so much like oxygen, shade, and fun.

What do I do when I really love something?  I force it on my kids in the form of picture books!  These books are beautifully written and illustrated and in all honesty my kids enjoyed them too.  Moms have to pick the books sometimes.  After all we deserve to be entertained occasionally and If we just read what the kids pick then we would be reading, in my case Star Wars books every night.

The books…  

  1. Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins and illustrated by Jill McElmurry is a wonderful new picture book biography about Katherine Sessions who transformed San Diego with her passion for trees.  I just love the cover illustration and this book has made me very interested in learning more about drought resistant trees.
  2. Next is Celebritrees by Margi Preus and illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon.  This book shares some very interesting tidbits about some very old trees.  Did you know some trees are thousands of years old?  If only they could talk!
  3. The Grand Old Tree by Mary Newell Depalma is a beautifully painted poem like story about the life of a cherry tree which manages to be full of feeling and fun at the same time.
  4. A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry and illustrated by Marc Simont is a Caldecott winning classic that runs through a child’s list of all the ways a tree is nice.  This book is a great reminder!
  5. Have you every planted a tree?  In Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, Lois Ehlert recalls her experience planting a sugar maple.  This would be a great one to read if you were going to plant a tree in your yard!  I love her simple writing and collage illustrations.

And here’s a few more…

Shel Silverstein’s classic The Giving Tree, Poetrees by Douglas Florian which I shared in this post, A Forest of Stories (we love Barefoot Books) and Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson which reminds me of Herve Tullet’s Press Here!

Help me add to this list and share your favorite books about trees!



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  1. Great list Ann! I am totally with you on the love for trees. I used to sit under the trees and just watch the sway of the branches and leaves when I was younger. In fact, truth be told, I just did the same thing with my kids over the weekend! lol Thanks for joining us in the Kid Lit Blog Hop once again – great recommendations. :-)
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  2. Really awesome list! I just got the Tree Lady and hoping to read it soon! And I am like you.. if i really like a subject I tend to grab picture books around the subject and read it with DD!:)
    thanks for sharing on Kid Lit Blog Hop!
    -Reshama @ Stackingbooks
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