Inspiring, Informative Children’s Books About Trees

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Have you ever adopted a tree and watched it through the seasons? Kids love watching trees. This is even more meaningful when they learn about trees. Take a peek at these inspiring and informative children’s books about trees. Read them with your kids. I hope these give your children new eyes in which to view our natural world.

Inspiring and Informative Children’s Books About Trees

TREE Nature Celebration With Earth Day Books
 Tree: A Peek Through Book by Britta Teckentrup
The tree stands tall throughout the seasons. Each of the tree’s changes brings new peek through illustrations of animals and bugs in it’s foliage until it snows. I love the bright illustrations and peek-throughs and so will your kids.

 

Humorous New Picture Books 2018
Shake the Tree!
by Chiara Vignocchi, Paolo Chiarinotti, and Silvia Borando
Mouse spots a nut high in the tree so she shakes the tree (readers get to help) and what should fall out but a fox…who wants to eat the mouse… Mouse scurries back up the tree. The fox (and you the reader) shakes the tree left and right but what should fall out — a warthog? Ut-oh! The fox runs back up the tree. The warthog shakes the tree and a bear falls out so the warthog runs back up the tree. Your kids will think this is hilarious. And because the bear is so strong, when he shakes the tree, everyone falls out. Will he gobble them up? Read it to find out.

 

The Tree Lady Exceptional Nonfiction Books for Kids
Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever
by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry
Kate Sessions helped plant San Diego with a variety of trees that would grow in the city’s climate. She worked hard to make sure that by the World’s Fair, there were enough trees for shade that the attendees wouldn’t be too hot. Beautifully written and illustrated!


The Things That I LOVE about Tree
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by Chris Butterworth, illustrated by Charlotte Voake
What do I love about this oversized picture book? I love Charlotte Voake’s gorgeous illustrations, Chris Butterworth’s celebration of trees, the big text size of the descriptive thing to love about trees, and the smaller text size for the factual information. Bigger narrative text like, “Summer trees are shady and so full of leaves that when the wind blows, they swish like the sea.” And smaller factual text like, “Leaves use the sunshine to make food that the tree needs so that it can grow.” Fabulous descriptive text make this book a good choice for teaching children about using sensory images and figurative language.


Tree of Life: The World of the African Baobab
by Barbara Bash
I love the illustrations in this beautiful book about one of the world’s most interesting trees, the baobab. (I also like to just say the word!) Learn about the habitat, the savannah, where the tree lives as well as the animals who live in and around it.


Trees
by Verlie Hutchens, illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
Playful personification poems of different tree species will appeal to readers as they get to know trees in a different way. “Aspen, tall and graceful, dances on her tippy toes. Her golden leaves like castanets shimmer in the breeze.” Textured illustrations accompany each poem, capturing further the character of each tree from Sycamore to Willow. Amazing.

 

Strange Trees and the Stories Behind Them
Strange Trees
by Bernadette Porquie, illustrated by Cecile Gambini
The trees in this oversized book are absolutely fascinating. It’s a good choice for upper elementary aged kids. I’m glad there’s a map because I would love to travel the world to see trees such as a breadfruit tree, rainbow tree, and a chewing gum tree, among others. The illustrations and borders are eye-catching and gorgeous.

 

Tree of Wonder
Tree of Wonder: The Many Marvelous Lives of a Rainforest Tree
by Kate Messner, illustrated by Simona Mulazzani
Warm illustrations meet beautiful writing in this new picture book about the warm-wet rainforest. Count along as you learn about rainforest animals and plants. Count 6 roaring howler monkeys, 62 agoutis, or 512 Rusty Wandering Spiders. It’s a beautiful book with just the perfect amount of text (not too much).

 


The Family Tree
by David McPhail
The pioneer family clear land for a house, leaving one big tree. Years pass and generations grow. But when highway workers want to chop down the big tree, it’s up to the great-great-great grandson and his forest animals to guard the tree. I’m a McPhail fan anyway and this is a great story about protecting the environment with lovely earth-toned illustrations.

 

Lovely Picture Books About Friendships
The Forever Tree
by Teresa Surratt and Donna Lukas, illustrated by Nicola Slater
You’ll fall in love with the spirited animals who live in this tree and the loving family they share it with. When Grandfather puts up a swing, the animals at first are worried but not for long. The swing begins a beautiful relationship of family gatherings near the tree. When the tree dies, as trees do, builders give it a second life — it becomes a treehouse.

 

Oak Tree
As an Oak Tree Grows
by G. Brian Karas
Follow the changes surrounding the oak tree who is planted by a boy in 1775. By 1850  the oak tree is surrounded by a farm and buildings in the distance. By 1950 there are more houses, cars, and electrical wires. When it’s 200 years old it’s a leafy home for many animals, birds, and insects. And then a lightning bolt hits the tree and kills it. It’s cut down. Next to the stump, a new oak tree grows. I love the illustrations and the glimpses into how much the world changed over 200 years. Beautiful!

 


Trees, Leaves and Bark
by Diane L. Burns, illustrated by Linda Garrow
Each tree is illustrated and identified. Accompanying information tells readers about the tree’s lifespan, bark, leaves, and seeds. You’ll read about trees like Aspen, Willow, Cottonwood, Maple, Oak, Douglas Fir, and others. These trees seem to be all the trees we typically have here in Colorado but I’d check to see if this book fits for your surrounding area.

 


Wangari’s Trees of Peace
by Jeannette Winter
Based on the true story of Wangari Maathai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, read how Wangari helped her country of Kenya whose forests were destroyed while she lived abroad. She started planting trees, starting a movement that encouraged others to plant trees as well. Also read: Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson.

 


Under My Tree
by Muriel Tallandier & Mizuho Fujisawa
A girl finds a tree and grows to love its many qualities throughout the different seasons. Parents, besides the story, you’ll also enjoy reading the questions and interactive “Try This” prompts with your kids; prompts like “Run your fingers over the trunk of a tree. Does it feel rough and scratchy? Or is it soft and smooth? Bark is a kind of skin that protects the tree.” Age-appropriate and lovely.

amazing books for kids about trees

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4 Responses

  1. Love this post! Here’s another recent addition, STRETCH TO THE SUN: FROM A TINY SPROUT TO THE TALLEST TREE ON EARTH by me 🙂 Carrie A. Pearson, illustrated by Susan Swan, and published by Charlesbridge October 2018.

    1. ooooh, I’m so excited to know about your book! Thanks for the tips. Off to the library I go. 🙂

  2. Redwoods by Jason Chin is another good tree book!

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