Best Books on Trees
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From books for young readers and adults to children's books... we've got you covered with our specially curated list of the best books on trees!
1. Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness by Dr. Qing Li
A book on the Japanese art and science of how trees can improve our health and happiness. This is a must read!
2. The Man Who Planted Trees: A Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the Planet by Jim Robbins
A story of David Milarch's journey to clone the largest trees on the earth in order to save the plant's forests and ecosystem.
3. Meetings with Remarkable Trees by Thomas Pakenham
A wonderfully whimsical book of tree portraits compiled based on their "Tree Personalities," Natives, Travelers, Shrines, Fantasies, and Survivors.
4. The Whisper of a Million Leaves by Beatrice Haverich
Beatrice Haverich, a photographer, views trees as survivors. Her portraits of trees in this book observe their state among cityscapes, after storms, in abandonment and she recognizes how they persist, even still.
5. Tree Stories: A Collection of Extraordinary Encounters Edited by Warren David Jacobs and Karen I. Shragg
6. The Wild Muir: Twenty-Two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures by Lee Stetson
Some of John Muir's best writing. "From the famous avalanche ride off the rim of Yosemite Valley to his night spent weathering a windstorm at the top of a tree to death-defying falls on Alaskan glaciers, the renowned outdoorsman’s exploits are related in passages that are by turns exhilarating, unnerving, dizzying, and outrageous."
7. The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America by Douglas Brinkley
This epic biography details the life and legacy of our 26th President of the United States of America, Theodore Roosevelt. This great American leader championed conservation, working tirelessly and without apology to reclaim and protect America's land, natural resources, and wildlife. He is responsible for saving some of our countries most valued assets, including many National Parks.
8. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
A story taking place in the early 1900s. The idea behind this book is to live with tenacity, to have and show determination during even the most difficult circumstances. An analogy, if you will, of fighting for survival, fighting for basic necessities of life such as sun and air. This book is not directly about trees or nature but rather an excellent book to read for encouragement and growth. This book is listed as a PBS Great American Read Top 100 pick.
9. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World by Peter Wohleben
This New York Times bestseller takes scientific evidence to show how trees are like humans, they live as parents with their children, communicate and support one another.
10. Thoreau and the Language of Trees by Richard Higgins
Thoreau and the Language of Trees is an exploration of Henry Thoreau's deep connection to trees. Thoreau credits a large majority of his inspiration when writing to his most creative muse, trees! "When Thoreau wrote that the poet loves the pine tree as his own shadow in the air, he was speaking about himself. In short, he spoke their language."
11. Tree Soldier: A Children's Book About the Value of Family by Sarah M. Flores, Illustrated by Maksym Stasiuk
An enchanting tale of Billy and a tree that changes his perspective on happiness.
12. Poetrees by Douglas Florian
Douglas Florian wrote and illustrated this whimsical book of tree poems that both describes and visualizes the "incredible heights and shapes of the trees."
13. Bertolt by Jacques Goldstyn
A book about a boy and his best friend, an oak tree named Bertolt. This is a deeply felt book about "loss, sorrow, and acceptance."
14. The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry
This true story of a green activist named Kate Sessions is wonderfully illustrated and details just what it takes to use your talents and follow your dreams!
15. Maple by Lori Nichols
"Lori Nichols’ enchanting debut features an irresistible, free-spirited, nature-loving little girl who greets the changing seasons and a new sibling with arms wide open."
16. Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer, Adam Schaefer, Illustrated by Frann Preston -Gannon
"Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower. Enchanting die-cuts illustrate the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem in this magical book. Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life. An acorn is just the beginning."
17. The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-Ups by Gina Ingoglia
This guide will answer all of your children's questions (and even some of your own) about 33 different trees that are native to North America.
18. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
A book for readers of all ages, Shel Silverstein's way with words and delicate illustrations teach the simple lesson of giving without expecting anything in return.
19. The Lorax by Dr. Suess
This book is a total classic! Fun and brightly illustrated, this book details the importance of appreciating our natural resources and highlights just how critical it is to replenish them.
20. A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry, Illustrated by Marc Simont
This Caldecott Medal winner tells a "...classic tale about the beauty of the everyday world. Simont's watercolors perfectly complement the poetic simplicity of the text, allowing the reader room to engage in his or her own imaginative embroiderings about trees."
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