Happy Arbor Day to you!
Trees are one of the things I am most thankful for. Every time I set out on a walk, my heart is replenished by their beauty and splendor.
Not only that, but they are critically-important to healthy air, water, and soil.
Today I’ve got four new-to-me books to recommend
and links to three dozen favorite tree-titles I’ve reviewed over the years.
…the big, green, animalicious book give-away is still underway
with four beautiful books up for grabs!
See Wednesdays post for the details.
Redwoods, written and illustrated by Jason Chin
published in 2009, a Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press
Jason Chin is an incredibly talented author/illustrator who has crafted a number of my top favorite books. Here he regales us with the stupendous world of the Redwoods.
Everything about them is mind-boggling: their age, their size, the crazy communities which make their homes in these immense dwelling spaces. Chin’s text reveals this sublimely and his artwork is simply a feast for the eyes on every page.
If the world is feeling a bit tawdry just now — here is a quick remedy for the heart, soaring with beauty and wonder. Ages 4 and up.
Trees, poems by Verlie Hutchens, artwork by Jing Jing Tsong
published in 2019 by Beach Lane Books
How can trees not inspire poetry? They are living poetry themselves, soaring with elegance and strength, swaying with grace or furiously thrashing in high winds, rustling with music, singing with color.
Verlie Hutchens’ small poems capture the loveliness of trees. Her sparkling lines are nestled among gorgeous collage prints awash with such a variety of tree textures, hues, and shapes, from gangly palm to the “ermine robes” of the birch.
It’s a lovely gem for all ages.
Next up, two informative books exploring trees from many angles:
The Magic & Mystery of Trees, written by Jen Green, illustrated by Claire McElfatrick
published in 2019 by DK, Penguin Random House
Nature All Around: Trees, written by Pamela Hickman, illustrated by Carolyn Gavin
published in 2019 by Kids Can Press
Both of them teach us about these generous giants in beautifully-illustrated page spreads peppered with fascinating facts.
Learn about parts of trees, the seasonal changes a tree undergoes, the rich resources provided by trees, the many different kinds of trees, and oodles more!
The Magic & Mystery of Trees takes a global perspective while Nature All Around focuses on the U.S. and Canada. Both are juicy titles presenting cool facts in tantalizing ways. Ages 7 and up.
Now here are some favorites from past posts.
Click on the title to find my review.
The Boy Who Grew a Forest
Celebritrees: Historic and Famous Trees of the World
The Peace Tree from Hiroshima
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever
Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees
Audrey’s Tree House
The Better Tree Fort
Everything You Need for a Treehouse
Secret Tree Fort
The Tree House
Tree Houses: Fairy Castles in the Air
Up in the Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses
Trees in Fiction