15 Terrific Picture Books About Trees
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Whether you’re studying trees, leaves, or life in the forest, this collection of picture books about trees is the perfect place to start your lessons.
This collection of picture books about trees includes both fiction and nonfiction selections. Kids will learn about the life cycle of trees, how trees change with the seasons, animals that live in and around trees, and more.
Picture Books About Trees
Fill your book basket with a great collection of picture books about trees. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore. If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them on Amazon by clicking the images below.
A Grand Old Tree | Once there was a grand old tree, whose roots sank deep into the earth and whose arms reached high into the sky. Every spring the grand old tree flowered and bore cherries for the squirrels and birds that made their homes in her leafy branches. And every year, seeds from the tree scattered in the wind, along with many millions of leaves.
A Tree is a Plant | Did you know that a tree is the biggest plant that grows? How does a tree get the food it needs? What happens to trees in the winter? Read and find out about an apple tree’s life cycle through every season.
One Small Place in a Tree | Stop. Observe. Explore your natural world. If you look closely enough, you will surely find . . . one small place that is home for something.
The Big Tree | Follows the development of a large old maple tree from its growth from a seed during the American Revolution to its maturity in the late twentieth century.
This is the Tree | A lyrical, poetic, and informative look at life on the African Plain, and the lives which surround the Baobob tree.
A Log’s Life | The informative, lyrical text is complemented by stunning, three-dimensional paper sculptures that showcase the forest ecosystem, inspiring readers to take a close look at the trees — and logs — in their own backyards.
Little Tree | Autumn arrives, and with it the cool winds that ruffle Little Tree’s leaves. One by one the other trees drop their leaves, facing the cold of winter head on. But not Little Tree—he hugs his leaves as tightly as he can. Year after year Little Tree remains unchanged, despite words of encouragement from a squirrel, a fawn, and a fox, his leaves having long since turned brown and withered. As Little Tree sits in the shadow of the other trees, now grown sturdy and tall as though to touch the sun, he remembers when they were all the same size. And he knows he has an important decision to make.
The Bee Tree | When Mary Ellen gets bored with her reading, Grandpa knows a hunt for a bee tree is just what she needs. Half the town joins the exciting chase, but it’s not until everyone returns home that Mary Ellen makes a discovery of her own: Sometimes, even the sweetest of things must be worked for.
I Can Name 50 Trees Today! | While stopping to admire some of the world’s most amazing trees, the Cat and Co. teach beginning readers how to identify different species from the shape of their crowns, leaves, lobes, seeds, bark, and fruit. Kids will learn about many trees common to North America.
The Busy Tree | Acorns nibbled by chipmunks, ants scurrying across a trunk, a spider spinning a web, leaves “breathing out air for all to breathe in”—everything adds up to a “busy tree” for all to “come and see.”
In My Tree | Turn the colorful die-cut pages of this irresistible board book to discover just what makes little owl’s tree so cozy. Is it little owl’s sturdy branch and snuggly roost? No, it’s his loving family!
The Oak Inside the Acorn | It was hard for Little Acorn to believe he would ever be a big, strong oak tree. Soon Little Acorn grew into Little Oak. But now what was he to do? He couldn’t grow oranges like the orange tree or flowers like the rose bush. He just grew and grew until he became Big Oak, and his branches were big and strong-but still he didn’t know what he was to do. Then one day Big Oak found that his strong branches were just right for a very special purpose.
Tree | Through a hole in the book’s cover, an owl invites you inside to meet a majestic tree and all its forest inhabitants during the changing seasons. With clever peekaboo holes throughout, each page reveals a new set of animals playing and living in the tree—baby bears frolicking in the spring, bees buzzing around apples in the summer, squirrels storing nuts in the fall, and finally the lone owl keeping warm during the winter chill—until another year begins. . . .
A Tree for All Seasons | Observing a maple tree over time, children get a clear picture of what trees do and how seasons change. Simple text accompanied by beautiful photographs.
A Tree is Nice | Trees are beautiful. They fill up the sky. If you have a tree, you can climb up its trunk, roll in its leaves, or hang a swing from one of its limbs. Cows and babies can nap in the shade of a tree. Birds can make nests in the branches. A tree is good to have around. A tree is nice.
Which of these picture books about trees is your child’s favorite?