Here are some lovely books to teach children about trees. Unfortunately, not many publishers print on recycled paper, and that’s a shame as it’s perfectly possible (research shows nearly all of us would pay a bit more, for books printed this way). There are a few publishers that do so, but not many, as yet. Let’s hope things change soon, as reading a book is better.
Trees are fascinating, and so for children, we don’t want long boring tomes. We want short and punchy books to get children as fascinated about how trees grow, produce food and biodegrade back into the earth – as they are about some computer gaming character.
Stay, Little Seed is a moving tale of letting go. Beyond the hill where the tree lives, lies Who Knows Where. Every year when the wind blows, the tree’s seeds sail to this mysterious place – until the day that an especially tiny seed decides to remain on the branch. At first, the tree feels the seed should leave. If it doesn’t, it will never grow roots of its own. But the tree also feels lonely. This strikingly illustrated picture book celebrates the rhythms of the natural world.
Tree Beings is a beautiful book that takes a fresh look at trees. Beautifully illustrated, learn how we depend on trees for survival, yet often rarely understand just how fascinating these beings are. With a foreword by anthropologist Jane Goodall, the book takes you on an adventure to challenge the perception that trees are just ‘silent statues’, meet scientists and explorers who uncover the mysteries of the world’s oldest living things. Meet a woman who spent 2 years living in a tree to stop logging and the Kenyan who planted millions of trees. Learn how trees ‘talk’ and why they are our best allies to prevent climate change.
Can You Hear The Trees Talking? is a children’s version of Peter Wohlleben’s classic guide The Hidden Life of Trees. With quizzes, colour photos and fun facts, children will learn that trees have parents (and grandparent trees get wrinkles), tree children go to school (for hundreds of years) and that if sick, we can help trees to get better.
The Tree Lady is the illustrated true story of Kate Sessions, who over 100 years ago, arrived in the dry desert town of San Diego in California, to become a teacher. Sad that there were no trees, she used her science degree to transform the place into a green oasis paradise ‘garden city’.
A Little Guide to Trees is a sweet illustrated book to different kinds of trees. Children will learn why pine needles drop their leaves in winter, how the monkey puzzle tree got its name and what type of tree Robin Hood’s bow came from. They will also learn how trees give us shade and oxygen.