Maples, oaks, and elms…they are all beautiful. Read these beautiful children’s books about trees with the students to learn all about them and their importance to the earth. Science books are a wonderful way to learn about the environment.
Children’s Books About Trees
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Preschool Books About Trees
Learn about the parts from the roots to the trunk of a tree with rhyming text in The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward. Children will also learn about the animals who call trees home too.
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall takes us through the seasons of an apple tree right through harvesting the apples for pie.
Britta Teckentrup has some amazing cut-away page books. I’m partial to the one about bees. But, Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Bookis equally as beautiful. We get to see how trees change over the course of a year.
Another die-cut tree book is My Tree and Me: A Book of Seasons by Jo Witek.
As the tree in the book changes during each season, the reader is involved in the process. You will be asked to tap, shake, jiggle and even blow a kiss on each page to make the magic happen in the book in Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson.
Shake, shake and shake some more in Shake the Tree. This is another fun interactive book perfect for circle time.
For another type of interactive book, grab the flashlight and enjoy Secrets of the Apple Tree. Shine the light behind the pages to reveal hidden objects.
There Was a Tree by Rachel Isadora is a cumulative tale highlighting the parts of the tree and the purpose each serves.
Take a look inside a tree in Peek Inside a Tree. Lift-the-flaps to reveal interesting tidbits about trees.
Tree Books for Kindergarten and Up
In Zee Grows a Tree by Elizabeth Rusch, we meet a little Douglas-fir tree.
The seedling emerges on the same morning that Zee is born. Zee and the seedling grow up together on the Christmas tree farm.
This informational picture book teaches all about Douglas-fir trees from nutrients to windburn alongside a story about a girl and her tree growing up together.
Under My Tree by Muriel Tallandier & Mizuho Fujisawa is the story of a young girl who visits her grandmother and finds a special tree. She explores the tree and notices all sorts of things about it through the changing seasons. After reading, young children will want to go and find “their” tree and observe all the things that make it special. Because trees are truly magical.
Trees are important to families all across the world. We get to see two families plant trees in We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow and see the importance of them to each family.
Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli is based on the work of Wangari Muta Maathai who was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. This amazing woman worked to pull together people in the country of Kenya together planting one tree at a time for food, shelter, and a better sustainable life.
Follow the journey of an apple on an apple tree in The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons.
The Magic and Mystery of Trees by Jen Green is a detailed look at trees from the roots all the way to the tip top most branch.
Trees can live to be hundreds of years old. Travel through time with a tree in The Big Tree by Bruce Hiscock.
One day I will make it out west to see the gorgeous Redwood trees. The next best thing than going is reading all about them in Redwoods by Jason Chin.
Trees: A Rooted History by Piotr Socha is a stunning oversized book highlighting the history of trees. There is so much to look at and read in this book. It’s one you can come back to over and over again and makes for a great book to explore one one one or with a small group.
Losing and Saving Trees
Imagine loving trees so much that you climb up one and stay there for a very long time to make a point about the importance of saving them. That is just what happens in Luna & Me by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw.
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry is a classic book about the importance of taking care of the rainforest. As a young man snoozes under the Kapok tree, the forest speaks to him about saving their environment.
Farewell to Shady Glade by Bill Peet is the tale of a group of animals driven from their home due to construction and deforestation. The animals travel on top of a train across various landscapes until they land in their new home.
Sometimes we lose trees to natural disasters. Big Tree Down! by Laurie Lawlor is the story of a community coming together to attend to a tree struck by lightning and the planting of a new sapling in its place.
Books About Leaves
Of course, trees have leaves. Check out our whole list dedicated just to leaves.—>Books About Leaves for Preschoolers
Printable Tree Book List
Grab a printable copy of the book list to enjoy at the library.
So, what is your favorite type of tree?