Posted by: nancyisanders | April 2, 2021

Let’s Celebrate Earth Day with Some of My Favorite Books About Trees!

I love trees! And I love hanging out with these amazing creatives who have published some of my favorite KidLit books on trees!

Earth Day 2021 is April 22 and it’s just around the corner. There’s just enough time to order these books in at your local library or purchase them from your favorite online or local bookstore. Let’s share these treasures with the littles in our life and nurture a love for trees!

  • A Leaf Can Be…by Laura Purdie Salas. Art by Violeta Dabija
    • With soft illustrations and a simple poetic feel, young readers will be inspired to think of leaves and trees in meaningful ways.
  • A Swinger of Birches: Poems of Robert Frost for Young People. Art by Peter Koeppen
    • A wonderful way to introduce the joy of trees to children through the eyes and voice of Robert Frost. Beautifully illustrated.
  • A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry. Art by Marc Simont
    • From climbing its branches to sitting under its shade, this award-winning classic reminds readers of all the wonderful ways a tree is nice.
  • Almost Time by Gary D. Schmidt and Elizabeth Stickney. Art by G. Brian Karas
    • Sweet story of Ethan waiting for spring to arrive (and his loose tooth to fall out!) so the sap will run and he can have maple syrup on his pancakes once again.
  • Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer. Art by Frann Preston-Gannon
    • With lovely art and simple text, this beautiful book demonstrates the magnificent result of little acts in nature such as how a tree can grow…just because an acorn falls to the ground.
  • Maple by Lori Nichols
    • A sweet and refreshing book about a little girl who is named for a tree that is planted in honor of her birth…and the arrival of a baby sister who continues the wonderful tradition in their family who loves trees.
  • Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman. Art by Pamela Zagarenski
    • The joy and poetry of celebrating trees (and nature) all through the year in the rich palette of colors they provide.
  • The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and our National Parks by Barb Rosenstock. Art by Mordicai Gerstein
    • This rollicking good fun read tells the story of how Yosemite National Park and the preservation of the giant sequoias came to be.
  • The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins. Art by Jill McElmurry.
    • This true story tells how one woman transformed a desert-like community into an oasis of trees because of her love of trees.
  • The Very Oldest Pear Tree by Nancy I. Sanders. Art by Yas Imamura
    • The exciting history of an amazing tree…the first pear tree that was ever planted in America and is still alive and strong at nearly 400 years old today. Beautifully illustrated.
  • Trees Make Perfect Pets by Paul Czajak. Art by Cathy Gendron
    • This delightful story will inspire every child to grow a tree of their own. Why?! Because a tree makes a perfect pet, of course!
  • Who Will Plant a Tree? By Jerry Pallotta. Art by Tom Leonard
    • From an owl coughing up an owl pellet and an elm tree growing to ants carrying a pine nut into their tunnel and planting a pine tree, this engaging book demonstrates a variety of ways seeds are planted and trees grow.
  • 1,000 Things in Nature by Usborne. Art by Mar Ferrero
    • With sturdy board pages and a thousand labeled illustrations, young readers will identify lots of trees as well as fruits, leaves, seeds, and other natural wonders.

Love these KidLit authors and illustrators! Love these books! Which books about trees are your favorites? I’d love to add more to my list.

@laurapsalas @violeta.dabija.illustrator @lorinicholsbook @joycesidman @sacredbee @brosenstock @jillmcelmurry @yas.illustration @paulczajak @cathgendron @jerrypallotta

#earthday #earthdayeveryday #earthday2021 #trees #treestreestrees #treeslover


  1. What a great list! Thanks for sharing, Nancy. I do love trees!!!

    • It’s so wonderful to know you like trees too!

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