Best Children's Books About Trees

65 Children's Books About Trees

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree book
#1
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
Written by Robert Barry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree is so tall that he has to cut the top off, he unwittingly provides trees for various people and animals.

Stuck book
#2
Stuck
Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From the illustrator of the #1 smash The Day the Crayons Quit comes another bestseller–a giggle-inducing tale of everything tossed, thrown, and hurled in order to free a kite! When Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, he’s determined to get it out. But how? Well, by knocking it down with his shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it too gets stuck. And the only logical course of action . . . is to throw his other shoe. Only now it’s stuck! Surely there must be something he can use to get his kite unstuck. An orangutan? A boat? His front door? Yes, yes, and yes. And that’s only the beginning. Stuck is Oliver Jeffers’ most absurdly funny story since The Incredible Book-Eating Boy. Childlike in concept and vibrantly illustrated as only Oliver Jeffers could, here is a picture book worth rescuing from any tree.

Oliver's Tree book
#3
Oliver's Tree
Written and illustrated by Kit Chase
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A board book about three adorable best friends! Oliver, Charlie, and Lulu love to play outside together. Their favorite game is hide-and-seek, but it’s not fun for Oliver when his friends hide in the trees—he can’t reach them! So the friends set off to find a tree that Oliver can play in. But there’s a reason we don’t see elephants in trees, and just when Oliver is ready to give up the search, Charlie and Lulu surprise him with the perfect tree for them all to play in together!

Little Blue Truck's Christmas book
#4
Little Blue Truck's Christmas
Written by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Jill McElmurry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

"Little Blue Truck is spreading cheer by delivering Christmas trees to his animal friends. Can you help count each green tree?"--

Owl & Friends book
#5
Owl & Friends
Written and illustrated by Joyce Wan
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

I play with the squirrels, sing with the birds, and have a picnic with the deer. What am I? Children are asked to figure out just who does all these things in this delightful, bright board book. By opening the gatefold at the end, they discover it's a big, strong tree.

Maple book
#6
Maple
Written and illustrated by Lori Nichols
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Lori Nichols’ enchanting debut features an irresistible, free-spirited, nature-loving little girl who greets the changing seasons and a new sibling with arms wide open. When Maple is tiny, her parents plant a maple tree in her honor. She and her tree grow up together, and even though a tree doesn’t always make an ideal playmate, it doesn’t mind when Maple is in the mood to be loud—which is often. Then Maple becomes a big sister, and finds that babies have their loud days, too. Fortunately, Maple and her beloved tree know just what the baby needs.

Maple & Willow's Christmas Tree book
#7
Maple & Willow's Christmas Tree
Written and illustrated by Lori Nichols
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Lori Nichols’s delightful book celebrates the bond of two nature-loving sisters, and their ability to find fantastic kid-powered solutions to any problem—and it will give allergy sufferers an extra reason to celebrate. Maple and Willow love trees—and now they are getting their first real Christmas tree. It is going to be the best Christmas ever! After a snowy expedition to pick out the perfect tree, it’s time to decorate. But whenever Maple gets near the tree, she starts sniffling and sneezing. Could she really be allergic to the perfect Christmas tree? And if so, how will the girls find a way to make this the best Christmas after all?

Bear Stays Up for Christmas book
#8
Bear Stays Up for Christmas
Written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Bear's friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up--by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents!

Up in the Leaves book
#9
Up in the Leaves
Written by Shira Boss and illustrated by Jamey Christoph
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Bob does not like the noisy, crowded streets and school hallways of his New York City home, so he decides to build a tree house in the cool, green calm of Central Park. Includes a note about the real Bob Redman.

Little Acorn book
#10
Little Acorn
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Have you ever wondered what happens when a little acorn becomes a big oak tree? This beautifully illustrated story will delight children and parents alike, and also offers a perfect introduction to the life cycle of trees.

The Christmas Eve Tree book
#11
The Christmas Eve Tree
Written by Delia Huddy and illustrated by Emily Sutton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In a deeply moving story with the hallmarks of a classic, a homeless boy's rescue of a spindly Christmas tree sparks a glimmer of hope that has far-reaching effects. It's late on Christmas Eve, and the little fir tree is the only tree left in the shop. What a poor thing I am, it thinks. But then a young boy enters the store, drawn in from the damp by the warmth and lights and the wonderful smell of Christmas, and he doesn't seem to mind that the scrawny tree isn't tall and straight like the others. . . . This magical story, beautifully illustrated by Emily Sutton, captures an unexpected and unforgettable moment of happiness that brings a whole city together.

The Bad Mood and the Stick book
#12
The Bad Mood and the Stick
Written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

New York Times bestselling author Lemony Snicket sheds light on the way bad moods come and go. Once there was a bad mood and a stick.The stick appeared when a tree dropped it.Where did the bad mood come from?Who picked up the stick?And where is the bad mood off to now?You never know what is going to happen.

Rory the Dinosaur Needs a Christmas Tree book
#13
Rory the Dinosaur Needs a Christmas Tree
Written and illustrated by Liz Climo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Rory the Dinosaur starts to get excited for Christmas, he notices that his island home doesn't exactly have the best trees around for a festive holiday feel. So he and his dad set out to decorate their home the best way they can--but without the perfect tree Rory is worried that Christmas will be ruined! Can Rory and his friends save the spirit of the season? Comic artist Liz Climo looks at the true meaning of the holidays--spending time with friends and having the love and support of your family--even in a place without any snow or evergreens to speak of.

The Forever Tree book
#14
The Forever Tree
Written by Tereasa Surratt, Donna Lukas and illustrated by Nicola Slater
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A fresh twist on Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree based on a real tree in Wisconsin that became something more, this is a timeless story about loss and renewal at home and in nature. “This is a true story about a Tree that grew from something more than water and sunshine. It grew from love.” The animals and humans always knew their tree was special. The trunk was the best place to host championship bingo tournaments, and the branches were perfect for swinging in the shade! But when the tree gets sick, neighbors new and old will have to join forces if they have any chance of saving their treetop home. A touching tale based on the true story of one special tree, and the community that brought it back to life.

Under the Christmas Tree book
#15
Under the Christmas Tree
Written and illustrated by Gabriele Clima
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Invites young readers to prepare for Christmas and the arrival of Santa Claus by sliding the panels in the illustrations to turn on lights, put a letter in an envelope, and otherwise get ready for the big day.

As an Oak Tree Grows book
#16
As an Oak Tree Grows
Written and illustrated by G Brian Karas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

This inventive picture book relays the events of two hundred years from the unique perspective of a magnificent oak tree, showing how much the world can transform from a single vantage point. From 1775 to the present day, this fascinating framing device lets readers watch as human and animal populations shift and the landscape transitions from country to city. Methods of transportation, communication and energy use progress rapidly while other things hardly seem to change at all. This engaging, eye-opening window into history is perfect for budding historians and nature enthusiasts alike, and the time-lapse quality of the detail-packed illustrations will draw readers in as they pore over each spread to spot the changes that come with each new era. A fact-filled poster is included to add to the fun.

My Leaf Book book
#17
My Leaf Book
Written and illustrated by Monica Wellington
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The brilliant colors of fall foliage take center stage in this picture book perfect for fans of the classic Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf.With her trademark bold, graphic style Monica Wellington has created a picture book about autumn, trees, and leaves.aaWhen the seasons change, a young girl visits the arboretum to collect fallen leaves and make a book with them. Brilliant illustrations show each variety of tree the girl encounters, from the common oak to the lesser known gingko.a Spreads silhouetting leaves up-close help young children learn to identify them. Like the girl in the book, young readers will be eager to make their very own leaf books.

Froggy Builds a Tree House book
#18
Froggy Builds a Tree House
Written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Froggy and his friends are building a treehouse-with a lot of help from Dad. Their plans don’t include Frogilina though, “Boys Only!” says Froggy. But in the end, it’s Frogilina who saves the day and joins the treehouse gang. Lovable Froggy returns in his 22nd laugh-out-loud adventure.

Good Night Christmas Tree book
#19
Good Night Christmas Tree
Written by Adam Gamble and illustrated by Mark Jasper
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good Night Christmas Tree highlights Christmas tree farms, trimming the tree, decorating, creating homemade ornaments, Christmas lights, putting presents under the tree, city Christmas trees, country trees, Christmas Eve, Christmas carolers, and more. This charming holiday board book will have young and old jumping for Christmas joy as the tree goes up and ornaments come out. Never stop decorating! This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting themes.

Froggy's Best Christmas book
#20
Froggy's Best Christmas
Written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Froggy has never celebrated Christmas; usually he’s taking his long winter’s nap. But not this year! Froggy’s best friend, Max the beaver, wakes him up to join the fun. Soon, Froggy’s gotten into the swing of things: finding a tree, wrapping presents, singing carols, and enjoying a holiday feast. Join Froggy as he celebrates his very first, and very best, Christmas!

Leaves book
#21
Leaves
Written and illustrated by David Stein
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

This simple, charming story of a young bear’s first autumn is perfectly suited to board book format. Bear is surprised when the leaves start falling off the trees, but when he tries to reattach them, it doesn’t work. Eventually, he gets sleepy, and burrows into the fallen leaves for a long nap. When he wakes up, it’s spring-and there are suddenly brand-new leaves all around, seeming to welcome him. With its childlike main character and graceful illustrations, Leaves is a great way to teach the youngest children about the changing seasons.

Tree book
#22
Tree
Written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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… . Children will love seeing a new set of animals appear and then disappear as each page is turned, and along the way they’ll learn about the seasons and how a forest and its inhabitants change throughout the year.

This Little Snowman book
#23
This Little Snowman
Written by Aly Fronis and illustrated by Migy Blanco
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A fun, Christmas-themed twist on the classic nursery rhyme "This Little Piggy"! This little snowman went to market. This little snowman put up the tree. This little snowman ate candy canes. This little snowman sipped some iced tea. These little snowmen are getting ready for Chistmas! One goes to the market, one puts up the tree, one eats candy canes, and one sips some iced tea. Now they're all ready to deliver cheer and wish you a Merry Christmas!

The Witch Tree Symbol book
#24
The Witch Tree Symbol
Written by Carolyn Keene
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When a neighbor asks Nancy Drew to accompany her to an old uninhabited mansion, a new mystery opens ups, and danger lurks on the second floor. Nancy finds a witch tree symbol that leads her to Pennsylvania Dutch country in pursuit of a cunning and ruthless thief. The friendly welcome the young detective and her friends receive from the Amish people soon changes to hostility when it is rumored that Nancy is a witch! Superstition helps her adversary in his attempt to get her off his trail, but Nancy does not give up. Persistently she uncovers one clue after another. Nancy’s intelligence and sleuthing ability finally lead to the fascinating solution of this puzzling case.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening book
#25
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Written by Robert Frost and illustrated by Susan Jeffers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Ever since it was published in 1978, the picture-book presentation of Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” has been an enduring favorite. For this special edition with a new design, trim size, and three new spreads, Susan Jeffers has added more detail and subtle color to her sweeping backgrounds of frosty New England scenes. There are more animals to find among the trees, and the kindly figure with his “promises to keep” exudes warmth as he stops to appreciate the quiet delights of winter. The handsome new vellum jacket will attract new and old fans as it evokes a frost-covered windowpane. This celebration of a season makes an ideal holiday gift for a child, a teacher, or a host.

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