Best Kids Books About Trees

50 Kids 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.

Little Blue Truck's Christmas book
#3
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?"--

Maple & Willow's Christmas Tree book
#4
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?

Maple book
#5
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.

Up in the Leaves book
#6
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.

Froggy Builds a Tree House book
#7
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.

Under the Christmas Tree book
#8
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.

The Bad Mood and the Stick book
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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.

Edgar and the Treehouse of Usher book
#12
Edgar and the Treehouse of Usher
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Ron Stucki
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"It was a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year ... " when the mischievous raven Edgar heads to his friend Roderick's house to work on their tree house. Edgar dashes his sister Lenore's hopes with the ever-popular phrase "sisters are not allowed," until a storm starts to brew and the two boys realize that sometimes the best things happen when you decide to stick together. The third picture book in the popular Edgar series is sure to warm the hearts of kids and parents alike.

The Last Christmas Tree book
#13
The Last Christmas Tree
Written by Stephen Krensky and illustrated by Pascal Campion
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Among the grand balsam firs and pines at the Christmas tree lot is a little hunched tree that is missing several branches. Still, no tree is more filled with the spirit of Christmas. As the weeks go by, many others are selected but still the little tree keeps up its hope of finding the perfect family. On Christmas Eve, now the last tree in the lot, a special visitor (Ho, Ho, Ho!) might just give the little tree what it wants most of all.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening book
#14
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.

Froggy's Best Christmas book
#15
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!

Tree book
#16
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.

Shake the Tree! book
#17
Shake the Tree!
Written by Paolo Chiarinotti, Chiara Vignocchi and illustrated by Silvia Borando
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Various animals take turns shaking a tree in search of a tasty meal. It starts with Mouse who wants a nut so she shakes the tree a little to the right, and a little to the left. But it isn't the nut that falls from the tree, it's Fox who thinks that Mouse looks pretty tasty! Soon a warthog and then a bear come along with similar ideas. Little readers will enjoy the just-made-it escapes and the fun shaking-action that readers can do along with this interactive picture book.

The Taking Tree book
#18
The Taking Tree
Written by Shrill Travesty and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

A parody in the style of Where the Mild Things Are features a disgruntled tree that is fed up with a boy who cuts off her branches to build a house which he subsequently burns down for the insurance money.

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind book
#19
Kate, Who Tamed the Wind
Written by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Lee White
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A wild wind blows on the tippy-top of a steep hill, turning everything upside down for the man who lives there. Luckily, Kate comes up with a plan to tame the wind. With an old wheelbarrow full of young trees, she journeys up the steep hill to add a little green to the man’s life, and to protect the house from the howling wind. From award-winning author Liz Garton Scanlon and whimsical illustrator Lee White comes a delightfully simple, lyrical story about the important role trees play in our lives, and caring for the world in which we live.

Sometimes Rain book
#20
Sometimes Rain
Written by Meg Fleming and illustrated by Diana Sudyka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Celebrate the four seasons of the year and all of the fun that comes with them with this lyrical, rhyming picture book from the author of I Heart You. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it snows, sometimes the sun shines, and sometimes the trees change color. But no matter what the seasons bring, there is lots of fun to be had! This lyrical exploration of the four seasons and all of the wonder that they bring is illustrated with vibrant watercolors.

The Night Gardener book
#21
The Night Gardener
Written and illustrated by Eric Fan, Terry Fan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Everyone on Grimloch Lane enjoys the trees and shrubs clipped into animal masterpieces after dark by the Night Gardener, but William, a lonely boy, spots the artist, follows him, and helps with his special work.

Albert's Tree book
#22
Albert's Tree
Written and illustrated by Jenni Desmond
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Waa! Waa! Why is Albert's favorite tree crying? And how can he cheer it up? From artist Jenni Desmond comes a warm and funny story about finding a new friend in a very unexpected place. Awake after his long sleep, Albert the bear can't wait to spend time in his own special tree, which is always so quiet and peaceful. But not today. Today Albert's tree is crying. How can he cheer it up? Albert's friend Rabbit suggests digging holes for Tree to play in, but the wailing continues. Eating grass always makes Caribou happy, but an offering of grass does nothing to stop the noise (which is getting to be a bit much). "STOP CRYING!" roars Albert, but the bawling only gets louder. There's just one thing to do: Albert climbs up to his favorite branch and gives Tree a hug. To Albert's surprise, he hears a little voice say, "I'm afraid of the big hairy monster." Who said that? And just who is the big hairy monster?

Merry Christmas, Mr. Mouse book
#23
Merry Christmas, Mr. Mouse
Written by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When Mr. Mouse and his family move into the warm spot beneath the kitchen stove in a big house, they discover something new and wonderful: an evergreen decorated with lights, ginger and peppermint smells in the air, and cookies baking in the oven. They hear about a child born long ago, and a jolly man named Santa who brings gifts to celebrate the child's birth on a day called Christmas. And so they decide that their family should celebrate Christmas too. Join the Mouse family as they discover the magic of their first Christmas, complete with their own mouse-sized tree, tiny cookie crumbs, and miniature stockings just waiting for Santa to fill with presents. Hidden pictures on every page! Look on the underside of this jacket for the key.

Just Like Us! Plants book
#24
Just Like Us! Plants
Written by Bridget Heos and illustrated by David Clark
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

What living things wear perfume, bask in the sun, use weapons to defend themselves, and even go on ocean cruises? PLANTS! While they might seem as different from humans as possible, we actually have a lot in common with our photosynthesizing friends. From drinking water to disguising themselves to communicating with one another, plants are a lot like us—though with fascinating twists all their own. Factual, funny, and featuring a dynamic mix of photographs and cartoon illustrations, Just Like Us! Plants will charm even the most reluctant nonfiction readers.

The Things That I Love about Trees book
#25
The Things That I Love about Trees
Written by Chris Butterworth and illustrated by Charlotte Voake
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Journey through the seasons and discover how much there is to love about trees! From brand-new buds in spring to the sound of the wind whooshing through the leaves in summer, from the fall colors to the feel of winter’s rough bark and the promise of spring returning again—no matter what time of year, there’s always something extraordinary to notice about the trees around your neighborhood. Chris Butterworth’s text, gently sprinkled with facts, captures the wonder of a child as Charlotte Voake’s busy, buoyant artwork conveys how something as simple and common as a tree can feel like magic taking root around you.

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