National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April. In honor of the gift of trees, spend some time with these picture book stories all about them.
There Was A Tree by Rachel Isadora
A version of the cumulative song “The Green Grass Grew All Around,” set in Africa.
Froggy Builds a Tree House by Jonathan London
Froggy and his friends build a treehouse, while avoiding help from his little sister, Frogilina.
This Tree Counts by Alison Formento
Before they begin planting new trees, Mr. Tate tells his students to listen closely as the lone tree behind their school counts out ten ways it serves the needs of different animals.
The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward
Many different types of wildlife live in and around a tree that is their home, from chipmunks and woodpeckers to ants and spiders.
A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry
This Caldecott winner from the 1950s briefly describes all the value of a tree. A timeless classic.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.
The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
As the seasons pass, Arnold enjoys a variety of activities as a result of his apple tree. Includes a recipe for apple pie and a description of how an apple cider press works.
The Family Tree by David McPhail
In the 1800s, a man clearing land in a beautiful forest to build a home leaves one special tree, but many years later the tree is in trouble, and the man’s great-great grandson enlists a host of animal friends to try to save it.
Ginny W., Youth Services.