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In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed a celebration of tree planting called Arbor Day. This tradition of planting trees is still going strong! If you are looking for ways to celebrate, just visit the official Arbor Day website.
When I was in college, I took a class in which we studied John Muir. His passion for nature was deep and contagious. If you want to create just a spark of what John Muir had in your kiddo, you might consider reading these lovely picture books about trees.
Tree-mendous Books to Read for Arbor Day
by Oliver Jeffers
published by Philomel
I'm not sure if this is a book about a tree or a book about a kite...but I love it either way! This is another spectacular book by the author of The Day the Crayons Quit!
The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
published by Harper & Row
This classic by Shel Silverstein is a must have for every child's library. Be careful when reading it to your kids, though--you just might need a tissue.
by Lori Nichols
published by Nancy Paulsen Books
When Maple is a baby, her parents planted a tree. The tree is her friend and when she becomes a big sister, she and the tree know just what to do to take care of her baby sister.
The Little Tree
by Muon Van
illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi
published by Creston Books
This book is wonderful. I just reviewed it and loved not only the book, but the inspiration for the story too.
Who Will Plant a Tree?
by Jerry Pallotta
illustrated by Tom Leonard
published by Sleeping Bear Press
Who will plant a tree? Well, anyone can...
by Loren Long
published by Philomel
This book makes it pretty clear that I need to do another tearjerker list! It is all about holding on, letting go, and growing up.
It Will Be Okay
by Lysa TerKeurst
published by Thomas Nelson
This picture book is all about embracing change instead of fearing it. It speaks to both children and adults and is just lovely. I reviewed it when it came out and fell in love with it. You can read that review HERE.
The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward
illustrated by Lisa Falkenstern
published by Two Lions
This tree is busy from roots to branches! Read about all the fun things going on in and on the tree...
Tree: A Peek Through Picture Book
by Britta Teckentrup
published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers
This one, with its peek through hole, is a fun read for toddlers!
\A Grand Old Tree
by Mary Newell DePalma
published by Arthur A. Levine Books
The old tree flourishes for many years and provides food and shelter for animals. After the tree dies, it is still useful.
Rosario's Fig Tree
by Chris Wahl
illustrated by Luc Melanson
published by Groundwood Books
Why was Rosario digging up a dead tree? What garden magic was going on? Read my review and view the trailer!