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Marvelous Trees

Marvelous Trees

Kids have questions in the fall when leaves turn colors and drop off. Encourage your child’s curiosity with  informational books about trees as well as more imaginative books that include trees! 

Imaginative Books About Trees

Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley. This rhyming story tells of a tree’s humorous struggles to change its colors for fall. Introducing children to the seasons, the silly, colorful illustrations will encourage the curiosity and imagination of children learning to read. 

The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford.  After Minty discovers a secret tree with a hollow trunk that holds the secrets of everyone in the neighborhood, Raymond, a new boy drawn to the tree and Minty start watching their neighbors.

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Charles Santoso. An old red oak tree tells how he and his crow friend, Bongo, help their human neighbors get along after a threat against an immigrant family is carved into the tree’s trunk.

Just the Facts Please! 

Trees. Text by Angels Julivert. Describes the unique features of different species of trees, including their general shape and the type of bark, leaves, flowers, and fruit they have, and explores the structure, reproductive tendencies, and growth patterns of trees.

One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me! by John Micklos, illustrated by Clive McFarland. Count your way through the seasons! In spring, the tree’s leaves appear, one by one. By summer, there’s a glorious canopy. And when autumn winds blow, leaves fly from the tree, one after another, leading us into winter. As little ones count leaves, look for animals, and enjoy the changing seasonal landscape, bouncy rhymes and bold illustrations make learning to count easy-corresponding numerals reinforcing the learning fun.

The Secret Lives of Trees written by Chiara Chevallier. Details the parts and inner lives of trees and all the organisms that live within them.

Why Do Leaves Change Color? By Betsy Maestro, illustrated by Loretta Krupinski. Explains how leaves change their colors in autumn and then separate from the tree as the tree prepares for winter.

Plant a Tree or Pick a Tree!

Fall is a good time to plant trees! If you are able, plant a tree or bury a tree nut or seed this fall. Then you can watch it next spring in another fascinating tree season! Another idea is to go for a walk and pick a favorite tree. Come back in the other seasons to see how it changes!