Books About Trees
Falling temperatures and shorter days mean plenty of time to read! We asked our staff for their favorite books about trees, from the scientific to books for babies. Get started on that holiday shopping!
Psst — shop small! All of these links take you to bookshop.org, where you can select a local bookstore to support as you shop online.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom — John Archambault & Bill Martin
Learn the alphabet as the letters race each other up the coconut tree!
The Tiny Seed — Eric Carle
The life cycle of the flower, as told through the eyes of famed author and illustrator Eric Carle.
The Giving Tree — Shel Silverstein
The classic tale of love, acceptance, and just how much trees provide for us.
The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-ups — Gina Ingoglia
Why do trees do that? Kids (and their grown-ups) will have their tree questions answered. Features beautiful botanical watercolors everyone will enjoy!
The Busy Tree — Jennifer Ward
Trees are just for leaves! Learn all about the activities that happen in a tree in this beautifully illustrated book.
Tree — Petra Bartkova
Nonfiction For Adults
The New Wild — Fred Pearce
Explore the world of invasive species, and why they may not be so bad after all.
The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed — John Vaillant
The true story of logger-turned-activist Grant Hadwin and a 165 foot tall Sitka spruce.
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring — Richard Preston
Visit the coastal redwoods and learn the story of Steve Sillett, Marie Antoine, and a group of botanists and naturalists determined to explore.
The Man Who Planted Trees: A Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the Planet — Jim Robbins
The story of David Milarch and his journey to clone the biggest trees in the world and save the planet.
Lab Girl — Hope Jahren
The author’s memoir, detailing her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil throughout her life.
Braiding Sweetgrass — Robin Wall Kimmerer
Robin Wall Kimmerer is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her book explores the gifts and lessons of the earth and the reciprocal relationship we share.
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail — Bill Bryson
Take a hike with Bill Bryson along the Appalachian Trail.
Walden — Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau’s classic recounting of his experience in a small house on Walden Pond.
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder — Richard Louv
The importance of connecting children to nature and the outdoors.
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative — Florence Williams
Explore the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.
Limber — Angela Pelster
A collection of essays of the world’s history through trees from a rural Canadian backyard to a desert in Niger.
Fiction for Adults
The Man Who Planted Trees — Jean Giono
An allegorical tale of a man who changes the landscape of the countryside around him, thanks to a few acorns.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn — Betty Smith
The American classic following Francie Nolan’s coming of age — and the Tree of Heaven that refuses to be destroyed.
Manual of Woody Landscape Plants — Michael Dirr and Charles Heuser, Jr.
A reference manual with over 1,100 species of plants, their propagation requirements, and more.
The Overstory Book — Craig Elevitch
Features 134 short chapters with topics ranging from agricultural techniques, landscapes, to effective windbreaks.
The Sibley Guide to Trees — David Allen Sibley
A beautiful book of tree identification featuring more than 4,100 paintings of over 600 tree species.
Trees of Pennsylvania and the Northeast — Charles Fergus
Discover the trees of the Keystone State and the surrounding areas.
Remarkable Trees of Virginia — Nancy Ross Hugo, Jeffrey Lynn Kirwn, and Robert Llewellyn
A beautiful compilation of the most remarkable trees in Virginia featuring photographs by Robert Llewellyn