A Tree is Nice (1994) by Janice Udry
This easy reader points out all the things we use everyday that come from trees from paper to rubber, turpentine and fruit. The author also touches on animal habitats and the larger environment, with a simple explanation of photosynthesis. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)
Earth's Vanishing Forest by Roy A. Gallant (age 9-12)
The Appalachian Forest, A Search for Roots and Renewal (1998) by Chris Bolgiano
An eloquent account of Appalachia's past and future. Since European settlement, Appalachia's natural history has been profoundly impacted by the people who have lived, worked, and traveled there. Bolgiano's journey explores the influx of settlers, Native American displacement, lumber and coal exploitation, the birth of forestry, and conservation issues. 37 photos.
A Log's Life by Wendy Pfeffer,
Be a Friend to Trees (1994) by Patricia Lauber; Harper Collins, NY
The Fall of Freddie, the Leaf (1983) by Leo Buscaglia
Freddie and the other leaves on his tree pass through the seasons and, with the coming of winter, fall to the ground. This warm and sympathetic parable explains the delicate balance between life and death.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Horton Hears a Who (1954) by Dr. Seus
Horton hears a cry for help from a speck of dust, and spends much of the book trying to protect the infinitesimal creatures who live on it from the derision and trickery of other animals, who think their elephant friend has gone quite nutty. This classic is not only fun, but a great way to introduce thoughtful children to essentially philosophical questions.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Nature (through science an art) by Susie Criswell (1994) TAB Books; Blue Ridge Summit, PA
This activity book combines science and art to explore the wonders of nature. A revision of Nature with Art, Criswell's book instills a deep awareness of the environment in children. Diverse activities include learning why trees have leaves and how the earth's surface changes. 130 illus.
- Leaf or tree identification books
The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees: Eastern Region
by Elbert L., Jr. Little, et al