January 2017: Blooming Branches
The Apple Pie Tree
New York: Blue Sky Press, 1996.
Pies growing on trees? Not quite, but this engaging tale will satisfy your hunger for a good story. Colorful collage illustrations follow each season as an apple tree grows leaves, fragrant blossoms, and tiny green apples. Soon the fruit is big, red, and ready to be picked. It’s time to make an apple pie! This celebration of apples and how things grow is sure to delight young readers all year long. Pre-readers.
(j) SB363 .H149 1996
Another Tree in the Yard.
Waterbury, Conn.: Vocalis, 2004.
Maggie the magnolia tree is an important part of the Soto family, which is why she’s not sure what to make of the fig tree that just moved in to the yard. This story about a human family and their tree counterparts will ring true for anyone who has experienced some growing pains when a family suddenly expands. Early readers.
(j) QK495. M2 S47 2004
The Busy Tree.
New York: Marshall Cavendish Children, c2009.
Many different types of wildlife live in and around a tree that is their home, from chipmunks and woodpeckers to ants and spiders. Pre-readers.
(j) QK475 .W213 2009
Bond, Ruskin. Honesdale, Pa: Caroline House, 1996.
In this story from India about life and growing older, a little girl plants a cherry seed and cares for the cherry tree through its difficult life. Early readers. (j) SB366 .B64 1996
Grandfather Cherry Blossom.
Grandfather Cherry Blossom.
This version of a Japanese folk fable illustrates greed and unselfishness in the natures of two neighbors. A tree motif recurs throughout the story. Early readers. (j) SB366 .M127 1993
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?
Gray, Rita. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2014.
In this picture book for young readers, we learn why the mother nesting bird stays quiet and still while sitting on her eggs. Early readers. (j) QL676 .G79 2014
Have You Seen Trees?
Oppenheim, Joanne. New York: Scholastic, 1995.
This collection of poems invites readers and listeners to experience the world of trees throughout the seasons. Early readers. (j) QK475 .Op5 1995
Sunflowers, Magnolia Trees & Other Flowering Plants.
Parker, Steve. Minneapolis: Compass Point, 2009.
This book introduces you to a well known group of plants, from bright sunflowers to beautiful magnolia trees. It explores the history of flowering plants and examines the way flowering plants reproduce and obtain energy. Advanced readers. (j) QK643 .A5 P228 2009
Peach Blossom Spring.
Bordewich, Fergus M. New York: Green Tiger Press, 1994.
In this retelling of a traditional Chinese tale, a grove of blossoming peach trees leads a fisherman to an earthly paradise. Early readers. (j) SB371 .B645 1994
The Tree Book: for Kids and Their Grown-Ups.
Ingoglia, Gina. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, c2008.
Pleasantville, NY: Reader's Digest Children's Books, 1999.
The first part of this clearly-written book is about trees in general - their structure, how they grow and reproduce, and other interesting facts. The second part will help readers identify and learn about over thirty different kinds of trees found in North America. The author's beautiful drawings illustrate many carefully-observed details. Advanced readers. (j) QK475 .In4t 2008
Selsam, Millicent Ellis. New York; W. Morrow, 1984.
Text and drawings follow the growth cycle of twelve common flowering trees: pussywillow, white oak, sugar maple, elm, apple, horse chestnut, flowering dogwood, magnolia, witch hazel, black walnut, black locust, and tulip tree. Advanced readers. (j) QK653 .Se496 1984
A Tree is Nice.
Udry, Janice May. New York: Harper & Row, c1984.
This timeless classic, winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1957, cleverly describes the many values of a tree. Pre-readers. (j) QK475 .Ud7 1956
We Planted a Tree.
Muldrow, Diane. New York: Golden Books, 2010.
Simple text reveals the benefits of planting a single tree, both to those who see it grow and to the world as a whole. The lively illustrations juxtapose two families on opposite sides of the world enjoying the trees they’ve planted. Early readers. (j) QK475 .M85 2010