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21st Century Kids: Tree Advocates

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library,
Happy person with arms raised among the trees
"There were maples and oaks to the west, and a hemlock forest to the right that pulled me right across the sweet grasses, into it. Never, never have I seen such trees. They were giants—old, old giants. They must have begun when the world began."—Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain

I stand in awe of a large Ash Tree, growing in my backyard for thirty-seven years. This tree not only provides wonderful shade during summer, but also is a place of rest for birds and squirrels. I can’t imagine life without trees, as they are essential to all outdoor spaces. Here is a list of books for kids interested in exploring the significance of trees.

Celebrate Wonderful Trees

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees
Prévot, Franck

"A tree has roots in the soil yet reaches to the sky. It tells us that in order to aspire we need to be grounded and that no matter how high we go it is from our roots that we draw sustenance. It is a reminder to all of us who have had success that we cannot forget where we came from. It signifies that no matter how powerful we become in government or how many awards we receive, our power and strength and our ability to reach our goals depend on the people, those whose work remain unseen, who are the soil out of which we grow, the shoulders on which we stand."― Wangari Maathai

My Side of the Mountain
George, Jean Craighead

111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl
Singh, Rina

The Magic and Mystery of Trees
Green, Jen

Treecology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Trees and Forests
Russo, Monica

The Tree Lady
Hopkins, H. Joseph.

Trees: Kings of the Forest
Hirsch, Andy

A Forest in the City: ThinkCities Series, Book 1
Curtis, Andrea

Can You Hear the Trees Talking?: Discovering the Hidden Life of the Forest
Wohlleben, Peter

Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet
Tate, Nikki