It’s Love a Tree Day! There are so many things to love about a tree like shade, oxygen, beauty, and the fact that it makes a great reading spot. Here are seven books you can enjoy that are related to trees while reading under your favorite tree today.
- The Overstory by Richard Powers
Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in fiction, The Overstory is about a handful of Americans whose interlocking stories span from antebellum New York to the twentieth-century Timber Wars in the Pacific Northwest as they learn about the world of trees and how humans affect our world.
- The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction, The Lie Tree is about teenage girl, Faith Sunderly, who knows her father’s death was no accident. While going through her father’s things, Faith finds a tree that only gives fruit when it is told a lie. Fruit which gives a hidden truth in return. Faith hopes that the tree may give her the truth behind her father’s murder, but it could also bring the murderer straight to Faith.
- Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen
After the death of his wife, Harry Crane flees to the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania to lose himself. Except he meets Oriana, a young girl who has lost her father and is looking to put her own life back together. Oriana believes Harry is the person who can help her right her world by carrying out a plan she discovered in a library book. Together, Harry and Oriana start an adventure that could help them both.
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd
Conor has been having nightmares, so he is shocked that the monster that visits him seven minutes past midnight isn’t the monster from his nightmare. Conor has been having the same nightmare since the day his mom started her treatments, and this monster, who comes in the form of the yew tree from the church’s yard, wants the truth. That could be the most terrifying and dangerous thing of all.
- American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation by Eric Rutkow
Trees have shaped the United States into what it is today. Historian and lawyer Eric Rutkow tells the story of how trees have shaped the United States and how it would be a vastly different place without the trillions of trees.
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Most people have read about the wonders of Terabithia, but it’s a favorite among many and a good read for Love a Tree Day. Fifth graders Jess and Leslie quickly become friends after Leslie beats Jess in a race at school. Now, every day after school, the two imagine the forest behind Leslie’s house is an enchanted forest kingdom named Terabithia. Then, tragedy strikes and Jess must learn to cope with his grief.
- The Lorax by Dr. Suess
Is a book list about trees complete without The Lorax? This beloved book shares a message with everyone about going green and taking care of the trees and the earth that protect us every day. The book teaches us that no matter how small or young, anyone can make a difference.
So go ahead, pick up a book, and enjoy some shade from the tree you love most.
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