I’m delighted to have author Maria Gianferrari back on my blog. I met her through my blog long before she published her first picture book. She always left the most thoughtful comments, usually with great children’s book suggestions to add to my post.
Over time, we became friends, purely from this blogging relationship. I learned that she, at that time, had six picture books coming out and I was so happy to be part of it. Here are some of her book lists:
Today, we are celebrating her newest book, Be A Tree! Thanks to the generosity of Abrams Kids, we’re also giving away a copy of Be A Tree! Please see the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.
Happy almost spring! It’s Earth Day soon too—the perfect time to celebrate trees with a giveaway of my latest title, Be a Tree!, a collaboration with the amazing Felicita Sala, published by Abrams Kids. You will fall in love with Felicita’s gorgeous illustrations.
Be a Tree! by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Felicity Sala
With lyrical prose, Maria and Felicity have created a celebration of the wonder of trees and how they can communicate with each other deep in the earth through their roots. Maria draws comparisons between humans and trees in our need to socialize and stand together. Majestic trees have a lot to teach us!! [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Let’s get this party started with my favorite new tree book recommendations:
Celebrate Tree Picture Books for Earth Day
Me + Tree by Alexandria Giardino, illustrated by Anna & Elena Balbusso
Alex’s book starts where The Giving Tree leaves off—with a stump, and re-imagines in touching text what it means to be seen, understood, and loved, as true friends do. [picture book, ages 6 and up]
The perfect blend of poetry, layered scientific text, and beautiful art, Lita’s book explores the diverse range of trees all around the world, and how they work together to share resources and sustain each other. Trees teach us how to survive, thrive, and work together. [picture book, ages 5 and up]
The Tree in Me by Corinna Luyken
Corinna’s book is a feast for our senses: lush pink and yellow tones, full of joyful, sweeping textures and lines, showing the ways that trees are in me, and in you. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Zonia’s Rain Forest and La selva de Zonia (Spanish Edition) by Juana Martinez-Neal
As I write this post, I have not yet read Juana’s book, but it looks lovely. I am a fan of her art, and the story sounds very touching: Zonia is Asháninka, the largest indigenous group in Peru. She loves her green and lively rainforest home, replete with sloths, anteaters, jaguars, and other creatures until one day the rainforest calls to her in a troubled voice—what will Zonia do? It’s available in both English and Spanish.
My Tree by Hope Lim, illustrated by Il Sung Na
A story of a newly arrived boy from Korea and the backyard plum tree that offers comfort, friendship, adventure, and ultimately hope. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
New autumn book alert! I’m excited to read these two new tree books releasing this fall:
September: Hello, Tree by Ana Crespo, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
October: Trees by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Tiffany Bozic
Tony also has a lovely book that released several years ago, Sequoia, with illustrations by Wendell Minor.
Check out these recent releases:
Verlie Hutchens’ poetry book, Trees, with illustrations by Jing Jing Tsong, is a lovely meditation on all kinds of trees and their personalities.
Carrie A. Pearson’s Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth, illustrated by Susan Swan, is about coastal redwoods, just like the one in my author photo below! It was taken at Redwood National Park in 2011—one of the most beautiful and magical places I have ever visited.
Savor all the lush tree illustrations in this informational book, Trees: A Rooted History by Piotr Socha and Wojciech Grajkowski.
And don’t miss the inspiration for my book, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate, and its companion book for young readers, Can You Hear the Trees Talking?: Discovering the Hidden Life of the Forest, both by Peter Wohlleben. There is so much we can learn from trees!
Dr. Suzanne Simard, the forest ecologist who wrote its afterward, also has a book coming in May: Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest.
Be A Tree! Picture Book GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to the generosity of Abrams Kids, we’re giving away a copy of Be A Tree! (US residents only—sorry!). Please fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter.
Don’t forget to climb a tree—and hug it too!
Thanks for letting me gush about all things tree, Mia!
Maria Gianferrari has climbed fig trees in Italy, stood under stately coastal redwoods and twisted Torrey pines, marveled at mitten-shaped sassafras leaves, colorful coral trees, and sawtooth oak acorn nests. She lives with her family, including her dog, Maple, in a house encircled by trees.
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p.s. Earth Day posts:
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