Did you know that a large tree can produce enough oxygen in one day for four people? Pretty cool, huh?
We’ve got a lot to thank our leafy friends for. They’re essentially the earth’s lungs, absorbing CO² and potentially harmful gases and releasing fresh, pure oxygen. They provide food, shelter and habitat for endless species of wildlife. They also provide us with shelter; a place to escape and seek sanctuary. And for Go Ape, well, trees are our lifeline – thanks to trees, we’re able to construct sky-high obstacle courses for you all to enjoy. We simply wouldn’t exist without them!
It’s because of trees that we’re also able to enjoy reading a book – to hold a story in our hands, to turn the pages and smell that new-book-smell (just us!?). In fact, why don’t you let your next book be a book about trees? Here’s a list of some our favourite tree-mendous reads for both kids and adults:
Little Tree – Jenny Bowers
This vibrantly-illustrated lift-the-flap book is perfect for teaching little ones about the lifecycle of trees. By lifting the flaps, they’ll see a tiny seed grow into a big pear tree.
The Lorax – Dr. Seuss
Whimsical wordsmith Dr. Seuss said The Lorax was the best book he wrote. It tells the tale of the Lorax, an eco-warrior who ‘speaks for the trees’ by highlighting the dangers of destroying our forests. The book’s stark message is made accessible to kids through Dr. Seuss’ classic prose: heaps of rhyme, rhythm and repetition, with some zany pictures to match.
Peter’s Tree – Bernadette Watts
Peter’s Tree is a charming book that teaches kids about the different seasons and their effect on the natural world. Peter wants to buy his mum the most beautiful tree in the world, but is let down when his Grandad offers to help and digs up a black stick. But, as the seasons move from one to the next, Peter starts to notice changes in his tree…
The Wild Trees – Richard Preston
If this book doesn’t leave you itching for adventure, we don’t know what will! Just 20 people on earth have climbed the world’s tallest trees and know where to find them. Author of The Wild Trees, Richard Preston, was lucky enough to not only spend time with this group, but to climb some of these nature’s giants to discover a world way up high that we could only dream of. At times Richard puts his life on the line, all so that he can unearth the real connection between trees, the earth, and the world’s last true explorers.
The Secret Life of Trees: How They Live and Why They Matter – Colin Tudge
Read alone or read with your little ones to help them gain an understanding of just how important trees are to the world. This book is a true celebration of trees; the author Colin Tudge embarks on a trip around the world to explore all the different varieties, writing with passion about their beauty and what makes them so unique.
The Life and Love of Trees – Lewis Blackwell
One for the picture-lovers, The Life and Love of Trees compiles stories of forests and trees from all over the world. The photographs are truly awe-inspiring, taken by some of the world’s most famous nature photographers.
Do you have any recommendations for tree-mendous reads? Let us know!