Reading Aloud Activity

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 | Resources

Tree Books

Suggested for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Submitted by Alice Fujiwara, State Librarian, Aina Haina Public Library

Books to Share:

there-was-a-tree we-planted-a-tree picture-a-tree tap-the-magic-tree maple

  1. There was a Tree by Rachel Isadora (Can be read or sung)
  2. We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow
  3. Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid
  4. Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
  5. Maple by Lori Nichols

I love trees. There are many wonderful picture books about trees, and these are just a few of them. Using the bare outline of a tree on a sheet of paper, the child can color and paste leaves of any color, or just leave them as they are: a tree whose leaves have just fallen or whose leaves are just waiting to magically burst into bloom!

Topics to discuss – Trees provide:

  • Oxygen for us to breathe
  • Shelters for different species of animals, insects
  • Various products: lumber for building, wood pulp for paper for us to use, etc.


Activity: Tree Craft


  • A sheet of paper with the outline of a tree
  • Tissue paper cut into squares (about 1 inch or) so
  • A strip of green paper (about 2” by 8 1/2”)
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Crayons



  1. Color the tree and the background with crayons.
  2. Crumple the tissue paper and use the glue stick to attach the crumpled tissue paper as flowers on the tree. Cut the strip of green paper to resemble grass and glue it to the bottom of the sheet of paper.