Ten books for the tree lover in your life!
With Christmas nearly upon us, our Chief Executive Sara Lom shares ten favourite books that feature trees which would make amazing gifts for your tree-loving friend or family member.
Books offer a magical window into another world – and what better world to discover than the world of trees?! Throughout my life, art, storytelling and photography have helped me come closer to and understand the world of nature. So, with Christmas a mere few days away, I thought I’d share my list of ten books which would make perfect gifts for the tree-lover in your life. My personal favourite is No 10!
- The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood - Howard Pyle (1883)
An ancient forest dating back to the end of the Ice Age, Sherwood Forest has captured the imagination of Howard Pyle and many more artists and writers over the ages. And no wonder – it’s home to trees that are up to 1,000 years old!
- The Little Nut Tree – Sally Gardner
My daughter loved this this delicately coloured story book when she was little. It’s based on a whimsical nursery rhyme about a nut tree which would only bear a silver nutmeg and a golden pear!
- The Whomping Willow – in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Britain’s most beloved wizard hero drives into a magical tree in a flying Ford Anglia – and the Whomping Willow, as the name hints at, doesn’t respond very politely to the crash. In the next book of the series, Harry and friends find out the secret of the willow, which was planted in the grounds for a very special purpose. Magical stuff – but no where near as magical as some of the science behind real life trees!
- Around the World in 80 Trees – Jonathan Drori
This beautifully illustrated book takes you onThe book is filled with stories of gunpowder and smelting, nature, science, and folklore that will leaf you captivated!
- The Book of Trees – Piotr Socha
This new, larger format children’s book is packed with pictures and information on trees and tree-related topics. The double-page spreads are full of colour and help bring the fun, beauty and importance of trees to life for a younger audience.
- The Lorax and the Truffula Trees
Another beloved children’s tale, Dr Seuss uses whimsy and magic to convey real issues including the importance of the ‘real’ world’s natural resources. The Lorax is the guardian of the forest, but he’s unable to protect the multi-coloured Truffula Tree from extinction, due to the ferocity of people’s greed.
- Ash – Archie Miles
Photographer Archie Miles captures the beauty of Britain’s ash as we confront the species’ uncertain future. The beautifully illustrated monograph brings the ash tree to life and makes a fantastic ‘coffee table book’.
- The Art of Forest Bathing by Qing Li
This lovely book helps explain the power of the Japanese art of Shinrin-Yoku or ‘forest-bathing’ as we know it here. Dr Li explains the science behind why spending quality time in a forest can improve health and happiness.
- The Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton
Another quintessentially English tale of childhood magic, centred around the ‘Faraway Tree’. The series has captured imaginations since 1943 – long may it continue.
- And finally … my personal favourite
Trees in Art – Charles Watkins
Jam-packed with illustrations, top quality photos and words, a fascinating compendium on the role trees have played in art. And we at The Tree Council can offer you 20% discount from the publisher if you use the code TC20 at www.reaktionbooks.co.uk.
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