Let’s explore a few more of the fantastic nonfiction children’s books that have been nominated for 2018 Cybils awards.
The Things That I LOVE about TREES by Chris Butterworth and illustrated by Charlotte Voake is a wonderful picture book for winter and for all seasons.
Combining facts about how useful trees are with a narrative tour of how trees change from season to season, Chris Butterworth’s gentle prose is relaxing and enlightening.
Summer trees are shady
and so full of leaves that
when the wind blows.
they swish like the sea.
Voake has an obvious affinity for trees and her watercolor and ink illustrations are mesmerizing. With a few strokes she can create the feel of an ancient forest or a swaying sapling.
This is not a loud, shouting book with illustrations filled with bright primary colors. It is more of a “hear the quiet rustling of a pale gray squirrel in the tree above” kind of book. In fact, because the text and illustrations are so serene, it is easy to disregard it as lightweight. That would be, however, a mistake. Butterworth and Voake have packed in a great deal of information about trees, if you only take a minute to look for it.
The Things That I LOVE about TREES is a delightful book. It might not be for everyone, but for youngsters who love nature and want a comfortable, quiet book, this is a good choice. Curl up with a copy today.
Check the many activity suggestions in the back matter.
This time of year it can be fun to do a bark rubbing.
Hold a piece of paper firmly against a tree trunk and rub back and forth. You can use crayon or charcoal.
Compare the patterns from different kinds of trees.
If you want to read more books about trees for children, check our growing list at Science Books for Kids.
Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Publisher: Candlewick (February 28, 2018)
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Looking for more children’s nonfiction books? Try the Nonfiction Monday blog.