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Reading List For Kids

Looking for ideas for what to read? Find these books about redwoods at the library, buy them at a locally owned bookstore, or borrow them from a friend!

Reading List For Kids

Looking for ideas for what to read? Find these books about redwoods at the library, buy them at a locally owned bookstore, or borrow them from a friend!

A Tree Called Moses

By Baker, Laura Nelson
Ages: 4 to up
The Moses tree is a real tree. Its age is estimated at 2,500 years, it is located near Sequoia National Forest, and it is one of the largest of the spectacular giant redwoods. On the basis of the scars and form of the tree, the author has predicted the course of its life development from the day its seed was planted, and of the surrounding wildlife.

A Voice for the Redwoods

By Halter, Loretta
Ages: 9 to 11
From sapling to adult the author gives us the sense of time that it takes to grow a redwood. We meet Native Americans, from generation to generation, then loggers and contemporary man as the tree continues its long life span.

Ancient Forests: Discovering Nature

By Anderson, Margaret, et. al
Ages: 8 to 13
Written by scientists, science educators and writers, these action-packed books discuss the work of scientists and their research, and deal with environmental problems and some of their solutions.

Big Tree

By Buff, Mary and Conrad
Ages: 4 to up
A giant five-thousand-year-old Sequoia, called Wa-No-Na by the Indians, tells its life story.

Children of the Forest

By Elsa Beskow
Ages: 3 to 6
The children of the forest live deep in the roots of an old pine tree. This book invites children to follow their engaging adventures through each season as they play hide-and-seek with the squirrels and throw snowballs in winter.

Crinkleroots Guide to Knowing Trees

By Jim Arnosky
Ages: 5 to 10
An illustrated introduction to trees and woodlands with information on how to identify the bark and the leaves, the many ways that animals use trees, and how to read the individual history that shapes every tree.

Extreme Scientists

By Jackson, Donna M.
Ages: 9 to 12
From hurricanes to caves to the crowns of towering redwoods, these scientists battle some of the earth’s most intense conditions in order to save lives, preserve species, and help us to better understand the way our planet works.

Giant Sequoia Trees

By Wadsworth, Ginger
Ages: 4 to 9
Beautiful color photographs and a simple text describe for young readers the life cycle of the amazing giant sequoia trees of California, as special notes for adults help build an interactive experience perfect for classrooms.

Green Giants

By Collard, Sneed B.
Ages: 9 to 12
Describes twelve of the world’s tallest trees, such as the redwood, mountain ash, kauri, and Douglas fir.

Hannah and the Talking Tree

By Weiss, Elke
Ages: 3 to 7
Hannah was born with very big ears. One day she goes into the forest and find a lonely tree – a tree that can talk. She shares her stories with him, and decides to help the lonely tree. She goes into town, tells the tree’s story and asks the people for help to plant new trees.

Heart of the Wild

By Schwarzkopf, Chet
Ages: 10 to up
This collection of twenty wild-animal stories will delight readers of all ages. Each tale shows the point of view of one particular wild animal, describing his natural environment, the characteristics of his species, and recounting his daily pursuits and adventures.

In the Company of Redwoods

By Casterson, David
Ages: 8 to up
In the Company of Redwoods is a book that everyone will love, for it makes it easy to learn the names, facts and faces of the understory plants most commonly associated with the Coast Redwood. It is designed to be carried on walks in each of the more than 60 Redwood State Parks and Preserves in coastal California from Big Sur to the Oregon border.

Into the Redwoods

By Laura Henderson
Ages: 5 to 12
Peanut is a young Knookerdoodle and like all the little Knookerdoodles, he loves books, has a merry twinkle in his eye, and lives a happy life tucked away in the nooks of the tall trees of the Redwood Forest. Peanut has never gone on any adventures, entered the deep dark woods, or met any pirates. However, on this bright sunny morning when Chubby the chipmunk talks to a human, things will change for Peanut. Discover this tale of friendship and courage as Peanut and his friends jump to and fro and fall into their first adventure.

Jonathan and the Tree

By Gilad Goldschmidt and Esther Aivel
Ages: 6 to 10
This touching story of a boy and his friendship with a tree gives remarkable pictures of the cycles of life, and of death. All ages will find satisfaction in this tale of life’s changes and challenges and the power of a good friendship to encourage and sooth these changes and challenges.

Julia Butterfly Hill: Saving the Redwoods

By Fitzgerald, Dawn
Ages: 9 to 12
Readers will learn that Julia’s whimsical nickname doesn’t quite cover her lofty accomplishments. She is world-known as the young woman who climbed into a tree in 1997, to save it from being destroyed. She lived in that tree, named Luna, for over 700 days, ultimately succeeding in protecting Luna, and the trees within 200 feet of it.

Little Bigfoot Meets a Person

By Hassman, Mina
Ages: 9 to 12
A Modern Tale about Bigfoot, a Legendary Animal of the Redwood Wilderness. A curious little bigfoot who believes people exist and a curious young littlefoot, who is a bigfoot believer, meet on a trail in the shadows of the redwood forest.

Luna and me

By Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Ages: 5 to 9
The true story of a girl who lived in a tree to save the forest.

Michael Recycle and the Tree Top Cops

By Ellie Patterson
Ages: 7 to 10
Even super-heroes need a vacation, so where better than one of the world’s natural wonders, the great Redwood Forest But disaster has struck and the forest is under threat… can Michael Recycle and his new friends, the Tree Top Cops, save the day?

Operation Redwood

By French, S. Terrell
Ages: 8 to 12
This fantastic debut novel, full of clever stunts and pranks, shows the power of determined individuals, no matter what their age, to stand up to wrongdoing. And it introduces readers to a memorable cast of characters—smart kids who care about the world around them.

Out of Thin Air: A Story of Big Trees

By Muleady-Mecham, Nancy
Ages: 4 to 8
A park ranger explains via a question and answer dialogue with two children how a sequoia tree grows, and it’s not because of the soil. She covers the science with help from the periodic table and some bright clear full page illustrations opposite the text.

Redwood National Park: Forest of Giants

By Purslow, Neil
Ages: 8 to 12
Describes the history of the California national park known for its large redwood trees. Natural Wonder series.

Redwood Trees

By Prevost, John
Ages: 4 to 8
Provides basic information about the redwood, including its structure, economic uses, and the pests and diseases that affect it.


By Chin, Jason
Ages: 4 to 8
A subway trip is transformed when a young boy happens upon a book about redwood forests. As he reads the information unfolds, and with each new bit of knowledge, he travels–all the way to California to climb into the Redwood canopy.

Seabird in the Forest

By Dunning, Joan
Ages: 5 to 9
Focusing on one pair of murrelets and their newborn chick, the author reveals the hidden nest in the canopy of the old-growth forests and the secret life of these birds before their fledgling sets off for the sea.


By George, Michael
Ages: 9 to 12
Creative Education’s “Images series invites readers to explore science in a whole new way. Fill your library with “Images that leave a lasting impression.

Tall Tall Tree

By Fredericks, Anthony
Ages: 1 to 9
There’s a magical, wild world happening in the tallest of tall trees – a world teeming with life that very few people ever see! Come take a peek at the animals that make their home in a tall, tall redwood tree. Children will love the rhymes and count the critters from one to ten. Look out for the hidden animals, too! Lots of fun and lots of interesting science – including STEM activity suggestions.

The Ancient One

By Barron, T.A.
Ages: 10 to 14
In this powerful tale, the contemporary struggle between loggers and environmentalists in the Pacific Northwest is interwoven with a fantastic story of an ancient and magical world discovered by a 13-year-old girl. “Fantasy mavens will find plenty here to enthrall them

The Ever-Living Tree

By Vieira, Linda
Ages: 4 to 8
Follow the long life a redwood tree as this book takes you on a journey through history.

The Fire That Saved the Forest

By Donahue, Mike
Ages: 4 to 8
When Bernie the bear and his other animal cohorts make a practice of extinguishing every fire that starts in the forest, they realize that the trees are choking out open meadows and not allowing berry bushes and other foods they depend on to grow. One day, an uncontrollable fire devastates the forest, and the animals mistakenly believe their world has ended. Soon, however, new growth provides them with a bounty of food, and they realize how important fire is to the health of the forest.

The Giving Tree

By Shel Silverstein
Ages: 4 to 8
The Giving Tree, a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein, has been a classic favorite for generations.

The Grandpa Tree

By Donahue, Mike
Ages: 3 to up
The elementary tale of the life cycle of a tree, from its beginnings as a sapling to its demise on the forest floor, where it decomposes and becomes “a home for rabbits, and food for flowers”, is also a life lesson for people.

The House above the trees

By Ethel Cook Eliot
Ages: 5 to 12
A wonderful fantasy written by Ethel Cook Eliot, first published in 1921. The illustrations include line drawings along with 5 color plates from Anne Anderson.

The Redwood Forests

By Bullard, Lisa
Ages: 4 to 8
Have you ever seen a tree as wide as a house? What about one taller than a skyscraper? Get ready to explore the gigantic trees in the Redwood Forests These amazing forests are located along the West Coast of the United States, from California to Oregon.

The Sacred Redwood Forest

By Levi, Dror Shai
Ages: 9 to 12
With faeries, nymphs, a Forest Goddess, an Ancient Magician, and other colorful characters, we learn through the eyes of a young girl, why these last remaining forests should be saved, and about the senseless destruction already wrought upon them.

The Star Tree

By Gisela Colle
Ages: 5 to 8
In a little house, in a big city, there lived a very old man. He had watched the city grow up around him, seen towering skyscrapers and miles of asphalt swallow the woods and fields, parks and gardens, of his youth. The people who lived in the skyscrapers knew nothing of the old man — most didn’t even know each other.

The Tallest Tree

By Lieber, Robert
Ages: 2 to 5
The world’s tallest trees come to life in a delightfully illustrated story that will enchant and teach children about life in the forest.

The Tree Giants

By Schneider, Bill
Ages: 9 to 12
This book helps explain the largest and most remarkable trees on earth, the California redwoods.

The Tree in the Ancient Forest

By Reed-Jones, Carol
Ages: 4 to 10
The remarkable web of plants and animals living around a single old fir tree takes on a life of its own in this stunningly illustrated story. Carol Reed-Jones’ repetitive, cumulative verse–a poetic technique that children universally love–aptly portrays the amazing ways in which the inhabitants depend upon one another for survival.

The Tree of Time: A Story of a Special Sequoia

By Baron, Kathy
Ages: 5 to 10
This colorful volume is a wonderful introduction to the story of the giant sequoia, the world’s largest tree. Tracing the life of one special sequoia that lived for over 2,000 years, it shows the stages of development of the tree in relation to important events in world history

Walk in the Woods

By Beals, Kevin and Gina Cervetti
Ages: 7 to 8
In Walk in the Woods students “accompany” a soil scientist named Asmeret as she walks through the woods. Students see the world through a soil scientist’s eyes as Asmeret searches for evidence of decomposition.

Welcome to Redwood National and State Parks

By Cosson, M.J.
Ages: 9 to 12
A tour through California’s Redwood National Park, (complete with maps, legends, and detailed captions and factoids) introduces the park’s flora, fauna, topography, history, weather, and attractions.

Where’s Rodney?

By Carmen Bogan
Ages: 4 to 8
This is a story of the power of nature to transform every child. -Scientific research now confirms what we already know: We become more relaxed, more open and friendly, and more creative, with better memory and concentration, after being in nature.

While a Tree Was Growing

By Bosveld, Jane
Ages: 4 to 8
Traces the growth, from seed to maturity, of a 3500-year-old giant sequoia juxtaposing its development with a chronology of world events from the Trojan War to the present day

Who Pooped in the Park? Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park

By Robson, Gary D.
Ages: 4 to 8
Watch where you step! Sometimes the animals in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks are hard to find, but you can almost always find their poop! Come along with Michael, Emily, and their family as they find poop (scat) and footprints (tracks) and discover which animal made them!

Who Pooped in the Redwoods?

By Robson, Gary D.
Ages: 4 to 8
Get the scoop on poop! Sometimes the animals that live in the Redwoods are hard to find – but you can almost always find their poop! Come along with Emily, Michael, and their parents as they find poop (scat) and footprints (tracks) and discover which animal made them! Find out Who Pooped! Includes Field Identification Guide to common scat and tracks.