I love trees. I am calmed by awe when they tower over me. As a child, I climbed them and bragged to everyone I knew (all 7 of them) that the air we breathed came from trees. Teenage me lurked beneath them, and I am proud to say that I have never carved anything into a tree.
Now I sleep in treehouses internationally (Washington State and Scotland) like a Boss, and hug them with gusto (as pictured) in Canada. My favorite song is Plant Trees from local band La Pompe Jazz (available to stream and download on Volume). I seriously, and with passionate abandon, love trees.
I am also a librarian, every day surrounded by books, with a keen eye for a good read.
So know when say these books about trees are worth the slain trees they are printed on and a few hours attention, I mean it. Best read under your favorite tree.
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams - Great on audiobook and will give you a lot of stories and facts to wow your friends with!
Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help you Find Health and Happiness by Qing Li - A quick read with over 100 color photographs from forests around the world.
The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors by David George Haskell - Inspiring and vast, this book is all about interconnectedness, plus Denver gets a shout-out.
Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori - Beautiful illustration adorn this recently published book.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What they Feel, How They Communicate: Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben - More about forests than trees by a whimsical dude who spent decades managing and studying forests in Germany.
Be in a Treehouse: Design Construction Inspiration by Pete Nelson (from Treehouse Masters) - Rivendell for life!
This is the best post ever.
This is lovely - an affirmation of love. My grandfather was a tree farmer (by way of being a 'conservation conscious farmer') beginning in the 1930's - long story. Perhaps I became a lover of trees because of his labors but had I been born several millenia ago in the British Isles I would probably have been an ancient herbalist who lived in the forest alone with the trees.
What a great post! You should definitely add Overstory by Richard Powers to this list. It's fiction but the main character are trees.
Thanks for this list, Tara! I would add Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape, by Jill Jonnes.
Wonderful! Thank you!
Love your post about trees--I love them, too! It is amazing (and inspiring) thinking how trees have survived against incredible odds (my favorite is the grand old oak tree that survived Hurricane Katrina) and so many others! Wow! really makes one humble...