Celebrating the Joy of Trees with Books about Them
Since I just taught a workshop on working with tree medicines last week and next week is the climax of the ritual tree sacrifice to some magical red suited man (I always found Santa a little suspicious what with the enslaving elves to work in his factory and whipping reindeer into being his transport, let alone breaking into people’s homes…but I digress) I thought it would be fun to pull together a list of my favorite books celebrating trees.
Yes, yes I appreciate the irony of books being made of trees – shoo, shoo you malcontents!
So here in alphabetical order by author last name, lest I be accused of playing favorites are my top ten favorite tree books:
- Myths of the Sacred Trees by Moyra Caldecott: Great collections of myths, fables and stories from around the world involving trees.
- The Meaning of Trees: Botany, History, Healing, Lore by Fred Hageneder: A lovely book on culture and trees including myth and symbols of various trees as well as practical and medicinal uses historically. Just a fun look at how we see trees with lots of pretty pictures.
- Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees by Nancy Ross Hugo: Inspiring book with wonderful photos that looks into aspects of trees we rarely notice. Lots of fun facts and insights.
- The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown Ups by Gina Ingoglia: Great book for kids and adults with lots of vivid illustrations and fun, interesting facts to learn more about the common trees around you.
- The Sacred Language of Trees by A. T. Mann: A religious, historical and cultural look at our relationship with trees. Food for thought along with some inspiring quotes and poetry.
- Meetings with Remarkable Trees by Thomas Pakenham: Amazing pictures and stories about individual trees. So much fun and joy about trees is contained within.
- Trees, a visual guide by Tony Rodd and Jennifer Stackhouse: Fun overview of the botany of trees as well as their ecology, form and function in the world.
- The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter by Colin Tudge: General over view of the botany of trees. Focuses on the ecology and how different tree families relate. Good for understanding the complex nature of trees and generally fascinating.
- The Life of the Leaf by Steven Vogel: Focuses on the physical sciences aspects of trees. Gives a great contrast to the ones that focus on medicinal or biological/botanical aspects. Can be a little bit of a slog since even toned down for the layman as it is; it is still the physics of trees. But it is still very interesting stuff.
- Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History by Diana Wells: Fascinating collections of stories, facts and history about different tree species.
Hopefully they might serve to inspire your interest or tweak some holiday giving for the tree loving people in your life!