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A Log's Life- Wendy Pfeffer
Aladdin Paperbacks (1997)
ISBN: 987-104169-3843-7
The life cycle of a tree is portrayed as a tree becomes a fallen log, accompanied by three-dimensional paper sculptures showcasing the forest ecosystem. From birds and animals to all sorts of insects- all use the decaying log as it slowly decomposes to become rich, black earth.

A MOUNTAIN ALPHABET: Margriet Ruurs, Tundra Books
ISBN 0-88776-374-X
A beautifully illustrated book highlighting the North American mountains - this book would provide a wonderful introduction into a discussion/study on forest uses (many uses depicted to include recreational, commercial, aesthetic). Margriet also includes a "picture search" - on each page, children are requested to look for other things beginning with the alphabet letter on the page - good opportunities for vocabulary extension as well. A great book to use for K-3.

A BIRD'S EYE VIEW: Harriet Wittels/Joan Greisman – Scholastic

A DEAD LOG: Jen Green – Crabtree Publishing Company
ISBN 0-7787-0150-6
This colorfully illustrated book discusses the varied life existing in a dead log - from the insects inside to the animals and plants on the outside. Students will enjoy following instructions on how to make a viewing jar. A good writing activity would be to keep a log of the different things they observe on the log over a period of time. This book would work well as a teacher reference or as a research book for late primary or early intermediate students.

A DOG CAME, TOO: Ainslie Manson/Ann Blades – Groundwood Book, Douglas & McIntryre
ISBN 0-88899-140-1
A great book to accompany a unit on Canadian history. The journey includes wood use and forest navigation. This story covers the trip across Canada to the Pacific Ocean by Alexander Mackenzie. This explorer was assisted by many native people and the “dog came too”.

A PIONEER STORY: Barbara Greenwood - Kids Can Press
ISBN 1-55074-128-4
An excellent book about the daily life of a Canadian family in 1840 - a wonderful book to use with a unit on Canada or as a study on resources - complete with stories and practical activities - recommended highly for gr. 3-5

A PRAIRIE ALPHABET: Jo Bannatyne - Cugnet, Tundra Books
ISBN 088776-323-5
A companion book for A Mountain Alphabet that focuses on Canadian prairie life - good to accompany a study of Canada - its' people and lifestyles. A comparison can be made to forestry and agriculture - growing crops for the future. Appropriate for K-3.

A RAIN FOREST TREE: Lorien Kite – Crabtree Publishing Company
ISBN 0-7787-0146-8
This book discusses plants and animals that live in the rain forest of South America. Discover how sloths, monkeys, parrots, tree frogs, orchids and many other things live together in the same tree. This book is appropriate for teachers as a reference or for higher level primary or lower intermediate.

A SPECIAL GIFT: Ministry of Forests
ISBN 0-7726-2498-4
The story of a five year old boy who plants Douglas fir seeds - discusses seedling care - good to accompany a science unit on seeds, reforestation, tree growth

A TALE OF THE FOREST OF HAVELLA LAND: Canadian Forestry Association
ISBN 0-9694788-0-1
A great forest based story that provides the reader with the "create your own endings" opportunities

A TREE FOR ALL SEASONS: Robin Bernard - National Geographic Society
ISBN: 0-7922-6674-9
A simple story showing the animals and birds that live in and around a sugar-maple tree as it goes through the seasons.

A TREEFUL OF PIGS: Arnold Lobel - Greenwillow Books
A delightful story about a farmer who woke up one day to discover a tree full of pigs - good to develop as a literature based activity – may be out of print

A TREE IN THE FOREST: Jan Thornhill - Greey de Pencier Books
ISBN 1-89568-8183
A beautifully illustrated book that takes the tree and its surroundings through the different seasons and through a span of many years - very descriptive language used

A TREE IS A PLANT: Clyde Robert Bulla - Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN: 0-06-445196-8
A story to share, telling the story of the tree as it goes through the seasons. Beautifully- painted illustrations.

A TREE IS NICE: Janice May Udry - Harper and Row
A pictoral account of the many uses of trees

BE A FRIEND TO TREES: Patricia Lauber - Harper/Collins Publishers
ISBN 0-06-445120-8
This book explains in simple text the importance of trees, from offering wildlife homes and shelter, to protecting against erosion and providing us with wood products, and most importantly giving off oxygen for us to breathe.

BEGINNING MAPS AND GLOBES: People and Places Series - Learning Horizons
Simple map and globe exercises presented in a sequential way

BIGFOOT CINDERRRRRELLA: Tony Johnston – Puffin
ISBN 0-698-11871-5
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Edition: ISBN 0-399-23021-1
A cute takeoff of a familiar fairytale. Lots of opportunity to discuss metaphors and similes, look at the components of fairytales, make comparisons with other similar storylines and discuss conservation….what would happen if we didn’t cut any tree down? How would your life change? What would happen to the forest? You could then introduce the idea of managing our forests well so that the plants, animals and people can benefit. This book is aimed at ages 4-8 but as material to be studied, it fits 9-12 years as well.

BOTANY FOR ALL AGES: Jorie Hunken and the New England Wild Flower Society, The Globe Pequot Press
ISBN 1-56440-281-9
An excellent book full of activity ideas on many botanical topics

CANADIAN TREES: Colleayn Mastin - Nature Canada Series - Grasshopper Books
ISBN 1-895910-22-5
A book of poetry - excellent - covers many local tree species and represents a balanced use of our forests - highly recommended for gr. 2-5 - lends itself to a unit on poetry/forestry

CANADIAN WILD FLOWERS AND EMBLEMS: Colleayn O. Mastin, Grasshopper
ISBN 1-895910-18-8
The format for this book is similar to that of Canadian Trees by the same author. The poetry and illustrations are lovely - lots of good information on local wildflowers - great book to study along with trees and plants.

DENNIS AND THE FANTASTIC FOREST: Adrian Raeside - Doubleday Canada Ltd.
ISBN 0-385-25531-4
A fun primary or early intermediate story written in poetic form about a friendly dragon who saves the forest from his fire-breathing brothers. A good lead in to caring for our forests and discussions on forest management.

DISCOVERING TREES: Keith Brandt - Troll Associates
A good story that describes the characteristics of trees - very informative - details the differences between coniferous and deciduous trees

EXPLORING PLANTS: Rebecca Olien, Scholastic
ISBN 0-590-96372-4
Excellent hands-on activities for students involving plants, seeds, leaves, flowers and fruits. This book includes literature links, reproducibles and cross-curricular project ideas - highly recommended to accompany a unit on forestry, trees or plants.

Eye Know Tree- Penelope Arlon
Dorling Kindersley
ISBN:0-7566-1773-1
New for 2006, this unique book will help middle elementary students to discover new facts about the wonders of the forest, how trees grow and the wood products that we use. It contains many lift-up flaps and fold out pages with interesting information and beautiful photographs.

EYEWITNESS EXPLORERS TREES: Linda Gamlin - Stoddart Publishing – Toronto
ISBN 0-7737-2662-4
A very informative book about various aspects of trees - excellent book for strong readers at the gr. 2/3 level but also appropriate for intermediate research development of communities (Socials) - late primary to mid intermediate

FALL: A Guide to Nature, Activities and Fun - Pat Wishart & Diane Hayley - Lone Pine Pub.
ISBN 1-55105-048-X
This guide includes topics such as owls, bat, bears, etc. and good ideas and information on trees, shrubs, nuts and seeds - includes information, poems, music, etc.

FAREWELL TO SHADY GLADE: Bill Peet - Houghton Mifflin Company Boston
ISBN 0-395-31128-4
An enjoyable story about some animals who lost their home and eventually relocated - could be developed as a LA project such as story mapping

Fire- The Renewal of a Forest -Celia Godkin
Fitzhenry & Whiteside (2006)
ISBN: 1-55041-889-0
This beautifully-illustrated book portrays the forest life cycle, describing how, on a hot, dry day in summer, the forest ignites into an inferno and then the aftermath, as life gradually returns to the forest. Extra information on forest fires and the recovery of the forest after a fire can also be found following the story.

FOREST - DK EYE WONDER: Deborah Lock and Lorrie Mack - Dorling Kindersley Ltd.
ISBN: 0-7894-9759-X
Introduces facts about forests around the world and some of the changes through the seasons. Full of full-colour photographs and facts about trees and forests and the plants and animals that populate them.

FOREST: David Burnie – Firefly Books
ISBN 1-55209-278-X
A beautifully illustrated book that could be used as a teacher guide. This book includes information on trees, leaves, pollen and seeds, insect attacks, tree defences and much more.

FOREST RANGER: Michael J. Pellowski, Troll Associates
ISBN 0-8167-1423-1
A story about the career of a forest ranger. Emphasis is placed on safety, equipment , fire, pests and forest users and needs.

Forestry A-Z: Kathleen Cook Waldron & Ann Walsh
Orca Books (2008)
ISBN: 978-1-55143-504-6
A new BC-based hardcover forestry book for middle elementary students from two acclaimed Cariboo authors. This contains informative text and beautiful colour photos depicting BC forestry in a visually-appealing, alphabetiized format that will help students to learn about trees and modern forestry. Useful for both reading enjoyment and research.

Forests- Cynthia Klingel and Robert Noyed
The Child's World
ISBN: 1-56766-973-5
A phonics-based book for beginning readers, providing information about plants and animals in the forest. Includes an index and a list of books and websites for further study

Forests For All: Melanie Richardson Dundy, MDCT Publishing
ISBN 0-9674491-2-X $11.95
This book uses animal characters and 2 ‘loggers’ to introduce young children to the factors that are considered when managing a forest for all users... the needs of animals, recreational users and the forest sector must be balanced to ensure a healthy forest for the future. Books and accompanying coloring books can be ordered directly from www.forestsforall.com

FORESTRY: Jane Drake & Ann Love, Kids Can Press Ltd., Toronto
ISBN 1-55074-227-2
A recently published book that tells the story of forestry from harvest to replanting. It makes reference to the multi-uses of the forest. There is a section on harvesting by clearcutting and selective logging - this provides a great opportunity to refer to the information as general in nature, specific or opinion oriented. A great follow-up would be to invite a forester into the class as a presenter on forest management
Contains excellent information and exercises for students (intermediate one can be adapted to primary)

FROM SEED TO PLANT: Gail Gibbons
ISBN 0-8234-0872-8
Contains rich colored diagrams and good presentation on growth from seed to plant

GET GROWING!: Lois Walker - John Wiley & Sons Inc. – Toronto
ISBN 0-471-54488-4
A wonderful book full of ideas for growing many different kinds of plants - excellent for all primary grades

Giants in the Land- Diana Appelbaum
Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN:0-6618-03305-X
A tale of the felling and transporting of the giant oak and white pine trees of New England in the 1700's, this book relates how these valuable trees were used for masts of British sailing ships, until the American Revolution ended British control of the Colonies. An interesting story to share about the history of these ancient forests.

GREEN THUMBS UP (The Science of Growing Plants): Barbara Taylor - Random House
ISBN 0-679-82042-6
Simple science experiments for beginners

GROWING A GREEN THUMB: Lorraine Surcouf - Greey de Pencier Publications
This book provides good planting information, some art and cooking projects, some information on birds, insects, composting - good used as a guide for teachers or for later primary or intermediate students

HABITATS: Pamela Hickman, Kids Can Press Ltd.
ISBN 1-55074-066-0
Making discoveries in the outdoors - this great book deals with topics such as life in a rotting log, watching wood lice, a forest under glass, mounds of moss, turn a pond into a forest plus worms, ants, slugs and snails - covers several science related areas of study - discusses various ways of making observation containers

HANDS ON SCIENCE: Teacher Created Materials, Inc. USA
ISBN 1-55734-224-5
Two activity books available – one for primary, one intermediate
Contains excellent information and exercises for students (intermediate one can be adapted to primary)

HOW A BOOK IS MADE: Aliki – Harper Trophy
ISBN 0-06-446085-1
The story of book making - appropriate for upper primary - good vocabulary - good preliminary for a book making project

HOW IS IT MADE?: Moore, Evans, Tryon - Evan-Moore Corp. - Monterey, Calif
ISBN 1-55799-162-6
Three excellent mini-units on pencils, ice-cream and sneakers (each one has some element of "forestry" attached - use of by-products)

HOW A SEED GROWS: Helene Jordan - Thomas Crowell Company - New York
A great beginners book - suggests various ways to plant seeds and the stages of growth - good for early primary

HOW SEEDS TRAVEL: Cynthia Overbek - Lerner Publications
A very informative book on seed travel and growth - excellent photographs - appropriate for mid to late primary

HISTORIC COMMUNITIES: Bobbie Kalman – Crabtree Publishing
The Kitchen – ISBN 0-86505-504-T
Visiting a Village – ISBN 0-86505-507-6
These books cover a wide range of the early uses of wood as well as the history of early communities. Both would enhance a unit on community history and early forestry.

I AM A TREE: from the Who Am I series
A story about seed to tree - interesting graphics - could be used in art as a study on color, line and design

I WONDER WHY: Trees Have Leaves- Andrew Charman - Kingfisher
ISBN: 0-7534-5094-1
Information and quirky facts to explain the answers to questions, from “Which forests grow in the sea?” to “Why do roots grow so long?” Beautiful illustrations and easy to read text. More plant information with some tree facts and questions. Hard or soft cover.

I WONDER WHY PINE TREES HAVE NEEDLES (and other questions about forests): Jackie Gaff - Kingfisher
ISBN: 0- 7534-5861-6
This book is new for 2005 in the I Wonder Why series and is more directly appropriate for forest education, answering all sort of questions about forests, from “Where is the biggest forest?” to “Which forests have the largest leaves?” Beautifully illustrated and filled with lots of forest facts and quirky details. Hard cover available.

IN THE WOODS (See, Make and Do): Pamela Hickman – Formac Publishing
ISBN 0-88780-412-8
This is an excellent introduction to forest ecology. The book includes nature study activities, information on woodland animals, craft ideas using forest materials, plus safety and conservation tips for hiking in the woods

IN WOODS AND FORESTS: Tessa Paul – Crabtree Publishing Company
ISBN 0-86505-592-0
“Discover the secrets of animals and birds. Learn how weasels make their hunting grounds. Find out why magpies frighten other birds, and how raccoons wash their food. Learn to identify animal tracks. This excellent book would be appropriate for primary and lower intermediate students.

I TOOK A WALK: Henry Cole - Greenwillow Books
ISBN 0-688-15115-9
A fabulous picture book for primary children. Many intermediate children will enjoy hunting for the animals found in the bushes, trees, streams etc. A good introduction to looking carefully at your environment and all life that exists there.

JASON’S NEW DUGOUT CANOE: Joe Barber-Starkey – Harbour Publishing
ISBN 1-55017-229-8.
A young Nootka boy is taught the skill of canoe making by his grandfather, a skill “passed down to him from their ancestors for hundreds of years”.
Note: It is unlikely that the cedar tree would live once a block was cut out for the canoe

JOHNNY APPLESEED: Louis Sabin - Trool Associates
ISBN 0-8167-0221
There are many other versions of this book available - discusses the apple tree legend

LEAF AND TREE GUIDE: Rona Beame - Workman Publishing - New York
ISBN 0-89450-343-3
Good general information and activities for grades K-3

LEARN ABOUT TREES: Peter Mellett, Lorenz Books
ISBN 1 85967 313 9
An excellent reference book for teachers or for high end primary readers - gives a wide variety of tree information and includes many student activities - a "must" for a unit on trees!

LET'S LEARN AT THE NEWSPAPER: Kathy Thoresen & Carole MacKenthum - American Teaching Aids
ISBN 0-382-29908-6
A thematic unit on newspaper for the primary classroom - could be used (forestry byproduct) to develop along with a unit on trees - lots of excellent ideas to use following a field trip to a newspaper

LOOK AT A TREE: Eileen Curran - Troll Associates
A very simple story that introduces the many signs of nature existing in trees - has potential as a story writing project similar to Brown Bear, Brown Bear....

LOOKING AT TREES AND LEAVES: Lara Bergen - Grosset & Dunlop
ISBN: 0-448-42157-3
An elementary field guide to leave and trees, including a leaf ID chart and stickers with illustrations and photographs.

LOST IN THE WOODS: Colleen Politano - LCS Publishing
ISBN 0-934802-83-1
A survival story - ties in with unit on safety - video available as well

MAPS AND MAPPING: Barbara Taylor – Kingfisher

Martin Mars - The Mighty Water Bomber: Suzan Coulson
ISBN: 978-0-9812987-1-9
A new children's book about BC's famed Martin Mars water bombers is hot off the presses, with highly-appealing illustrations by noted Canadian artist Dianne Bersea.  With few aviation books available for children, the author tells the story of these mighty aircraft, beginning with their role in the Second World War up to their current use in fighting wildfires around the world, using characters based on real life people, aircraft and equipment.

The book is available at Vancouver Island bookstores or from the Coulson Group Office in Port Alberni. To see excerpts from the story and its illustrations or to order online, go to: www.martinmars.com/books.htm#01

MATH IN THE GARDEN: Laura Mackey - Evan-Moore Corp. - Monterey, Calif.
ISBN 1-55799-320-3
An activity based workbook dealing with graphing, measurement, etc.

MATHEMATICS IN THE SCHOOL GROUNDS: Zoe Rhydderch-Evans - Southgate
ISBN 1-85741-021-1
A tremendous book that includes several practical activities involving: number work, measurement, shape and space and data work in the school yard - geared toward upper primary and intermediate but ideas could be adapted to early primary

MIGHTY TREE: Dick Gackenbach - Gulliver Books - Harcourt Brace & Company
ISBN 0-15-200519-6
A beautifully illustrated book that depicts a balanced view of trees (combines nature and commercial function) and is done in a simplistic, effective way

MY UNCLE JACK'S A LOGGER: Lulu Loyd, Neraida Press
ISBN 0-9680217-0-0
A "locally" developed story about a city girl who visits her uncle at Port Alberni during spring break and learns about forest harvesting - upper primary

ONCE THERE WAS A BEAR: Natalia Romanova, Puffin Pied Piper
A lovely illustrated book about an aging tree in the forest - its many users and the fate of the tree over time - it becomes a stump and then is replaced by a new tree - the cycle begins again. Primary science connection.

OUR ENVIRONMENT: Time Life Student Library – Time-Life Books
An excellent resource for students learning about the environment. Some sample topics: spheres of life, cycles of life, ecosystems, biodiversity, climate, forests (varied types), mountains, deserts, pollution. Although this is most appropriate for grades 4-7, it would be of interest at any level.
ISBN 0-7835-1358-5

OUT ON A LIMB: Scott K. Peterson - Lerner Publications Company - Minneapolis
ISBN 0-8225-9582-6
An appealing book of riddles about trees and plants - could be used to create other topical riddles or as an extension to a forestry unit (seeds, reforestation, etc.)

OX-CART MAN: Donald Hall – The Viking Press, New York
ISBN 0-670-53328-9
This delightful Caldecott award winning book illustrates a story about pioneer family life. This book would be appropriate to use for community development, history and wood use.

PLANT: Pamela Hickman - Kids Can Press Ltd.
ISBN 1-55074-331-7
A beautifully illustrated book that teaches about plants in your neighbourhood as well as plants found across Canada. This book contains plant facts as well as experiments that can be completed at school or at home. A good book for primary or early intermediate.

PLANTS: Ontario Science Centre, Kids Can Press Ltd.,
ISBN 1-55074-193-4
A great book with many ideas for student activities involving plants - the format in this book is very colorful and easy to follow - a great guide for teachers or for students to use for research purposes (as a student book - a strong grade two reader and up)

PLANT WISE: The Federation of Ontario Naturalists
ISBN 1-55074-044-X
Fascinating facts and amazing activities to make you plant wise - contains a chapter on trees, ferns, mosses and many more.....

RED LEAF, YELLOW LEAF: Lois Ehlert - Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich Publishers
ISBN 0-15-266197-2
Incredibly illustrated book that tells the story of a sugar maple tree - could be followed up with art lesson - collage construction; overlays, etc.

SCIENCE IN A BAG: Teacher Created Materials, Inc.
ISBN-1-55734-197-4
Another good science activity resource - covers life science (plants, animals), earth science (soil, volcanic action, weight, clouds, rocks), physical science (simple machines, simple chemistry, electricity and magnetism), paper passage - a great activity for students exploring how you can step through a piece of paper while it is still intact!

SINCE 1920: Alexandra Wallner - Doubleday Books (out of print)
A family moves into the country only to experience "population growth" once again - the destruction and rebuilding of a neighborhood - could be used to discuss needs for forest products (more commercial side of the industry) - could be used to demonstrate values – out of print

SNIPS & SNAILS & WALNUT WHALES: Phyllis Fiarotta - Workman Publishing
ISBN 0-911104-75-5
A book of nature crafts for children - many ideas for cones and seeds

THE AMAZING APPLE BOOK: Paulette Bourgeois - Kids Can Press Ltd. - Toronto
A wonderful resource book on apples - includes stories, information and great activities

THE AMAZING PAPER BOOK: Paulette Bourgeois - Kids Can Press Ltd.
ISBN 0-921103-82-4
An excellent book that details paper development - why we need it - before paper - modern paper inventions - nature's papermakers - making paper - pioneer loggers - forestry questions paper mill tour - etc.- has good potential for a long term unit on trees - easily adaptable to primary

THE BALLOON TREE: Phoebe Gillman - Scholastic
ISBN 0-590-24313-6
Fairy tale type story - follow up activity could be science related and hooked into the rubber tree/gum tree story

THE BIG TREE: Bruce Hiscock, Aladdin Books
ISBN 0-689-71803-9
A story about a sugar maple tree (in Northern New York) - a good book that illustrates the characteristics of seed germination/photosynthesis/growth - although there is some mention of historical events in the US, this book would be good for late primary

THE FIRE STEALER: retold by William Toye - Toronto Oxford University Press
ISBN 19-5405153
An Indian legend - involves a creator-magician of the Ojibwa who is able to turn himself into many things - discusses native uses of wood - good for use as a drama exercise or as a story retold

THE FIRST RED MAPLE: Ludmila Zeman, Tundra Books
ISBN 0-88776-372-3
A great story about a European refugee who interprets the symbolism of our Canadian maple leaf - beautiful illustrations - a go

THE FOREST WHERE ASHLEY LIVES: Mark and Ashley Vitosh - Iowa State University Extension
ISBN: 0-9700528-0-4
The importance of trees in an urban setting, with tree facts and illustrations as told by Ashley as she describes her town and her father’s work.

THE GIVING TREE: Shel Silverstein - Harper Collins Publishing
ISBN 0-06-025665-6
The story of a boy and an apple tree - the changes that occur over time - could be literature based - good for sequential development

THE KIDS CANADIAN TREE BOOK: Pamela Hickman - Kids Can Press - Toronto
ISBN 1-55074-198-5
This book discusses various types of trees, leaves, forests, fruits, etc. It also provides some good activity ideas

THE LEAF ALBUM: F.A. Urquhart - University of Toronto Press
A book covering deciduous trees in Canada - more useful for intermediate but some of it could be used for indigenous leaf identification

THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE OAK TREE: Paula Z. Hogan - Raintree Children's Books
Excellent illustrated account of the life of the oak tree

THE LITTLE FIR TREE: Margaret Wise Brown – HarperTrophy
ISBN 0-06-443083-9
This story would be a good partner with TheYear of the Perfect Christmas Tree

The Logger's Alphabet- Terrianne Hawkings
Self- Published (2009)
From A-Z, this forest education book written by a Cariboo educator covers many aspects of forest harvesting, from skidders and excavators to reforestation and safety. Suitable for mid-elementary grades with great close-up photos of big machines sure to catch the students' interest.

THE MAGIC FORT: Juanita Havill - Houghton Mifflin Company
A story about two boys and their experiences in the "magic fort", an old willow tree

THE MAGIC TREE: Gerald McDermott - Henry Holt and Company
ISBN 0-8050-3080-8
A tale from the Congo - vivid geometric illustrations - good to develop as a literature activity - could follow up with a lesson on symmetry in math

THE MAN WHO COULDN'T STOP SNEEZING: Gary L. Saunders - Dept. of Natural Resources - Nova Scotia
ISBN 0-88871-221-9
The story of a man who couldn't stop sneezing and the events that led to the discovery of why - great to use as a prediction activity

THE MAPLE SYRUP BOOK: Marilyn Linton - Kids Can Press Ltd., Toronto
ISBN 0-919964-52-4
The story of maple sugar, how it was discovered, tapping, yesterday and today - includes some good activities

THE OAK: Andrienne Soutter-Perrot - American Education Publishing
ISBN 1-56189-170-3
The story of the life cycle of an oak tree - brief and very informative

THE PAPER BOOK: Fun things to make and do with paper, Hannah Tofts, TWO CAN
A book of ideas suggesting various things to make using different types of paper

THERE'S DIRT IN THE FOREST: Pacific Educational Press
Good resource book about soil and the forest - includes some experiments

The Secret Life of Trees: Chiara Chevalier
Leapfrog Press Ltd. (1999)
ISBN: 978-0-7854-4760-9
Stunning photographs combine with lively illustrations and simple text in this DK Level 2 reader. A good source of basic information about such topics as parts of trees, trees as wildlife homes, conifers and broad-leaved trees and how trees grow.

The Stump Book- 1975 & Touch a Tree-1990
Pacific Educational Press- UBC
www.pep.educ.ubc.ca
Teacher resource booklets developed by UBC's Education Faculty in conjunction with the Ministry of Forests and BC Forest Service. Lesson plans and activities around forest exploration and observation with teacher facts and background info on tree growth, rotting logs, forest creatures, wood properties, lumber manufacture, BC facts, etc.

THE TREE IN THE ANCIENT FOREST: Carol Reed-Jones - Dawn Publications
ISBN: 1-883220-31-9
Repetitive, cumulative verse that tells the story of the plants and animals living around an ancient fir tree in the forest.

THE TREE: Pascale de Bourgoing and Gallimard Jeunesse - Moonlight Publishing
ISBN 1-85103-087-5
A beautifully illustrated book with colored overlays – discusses the chestnut tree and deciduous and evergreen trees in general

The Tree Farmer - Chuck Leavell & Nicholas Cravotta
VSP Books, Inc. (2005)
ISBN 1-893622-16-9
This book takes readers on a journey through the forest, with a grandfather telling his grandson about the trees he grows on his farm, and the wonderful things they might become if they are harvested. As well, he shares his love for the forest and the importance of using the forest resource carefully and preserving it for the future. Beautifully-illustrated with silk paintings to enhance the text.

THE TREE IN THE WOOD: Christopher Manson - North-South Books, New York
ISBN 1-55858-320-3
A good sequential story - well illustrated - could be used with art to illustrate patterns, border prints, etc.

THE TREMENDOUS TREE BOOK: Barbara Brenner and May Garelick - Boyds
Mill Press
ISBN 1-56397-718-4
A "combination of graphics and well-chosen words" is used to give facts about trees and how they benefit all creatures. A good primary level read aloud that can teach children about trees or use as a buddy reader with an older student.

THE YEAR OF THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE: Gloria Houston - Dial Books
ISBN 0-8037-0299-X
A wonderful Christmas story - lends itself to the story of trees in general - could be developed along with strategies activities - eg. Listen-Sketch-Draft, etc.

THE YOUNG SCIENTIST INVESTIGATES SEEDS AND SEEDLINGS: Terry Jennings, Oxford University Press
ISBN 0-19-917049-5
An excellent book that illustrates the story of seeds, also includes practical activities for students highly recommended

TIMBER! From Trees to Wood Products: William Jaspersohn; Little, Brown and Co.,
ISBN 0-316-45825-2
This excellent book tells the story of how trees are turned into the materials that make up so many of the objects we see and use in our daily lives. It includes excellent pictures of current harvesting machines and illustrates the process from tree cutting to mill processing - this includes the production of lumber, veneer, chips and pulp. A great starter book for teachers and students alike - the photographs and the information format make it a must for anyone teaching a unit on forestry. Grade appropriate: 2,3,4 (could perhaps used with gr. 5 as a research activity - read to discover and present to the class....)

TREE: Eyewitness Books
ISBN 0-7737-2181-9
An excellent book that covers varied information on trees - super illustrations

TREE ALMANAC: A year-round activity guides - Monica Russo – Sterling
Chalk full of tree information - good diagrams and photographs

TREE BOOK: Learning to Recognize Trees of B.C.
Available through the Canadian Forest Service
www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/library/documents/treebook
ISBN 0-7726-2159-4
A super guide to tree ID - excellent photos, diagrams and information

TREES: Macdonald Starters
A very basic, introductory book about trees - mention given to other trees (palm, date, cocoa, banana, orange, rubber) - could work as stepping stone to other unique trees

TREES: Usborne First Nature - Ruth Thomson
A very informative book - appropriate for later primary children for research purposes

TREES (The Earth's Garden): Jason Cooper - Rourke Enterprises, Inc. Florida
ISBN 0-86592-621-2
Beautifully illustrated beginners book on trees

TREES IN THE SCHOOL GROUNDS: Rosemary Clark and Peter Walters - Southgate
ISBN 1-85741-095-5
Similar to the one listed above, but this book involves the many aspects of trees - includes surveying, local tree specie awareness, photosynthesis, tree dwellers, nature's design and technology, tree products, wood properties, etc. Could also be adapted to primary although appropriately set up for intermediate students

TREES, LEAVES AND BARK: Diane L. Burns – North Word Press
ISBN 1-55971-477-8
Although this book covers tree species in the US, much of the information is relative to BC - each species is fully described and "interesting facts" about the trees are part of the description - format could be used as a sample for a species ID class project

Wacky Trees- D. M. Souza
Watts Library (Franklin Watts)
ISBN: 0-531-16426-X
This resource book first provides some background on the function of trees, followed by many facts about the unique trees to be found around the world, how man uses them for products and how they have adapted to survive in their sometimes harsh surroundings.

What is a Forest? Monica Hughes
Heinemann Library
ISBN: 1-4034-6281-X
A visually-appealing book with a question at the top of each section and the answer below, accompanied by large, colour photos and simple text with new technical words in bold print. Includes a picture glossary with page references.

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A FOREST RANGER: Michael J. Pellowski - Troll Associates
ISBN 0-8167-1423-1
This book depicts the varied tasks facing rangers - a good book to accompany a careers unit

WHY DO LEAVES CHANGE COLOR?: Betsy Maestro - Harper/Collins Publishers
ISBN 0-06445126-7
A good book to accompany “Be a Friend to Trees”- same format - tells the story of deciduous trees – explains the function and characteristics of leaves

WOODSWALK: Henry Art and Michael Robbins - Storey Books
ISBN: 1-58017-452-3
The wonders of the forests revealed, from east to west, spring to winter, and all sorts of details on what you will see, hear and smell when you are exploring the woods. Filled with photographs and drawings and lots of forest facts!!

YOUR OWN BEST SECRET PLACE: Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall - Scribner & Sons
ISBN 0-684-16111-7
A lovely story about a boy who had a secret hiding place in a tree - good to accompany
creative writing project


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