Guest Librarian: Books Inspired by The Lorax

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I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees!” – The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Instead of giving you a list of books by Dr. Seuss to celebrate his birthday (it’s March 2nd by the way), I’m giving you a list of picture books about trees in honor of The Lorax, which was Seuss’ own favorite of all his books. The Lorax is a small creature who tries to protect the Truffula Trees from being chopped down. So let’s celebrate spring and trees by reading some terrific tree books!

Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup

An owl peeks through the book all the way to the cover, inviting you to open this brand new picture book.

Starting in winter, rhyming text brings the reader on a journey through all the seasons while animals play and days and nights pass. Ask your children if they can spot the different animals and nature elements mentioned on each page!


Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Get your fingers out because they are required for reading this book! Now follow the instructions on each page – the tapping makes all the magic happen. What magic you ask? The magic of helping the little tree through the seasons: rub the page to help buds grow, or blow a kiss for some fruit to appear.


Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid

“Picture a tree. What do you see?” Trees can be so many different things, and help you do different activities too.

Read this book for some ideas, then get out your different crafting supplies and make a tree of your very own!


Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel, illustrated by David Catrow

Trees in your yard are great for swings, climbing, hide-and-seek and can be part of the family too.

Steve was all that and more, but couldn’t be there forever. Sometimes we lose things we love, but sometimes things we thought we’d lost can just be made into something new!


Redwoods by Jason Chin

From the city subway to the California Redwoods, this book within a book will inform and amaze you and your little ones. As you learn about the ancient trees that live in a rainforest habitat and create a home for plants and animals that live nowhere else on earth, visit the National Geographic Redwoods site for real life pictures and video of the forest.



Here at the Vernon Area Public Library, we use the five early literacy practices — TALK, SING, READ, WRITE, PLAY — as the foundation for all of our storytimes. It’s never too early to start on these five activities to set the stage for reading readiness.

We offer storytimes beginning at birth, and all are welcome to stop by and visit — no library card required. But if you are a resident, you can sign up for your library card while you are here! Find our calendar of storytimes and other events.

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Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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