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Tree of Life Project

Are you interested in tree folklore and environmental resources for education and storytelling? As part of the Tree of Life Project, here TRACS presents a list of useful websites and books.


Tree of Life blog:

Fairytales and mythology resource:

Collection of tree folklore:

Environmental stories:

Scottish stories:

Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland:

Native American Legends:

Environmental myths and legends for children:

PDF of Tree Tales by Claire Hewitt, for the Scottish Forestry Commission:$FILE/fcms128.pdf

Author Glennie Kindred's website with books on trees and treelore:



A Tree in Your Pocket

Jacqueline Memory Paterson, Published by Thorsons 1998 ISBN 0 7225 3778 6

Tales from the Forest

Ian Edwards with illustrations from Eri Griffin, Published by Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 2011 ISBN 978 1 906129 76 7

The Healing Heart for Communities: Storytelling for Strong and Healthy Communities (Families)

Eds. Allison Cox, David Albert, Published by New Society Publishers 2003 ISBN 978 0 865714 68 7

Spirit of the Forest: Tree Tales from Around the World

Helen East, Eric Maddern and Alan Marks, Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books 2007 ISBN 978 1 845072 68 1

Tree Wisdom: The definitive guidebook to the myth, folklore and healing power of Trees

Jacqueline Memory Paterson, Published by Thorsons 1996 ISBN 978 0 722534 083

Into the Forest: An Anthology of Tree Poems

Ed. Mandy Haggith, Published by Saraband 2013 ISBN 978 1 908643 18 6

The Secret Life of Trees: How they Live and Why they Matter

Colin Tudge, Published by Penguin 2006 ISBN 978 0 141012 93 3

Native American Animal Stories (Myths and Legends)

Joseph Bruchac and Michael J. Caduto, Published by Fulcrum Inc. 1993 ISBN 978 1 555911 27 0

Native Plant Stories

Joseph Bruchac and Michael J. Caduto, Published by Fulcrum Inc. 1995 ISBN 978 1 555912 12 3

Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children

Joseph Bruchac and Michael J. Caduto, Published by Fulcrum Inc. 1988 ISBN 978 1 555913 85 4

Earth Tales from Around the World

Joseph Bruchac and Michael J. Caduto, Published by Fulcrum Inc. 2006 ISBN 978 1 555919 68 9

Eleven Nature Tales: A Multicultural Journey

Pleasant De Spain, Published by August House 1996 ISBN 978 0 874834 58 1

Earth Care: World Folktales to Talk About

Margaret Read Macdonald, Published by August House 2005 ISBN 978 0 874837 84 1

The Wonder Garden: Nature Myths and Tales From all the World Over for Story-telling and Reading Aloud and for the Children's Own Reading

Frances Jenkins Olcott, Published by Forgotten Books 2015 ISBN 978 1 331403 18 0

Can be accessed here

Myths of the Sacred Tree

Moyra Caldecott, Published by Destiny Books 1993 ISBN 978 0 892814 14 5


Alida Gersie, Published by Green Print 1992 ISBN 1 85425 065 5

Storytelling for a Greener World

Alida Gersie, Published by Hawthorne Press 2014 ISBN 978 1 907359 35 4

Olive Tree by Annalisa Salis

Illustration: 'Olive Tree' by Annalisa Salis