The Book Tree

When young Arlo accidentally drops a book on the Mayor's head, the Mayor decides books are dangerous and destroys all the books in town! But thanks to Arlo's imagination and perserverance, the Mayor finds that suppressing stories cannot stop them from blossoming more beautifully than ever. This timely allegorical tale will be a useful tool for starting conversations with children about activism and the power of the written word. Download the press release > >

AGES 4 – 9  |  32PP  |  8.5 x 10.75 IN

HARDCOVER | 9781782854050 | $17.99 USD

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Celebrates the activist power of the written word and story-making while proclaiming the ability of just one child to make a difference in the world.


Honored by 50 awards worldwide, a six-time winner of the Bologna Book Fair, and illustrator of over 65 books, Rashin Kheiriyeh uses her unique vision to create a visually arresting tale.


Arlo's refusal to accept the Mayor's proclamation encourages children to think for themselves and fosters a positive attitude toward reading and books.


Paul Czajak struggled with reading and writing as a child, and never thought he'd end up writing books. But after working as a scientist for 20 years, he discovered that his creativity could no longer be contained to the laboratory. Now he hopes his books will be the seeds to a new generation of book gardeners! Paul lives in New Jersey, USA.


Rashin Kheiriyeh is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator, author, animation director and painter who has more than 70 children's books published around the world. Born in Iran, she is now a professor at the University of Maryland College Park and lives in Washington, Dc, USA.

Kirkus logo   "This story’s optimistic view of creativity and resistance is fairly irresistible."
Kirkus Reviews
   "This delicious and subversive little parable of a book, with its lyrical text and anarchic pictures, is just what we need in today's world"
Jane Yolen, award-winning children's author
Publishers Weekly Logo  "...shines a light on the importance of the written word, creativity, and the idea that even censorship cannot stop ideas from growing and blooming...a beautiful book with a beautiful message"
Emily Golightly, ESL Educator, President of the Crystal Coast Reading Council
  "This book is gorgeous...I think that it will be welcome in all libraries. It would be especially fun to read during Banned Books Week in September."
Lispy Librarian
Reading Style Guide logo  "[The] illustrations underscore the universality of stories."
Reading Style Guide
The Dog Eared Book Logo  "I loved this clever book with great illustrations and a message that both adults and children should read and learn!"
— The Dog Eared Book
  "Paul Czajak has given a short and simple example of how very important books are. . . Kheiriyeh's collage-style illustrations are wonderful visually and texturally. A definite must for school libraries!"
— Sarah Overvaag, librarian
  "Children can make a positive impact on their community as shown in this book. In showing the power of books and the written word, it reminds us that communities and people are multi-dimensional and can influence all aspect of life around us, even a child."
— TDS Library
  "Creative and original, The Book Tree is a story about the power of books and stories. The illustrations are fresh and colorful, making this a picture book children and parents will enjoy!"
— Bookmarks

"Talk about a timely story. With an autocrat who's afraid of books ("Books are dangerous! I don't trust them. They act like seeds, which grow into ideas, and ideas turn into questions.") and tries to control the flow of knowledge, reading becomes the ultimate act of resistance. . . The Book Tree eloquently captures society today, making it a cautionary tale as much as it's an inspirational one. . . Add this one to your activist collections, and make sure to stick this one on your Banned Books Week storytime for next year."
— Rosemary Kiladitis (@roesolo), children's librarian

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