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Narrated by “Nuts” the playful squirrel and inspired by the wondrous science of trees, Do Trees Have Mothers? aims to spark a connection to nature in children ages 3 to 8 years old. As research tells us, the earlier a child is introduced to the natural world, the more likely they will choose to live within its wonder and calm, as well as feel a responsibility as its future custodian.

With whimsical illustrations and age-appropriate text, Do Trees Have Mothers? is a non-fiction book that translates scientific knowledge about the kinship structures of the forest into an affirming story about how trees nurture their young. Discover all the ways in which a mother tree protects and nourishes the baby trees of the forest understory.

Meet "Nuts", the original tree planter and playful narrator of Do Trees Have Mothers?

Eighty percent of the time he forgets where his nuts are stashed!

Nuts the original mother tree planter
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"This beautifully designed and illustrated picture book is a first introduction to how trees support one another, based on the science detailed in books like The Hidden Life of Trees and Finding the Mother Tree.

Canadian Teacher

"I am pleased to share my positive experience following a recent author visit with Charles Bongers. The focus on trees was so beneficial to our primary students and their learning. Charles engaged our students through interactive storytelling and informative discussions. His visit deepened our students' understanding of nature and sparked their curiosity. His ability to make complex topics accessible and interesting was particularly noteworthy. I would recommend Charles to any school seeking enriching author visits that align with curriculum goals."

Laura Mustard / Librarian, St Clement's School - Toronto


"We were thrilled to welcome Charles to share his story with our Grade 3 classes and we were amazed at how many cross-curricular links our students made with reading, science, and art. The storybook will become a reference point for so many topics throughout our school year. Above all, it was encouraging to see young students view nature in a different way, and hopefully, their developing understanding of the interconnectedness that trees bring to our world will guide their actions as they grow older." Darren Donahue / Grade 3 Teacher, Crescent School - Toronto

"An engaging, effectively illustrated introduction to a rarely covered nature subject for young readers." 


“This book will help a child to build a lifelong connection to nature by learning about the secret and tender life of trees and the magical web of life that surrounds and supports us.”

―Tara Zupancic, MPH, Public Health Scientist

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