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Hello Teachers and Program Directors!

We're so happy to have the opportunity to share Do Trees Have Mothers?  with young readers in schools, libraries, camps and weekend program environments! Connecting kids to nature is the most important thing we can do to inspire our future forest custodians and support their well-being in the natural world.

Visits with Charles Bongers, author and illustrator of Do Trees Have Mothers?, include a full morning or afternoon with 2 to 3 smaller sessions of 35 to 45 minutes. Based on our experience, 3 groups of JK/SK, Grade 1 and Grade 2/3 work best. While the book’s narrator, “Nuts” the playful squirrel, engages all ages, the older kids will be more interested in the science of trees inspired by books like The Hidden Life of Trees and Finding The Mother Tree. Charles appropriately tweaks his presentation and discussion based on students’ ages and their scientific knowledge of nature and ecology


How our visit works

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"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

"The obvious link between Do Trees Have Mothers? and school curricula is to biology and ecology within the science curriculum, but links could also be made to human families and communities by comparing how trees nurture other organisms to how people support one another in healthy societies. This would make a great foundational book for schools planning scaffolded ecology units across the grades. A detached activity guide, outlining three activities suitable for young learners, accompanies the book."Review by Diana Mumford  for Canadian Teacher

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"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

Tree activities for your students

Look around! The mother tree is always the easiest one to spot. It’s the really big one in the middle of all its offspring. Trees are capable of communicating and learning. Mother trees teach their saplings to detect danger and even to call out when they are thirsty. If one of the youngsters gets sick, the mother tree will nourish it with carbon and nutrients.

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