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Longwood Community Read 2022

Join our community partner Longwood Gardens for Community Read—a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation.

Book Cover: The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham

The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors
By David George Haskell

Journey with David Haskell as he repeatedly visits a dozen trees in cities from Manhattan to Jerusalem, forests (Amazonian, North American, and boreal) and areas on the front lines of environmental change, including eroding coastlines, burned mountainsides, and war zones. In each place he shows how human history, ecology, and well-being are intimately intertwined with the lives of trees.

Scientific, lyrical, and contemplative, The Songs of Trees reveals the biological connections that underpin all life. In a world beset by barriers, Haskell reminds us that life’s substance and beauty emerge from relationship and interdependence.

Visit our Community Read StoryMap to explore the many connections between the trees Haskell visits in his book and Longwood’s trees.

Cover image: Ruby's Birds by Mya Thompson

We Planted a Tree
By Diane Muldrow
Illustrated by Bob Staake

In this poetic picture book with environmental themes and illustrated by award-winning artist Bob Staake, two young families in two very different parts of the world each plant a tree.

As the trees flourish, so do the families . . . while trees all over the world help clean the air, enrich the soil, and give fruit and shade.

With a nod to Kenya’s successful Green Belt Movement, Muldrow’s elegant text celebrates the life and hope that every tree—from Paris to Brooklyn to Tokyo—brings to our planet.

You can place this title on hold or read it at the Brantwood Park Story Trail

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