Call Me Tree/Llámame Árbol

Written and illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez

Hardcover: out of stock

What does it mean to be like a tree?
For one young child, it all begins
as a tiny seed
that is free to grow
and reach out to others
while standing strong and tall—
just like a tree in the natural world.

With this gentle and imaginative story about becoming your fullest self, Maya Christina Gonzalez empowers young readers to dream and reach . . . and to be as free and unique as trees.

Read why Maya Christina Gonzalez decided to make her new picture book Call Me Tree completely gender neutral.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Maya Christina Gonzalez - Author, Illustrator

is a widely exhibited artist renowned for her vivid imagery of strong women and girls. She has illustrated nearly twenty children’s books, and her artwork has appeared on the cover of Contemporary Chicano/a Art. My Colors, My World was the first book Maya both wrote and illustrated. Books that Maya illustrated include Laughing Tomatoes, From the Bellybutton of the Moon, and Angels Ride Bikes. She lives and plays in San Francisco, California.

About This Title


Hardcover: 9780892392940


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Best Books of the Year, Honorable Mention
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Interest Level:

Grades K - 4

Reading Level:

Grades 1 - 3


Animal/Biodiversity/Plant Adaptations, Animals, Beginning Concepts, Bilingual, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Comparing/Classifying/Measuring, Cultural Diversity, Environment/Nature, Exploring Ecosystems, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Imagination, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Nature/Science, Poetry

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