Call Me Tree/Llámame Árbol
Written and illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez
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
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
Tejas Star Reading List
Texas Library Association (TLA)
Best Books of the Year, Honorable Mention
The Huffington Post
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
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
Part of These Collections
Earth Day Poetry Collection , Poetry Grades PreK-2, Bilingual English/Spanish and Dual Language Books , Lee & Low Poetry Collection, Diverse Background English Collection Grades PreK-2, Bilingual Bestsellers, Latin American Spanish/Bilingual Collection, Bilingual English/Spanish Collection , Pedro Noguera Diverse Collection Grades PreK-2, #OwnVoices Collection