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2021: The Year of the Tree

In the past I’ve talked about the Animal of the Year in children’s books (remember the Year of the Whale in 2014?). A Fuse #8 Production has too. But when I look at the books of 2021, I don’t see a particular animal rising to the top. You know what is? Trees.

For some reason, 2021 is shaping up to be the Year of the Tree in children’s literature. Once you notice it, you’ll see them everywhere. And I have the (many) examples to prove it.

What does it mean? I’m not quite sure. Anyone care to psychoanalyze? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.