Everyone knows about THE MAGIC TREE HOUSE series of chapter books. But what about picture books? In my search for picture books about tree houses, I couldn't find many. But I did manage to find these nine stories, which just might inspire dreams of life up in the trees!
1. THE TREE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT by Bonnie Verburg
The tree house in this book is beyond impressive. Just a glance at the illustrations by Mark Teague would have anyone searching for the perfect tree house tree!
2. THE BERENSTAIN BEARS' HOME SWEET TREE by Stan and Jan Berenstain
This book captured my attention and my imagination as a child. I loved the idea of living in a tree, and I pored over the pages, imagining myself living in the cozy rooms of the bears' house.
3. WHAT ABOUT MOOSE? by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez
I couldn't leave my own book off of this list! In this book, a group of friends is making their dream of having a tree house into a reality by building it themselves. The last minute emergency alterations to their plan make this house twice as much fun!
4. AUDREY'S TREE HOUSE by Jenny Hughes
Audrey thinks she's too big to live at home, so her dad builds her a tree house high up in a tree. This is a story about little girl trying to grow up, but realizing she's not quite ready to be out on her own. The illustrations of the tree house, complete with a staircase that spirals up the tree, is sure to capture the imagination.
5. IN THE TREEHOUSE by Andrew Larsen
A story about two brothers, who are growing up too fast, spending a summer night in a tree house during a black-out.
6. EDGAR AND THE TREE HOUSE OF USHER by Jennifer Adams
Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's story, "The Fall of the House of Usher," this is a story about a tree house, sibling relationships, sharing, and making the best of a bad situation.
7. TREE HOUSE IN A STORM by Rachelle Burk
Their favorite place to play is in the tree house, but what happens when the tree house, and the tree it's built in, are destroyed by a hurricane? A story of tragedy and learning to rebuild.
8. THE TREE HOUSE by Marjie Tolman and Ronald Tolman
A wordless picture book in which various animals discover a tree house at the top of a tree rising out of the water. The wordless pages will encourage "readers" to imagine their own story.
9. FROGGY BUILDS A TREE HOUSE by Jonathan London
Fans of the Froggy books will enjoy this story about Froggy, with help from his dad, building a tree house.
Are there picture books missing from this list? If you know of a picture book that features a tree house, I'd love to hear about it!