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Call Me Tree by Maya Gonzalez

By Maya Gonzalez
published 2014 by Children’s Book Press,
an imprint of Lee&Low Books
Bilingual – English/Spanish
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“An exquisitely crafted call to honor ourselves, one another and the natural world…..relaying a powerful message to children: We are all our own trees—equal, vital and free. “- Kirkus Reviews

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 to reach out to others
while standing strong and tall –
just like a tree in the natural world.

In this spare, lyrically written story, we join a child on a journey of self-discovery. Finding a way to grow from the inside out, just like a tree, the child develops as an individual comfortable in the natural world and in relationships with others. The child begins “Within/ The deep dark earth,” like a seed, ready to grow and then dream and reach out to the world. Soon the child discovers birds and the sky and other children: “Trees and trees/ Just like me!” Each is different too. The child embraces them all because “All trees have roots/ All trees belong.” Maya Christina Gonzalez once again combines her talents as an artist and a storyteller to craft a gentle, empowering story about belonging, connecting with nature, and becoming your fullest self. Young readers will be inspired to dream and reach, reach and dream . . . and to be as free and unique as trees.

Medium: Watercolor, Ink, & Colored Pencil


  • Kirkus Best Picture Books of 2014 that Celebrate Diversity


Call Me Tree Gender FreeCheck out Maya’s Note to Readers about the main character in her book. Download the PDF below or read online on Maya’s blog:
Donwload the PDF, Call Me Tree Gender Free
Also check out Maya’s interview on The Huffington Post about Call Me Tree as well as her Gender Now Coloring Book which was the first book for children to explore transgender and intersex topics.

Join Maya in her studio as she reads the book: