Recommended reading ages: 4-6 years Lexile measure: 530L
The Giving Tree is a short children’s picture book by American writer Shel Silverstein. It tells a simple tale of the relationship between a tree and a boy. As the boy grows from childhood to old age, the tree selflessly gives up its apples, branches and trunk in order to make him happy. The themes of love, generosity and selflessness in Silverstein’s book have made it a classic children’s fable, teaching young readers about the joys of giving.