Picture Books that Delight and Inform

Balloon Trees


Balloon Trees
by Danna Smith
Illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein
Arbordale Publishing
Ages 4-8
ISBN 978-1-60718-6120 English
ISBN 978-1-60718-7073 Spanish
ASIN: B00CJ0UPZY e-book

Ever wonder how a balloon is made? Follow the journey of a balloon from its beginnings as gooey sap in a tree to its completion at a rubber factory. You'll be surprised to discover what a balloon started out as and how it becomes the bright, air-filled decoration that you enjoy today. Florida Authors & Publishers Association - Presidents Book Award Gold Winner.

Includes 4 pages of learning activities in the back of the book plus online quizzes (see teachers guides).  Aligned to standards by CORE, NGSS, State and Grade. 

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School Library Journal

"Two lines of rhyming text on every page pulsate with action  and engage readers: “The forms are flipped then dipped in quick–/a trick to  make the color stick.” These words must be read aloud to enjoy the internal  rhyming and wonderful use of language."

Children's Literary Classics

"For the inquisitive child, Author Danna Smith has hit on a curiosity quenching literary treat. This book will delight young children who are fascinated by the concept of where things come from and how they are made."


"Books for young listeners about how things are made are relatively rare;  this one will stretch to fit a variety of goals.

Awards & Honors

Florida Authors & Publishers Association - Presidents Book Award Gold Winner

Finalist in the Florida Reading Association Book Award

Selected in the Alaska Association of School Librarians Battle of the Books

2014 New Books for Missouri Students Selection