Forest Talk

How Trees Communicate

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Trees are essential. They provide water, shelter, and food for millions of plant and animal species, including humans. They deliver proven health benefits, and they capture and store carbon, which combats climate change. Yet trees are in trouble. Forests are struggling to adapt to climate change, and deforestation is a major threat.

Recently, researchers and citizen scientists made the surprising revelation that trees communicate with each other through an underground system of soil fungi and other methods. Complex social networks help trees survive and thrive by transferring resources to each other, sending defense signals, communicating with their kin, and more. Meet the tree scientists and learn more of their fascinating discoveries.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Plants
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 96
Publication Date 2019-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN050040, YAN050090
Dewey 581.7/14
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1080
ATOS Reading Level 7.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 505533
Accelerated Reader® Points 3.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Source notes

Author: Melissa Koch

Melissa Koch is a writer and inventor of digital learning environments for children, educators, and adults. She specializes in materials that encourage women and youth from diverse backgrounds to pursue their dreams in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Her STEM curricula activities have received recognition from the National Science Foundation, Whitehouse Science Fair, PBS, and others. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, with her husband, son, and Labrador retriever. She dreams of creating a 3D printer that can print both wood and metal to fix her favorite antique furniture and bicycle.



“An intriguing volume that describes the surprising hidden lives of trees and underscores their key role in our world.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“A good choice for ecology units, science classes, and budding scientists as well.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Packed with fascinating information, inspiring stories, and a call to action, this book delivers a powerful message in an effective package.”—Kirkus Reviews