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  • a New York Times Bestseller
  • an Indie Adult Nonfiction Bestseller

  • a New York Times Bestseller
  • an Indie Adult Nonfiction Bestseller

  • a New York Times Bestseller
  • an Indie Adult Nonfiction Bestseller

“Muldrow . . . returns with a second witty compilation of wisdom inspired by the beloved line of children’s books. . . a book that will resonate with readers young and old.”
— Publishers Weekly

“…this unabashed exercise in nostalgia brims with good cheer.”
— Wall Street Journal


  • #1 Overall and Hardcover title of 2014, Indie Adult Nonfiction Bestseller List
  • a #2 New York Times Bestseller
  • a #1 L.A. Times Bestseller
  • a #1 Indie Adult Nonfiction Bestseller
  • a #1 Heartland Bestseller
  • a #1 Pacific Northwest Bestseller
  • a Book Sense National Bestseller
  • a Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • a Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • a USA Today Bestseller
  • a 2013 Amazon Best Book of the Year selection

A fun and entertaining walk down memory lane for anyone who has grown up within the last 60 years or so and had the pleasure of reading and loving a Little Golden Book. The author, the longtime editorial director at Golden Books, has cleverly strung together a collection of images and text from approximately 65 different books into a guide about enjoying life and what’s important. This title will be great for sharing one-on-one with children. . .”
— School Library Journal

Muldrow, editorial director at Golden Books, pairs vintage illustrations from titles originally published in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s with aphorisms designed to boost spirits. . . Readers who grew up with Little Golden Books illustrated by the likes of Mary Blair, Tibor Gergely, and Garth Williams will enjoy this optimistic and cheering trip down memory lane.”
— Publishers Weekly

“A charming compendium of little reminders about what it takes to live a happy and fulfilling life today.”
— Brain Pickings


  • a 2010 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best selection
  • a 2010 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
  • a 2010 Green Book Festival Honorable Mention
  • a 2012 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award finalist
  • a DailyCandy All-Time Favorites Kids’ Book

. . . Muldrow’s simple poem–paired with winsome illustrations by New Yorker cover artist Bob Staake–takes its inspiration from [Nobel Prize winner Wangari] Maathai’s vision of using trees to help heal the earth. We Planted a Tree tells a story that is as simple as it is profound. . .”
— The Christian Science Monitor

We Planted a Tree is bright, poetic, and engaging. . . The story is vast, showing families and living situations from all over the world including Kenya, Japan, Italy, and France. . . Every page dazzles with whimsy and promises to win over your tot while teaching about colors, shapes, and nature. . .”
— glamour.com

“With a synergistic mesh of lyrical language and bright, expansive illustrations, this picture book . . . is a winner. Muldrow’s poetic text shapes beauty from simple observations. . .”
— School Library Journal

In American Diane Muldrow’s We Planted a Tree, . . . the tree that’s planted is both local and global. . . a Golden Book at its old best.”
— The Toronto Star

We Planted a Tree is a paean to growth and nurturing and vitality. . . a book for all ages. . .”
— The Montreal Gazette