A Wish to Be A Christmas Tree

Cover: A Wish to Be A Christmas Tree

This charming tale of an overgrown pine always being passed by for Christmas, and what his woodland friends do to help him, is sure to become a Christmas classic. With delightful illustrations by wildlife artist Michael Monroe and enchanting text from Colleen Monroe, the birds, deer and squirrel of this story help make their special friend's wish come true.



  • Dewey: E
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585360024): 40 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2000, 08/29/2000
  • Boardbook (9781585362691): 20 pages, 5.5 (w) x 7.5 (h), © 2005, 10/06/2005
  • PDF (9781410308597): 20 pages, 10 (w) x 11 (h), © 2011, 12/01/2011
  • Hosted ebook (9781627535175): 40 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 0-4 - Age 6
  • ATOS Reading Level: 4.1
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 146826
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects


  • Childrens Crown Award Nominee a Childrens Choice Award, Runner-up, 2006


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Author: Colleen Monroe

Colleen Monroe is a graduate of the University of Michigan and spent many years in advertising before becoming a full-time mother. Her first book was the popular A Wish to be a Christmas Tree, also painted by her husband Michael.

Illustrator: Michael Glenn Monroe

Award-winning wildlife artist Michael Glenn Monroe began his career at a very young age. A self-taught painter, Michael spends his time meticulously honing his craft, often teaching himself many new and unique techniques to add to his paintings.Michael began his publishing career with Sleeping Bear Press in 1999 when both Buzzy the Bumblebee and M is for Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet were released. His knowledge and experience with landscapes and wildlife were a perfect match for Mitten, as well as subsequent state alphabet titles (S is for Sunshine: A Florida Alphabet and L is for Last Frontier: An Alaska Alphabet).Michael and his wife, Colleen, share a home in Brighton, Michigan, with their three children, twins Matthew and Natalie and John, born in May 2001.