About Talking with Trees

Teaching good character traits in terms kids understand


The Talking with Trees Book Series and teaching resources are for all the parents, grandparents, teachers, homeschoolers, counselors and anyone else trying to teach kids to grow up with good character traits. Each Talking with Trees book is a quiet conversation that takes a difficult situation and makes it a character building experience that helps children grow to be good, responsible, caring adults.

Which books are in the series?

The series currently inclues three books, Be Proud, Be Bigger, and What if, that are available through Amazon, iBooks, Google Play, and via major distributors. We also offer tons of free printable character education activities (like worksheets, lesson plans, posters and more) that help bring these ideas about good character into homes and classrooms all around the world.

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Where did the series come from?

While raising her own children, the author saw that all kids struggle with core life lessons about being honest, respectful and responsible. Yet in the moment when we could be teaching our children these higher principles, we tend to be caught up in the emotions of the event and don't have the words ready that can turn a difficult moment into a teaching moment.

"With four kids, you start to see patterns, and you have lots of opportunities to try different ways of communicating complex ideas so that kids understand them. When I saw lots of other parents and teachers dealing with the same issues I was, I thought perhaps it would be helpful to share the words I found really got to the heart of the matter and motivated my children to develop good character" - Colleen Doyle Bryant, author of the Talking with Trees series.

Why talking trees?

Trees have been around for generations. Think of what they've seen as our communities have evolved and people have grown up before them. Wouldn't it be amazing if they could share the wisdom gained watching all those people go through all those changes? The talking trees are a wonderful voice to share life lessons because one can imagine them being wise, patient, and neutral. And besides, what child doesn't love trees?

Page from character edbook for kids called Be Bigger
Page from kids character education book What if

About the Author

Colleen Doyle Bryant, author and mom

Colleen will tell you that having four kids is great because you can say things like, "It is not ok to roast marshmallows over my scented candle,” and because they are a never-ending supply of material for books.

After 15 years in marketing and freelance writing, Colleen first turned to children’s book writing as a project to raise money for a foster home in Beijing, China, where her family was living at the time. Super Easy Storytelling, her first children’s book (written with her daughter), is about how to tell stories together on the fly-- which was the family’s way of calming the chaos that comes with four kids in a car, restaurant, or really anyplace they needed to behave. Today that simple book has evolved into a Creative Writing and Storytelling website for kids that features teaching resources used around the world.


With the courage gained from launching Super Easy Storytelling, Colleen created her first Talking with Trees story, hired an illustrator she found on the internet, and launched a boutique publishing business, LoveWell Press. Today Talking with Trees books and teaching resources are used in curriculums and homes around the world to help kids grow up into good people.

Colleen has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Duke University. She and her family live in Oregon, USA amongst lots of amazing trees.


About the Illustrator

Manuela Soriani

Manuela Soriani lives in the same small town in northern Italy where she was born in 1979, among the heats in summer and fogs in winter, near the river Po.

Manuela studied to become an accountant, but Art asked to be part of her life. So she answered the call, found a teacher (and later, friend), and became an artist.

After six years in comic books, Manuela began creating both traditional paper books and animated apps for electronic devices. She uses cutting edge technology to deliver the softest and most brilliant artworks she can, for projects all over the world. Manuela always tries to achieve the best balance between fantastic and realistic in every work, carefully researching how things work and adding details to make her illustrations full of life.

She loves cats (she has two), the colors pink and orange, cooking, salsa dancing, tabletop and roleplaying games, videogames, and all forms of art.

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