National Trust: I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree – A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year

Suggested age 2 +


Author: Fiona Waters
Illustrator: Frann Preston-Gannon
ISBN: 9780857637703
Date Published: 6 Sept. 2018

Nominated for the 2020 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

Red Magazine Big Book Award Children’s Illustrated Book of the Year 2019

Waterstones Children’s Gift of the Year 2018

Winner of the British Book Design & Production Award’s Children’s Trade 0 to 8 Years Award 2019


Featured in The Independent as one of their Best New Poetry Books of 2018, The Guardian as one of their Best New Children’s Books, and the i as one of their best gifts for 2-year-olds.

I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree, named after the first line of Judith Nicholls’ poem ‘Windsong’, is a lavishly illustrated collection of 366 nature poems – one for every day of the year, including leap years. Filled with familiar favourites and new discoveries, written by a wide variety of poets, including –

John Agard, William Blake, Emily Bronte, Charles Causley, Walter de la Mare, Emily Dickinson, Carol Ann Duffy, Eleanor Farjeon, Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy, Roger McGough, Christina Rossetti, William Shakespeare, John Updike, William Wordsworth and many more.

This is the perfect book for children (and grown-ups!) to share at the beginning or the end of the day, or just to dip into.

“This is an absolutely beautiful book. What I particularly love about it is that each illustration covers a double-page spread… The poem-a-day approach means the book can be digested slowly, and I’m sure it will help to create very many young poetry and nature enthusiasts.” – Julia Donaldson, BookTrust’s Best Kids’ Books of 2018

“If I had to pick just one gift book to give this Christmas, then Nosy Crow’s beautiful I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree, compiled by Fiona Waters and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon, would be it.” – Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

“I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree is a magical book for children and adults to enjoy together. A beautiful and unusual selection of poems boldly illustrated. It is a new favourite!” – Sarah Crossan, Irish Children’s Laureate and CILIP Carnegie Medal Winner

“A huge year-round compendium of nature poetry chosen by Fiona Waters, with colourful images by Fran Preston-Gannon beckoning the reader like seed on a bird table.” – The Guardian

” …a magical book for children and adults to enjoy. Three hundred and sixty-six nature poems, one for every day of the year, including leap years, filled with old favourites and new discoveries.” – Roger McGough, Radio Times

“A very special book, with a nature themed poem per day one to hand down through the generations.” – Red

“What a very special book! Not only is it absolutely beautiful to look at, there’s something for children of all ages (and grown-ups) to enjoy. I can imagine it being handed down through the generations.” – Red, Hearst Big Book Award

“If you are nervous of poetry…you needn’t be. These poems are completely joyful and can be read aloud to little ones, while older readers might want to read aloud to their parents. This is a tome that will stand the test of time it’s instantly a classic anthology that is certain to spark the interest of many future wordsmiths. We bet plenty of parents find themselves curling up with this long after their little ones are in bed. We love that these poems all speak to the natural world, of flora, fauna, fresh air and freedom exactly what children need right now, and have always needed.” – i

Related teaching resource pack available on the Nosy Crow website.

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Dimensions25.3 × 3.3 × 28.2 cm

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“For those keen to introduce their children to poetry, I am the Seed that Grew the Tree is a classic in the making, a book the whole family will cherish for years to come.”
The Independent
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