I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree
BIG PICTURE PRESS, £14.99
My daughters loved dipping into this beautiful book, an anthology of 365 poems about the natural world, taking turns to read out their favourites. Most are short, some just a few lines long, and there are also haikus, limericks and tongue-twisters. Famous names crop up – Ted Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Robert Louis Stevenson and Benjamin Zephaniah, for instance – though many of the poems are anonymous.
This is a satisfyingly hefty book to hold, and the poems are framed by gorgeously immersive and colourful illustrations that evoke the four seasons: spring flowers, swooping swallows, shimmering shoals of fish, autumn leaves and wintry snowscapes. While a few words and verse structures are tricky, most of the poems can easily be managed by seven- to ten-year-olds.
Ben Hoare BBC Wildlife Features Editor