From bookseller to publisher, Edinburgh-born Fiona Waters has worn many hats in the world of books. Throughout it all, her love of poetry has been her guiding light, hooked from the moment she heard Gabriel Woolf reading The Lady of Shalott on the radio when she was seven years old. The author of well over 80 children’s books, including a number of poetry anthologies, Waters is the recipient of the CLPE Poetry Prize.
Now and again, books come along that realise the full potential of the medium. Illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon and featuring poetry selected by Fiona Waters, I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree is a perfectly-realised fusion of nature, verse and illustration. Taking the simple concept of a poem for every day – some familiar, others treasures to be discovered – Preston-Gannon and Waters have produced a breath-taking compendium of words and pictures that beg to be read and cherished. It’s a book that will be at the top of many of our own Christmas lists.