A British author and illustrator, Frann Preston-Gannon’s first solo work, The Journey Home, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2013. In 2011, Preston-Gannon became the first UK recipient of the ‘Sendak Fellowship’ and spent a month living with and learning from Maurice Sendak. Her latest work is I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem For Every Day Of The Year, a lavishly illustrated collection of 366 nature poems.
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.