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[Saturday Reads] Nature-Themed Picture Books, Europa Edition


Fats here.

Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.


I’ve been on the lookout for children’s nature books that contain bright and vivid illustrations. I’ve seen a few that are hundreds of pages long and I can’t wait to share those with you. Today let’s start small and focus on two short yet gorgeous nature books by Europe-based artists.

satreads0826cBecause of an Acorn

Written by Lola M. Schaefer & Adam Schaefer
Illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
Published by Chronicle Books (2016)
ISBN-10: 1452112428
ISBN-13: 978-1452112428
Copy provided by Twinsburg Public Library.

From the book jacket: Because of an acorn a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower… An acorn is just the beginning.



Because of an Acorn illustrates the interconnections between living organisms. It’s a simple guide for kids to learn about the ecosystem. Created by the mother-son tandem of Lola and Adam Schaefer, Because of an Acorn is meant for all nature lovers, young and old alike. Basic information about the forest and the ecosystem were included in the last two pages of the book. Part of the sale of the book supports the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental action group in the U.S. that has 1.4 million members.


satreads0826aTrees (Arbres)

Written and designed by Leminiscates
Published in the USA by Candlewick Press (2017)
ISBN-10: 0763690015
ISBN-13: 978-0763690014
Copy provided by Wayne County Public Library.

From Goodreads: Trees change through the seasons springing to life, bearing fruit, and losing their leaves before a period of sleep. They clean the air we breathe, provide seeds and homes for creatures, and extend their shade to everyone equally.


As the title reads, Trees gives tribute to the perennial plants of nature. Every page describes the characteristics of trees, explains their importance, and recognizes how marvelous they are. Lemniscates Studio was founded in Barcelona by a Spanish artist named Carme. Since its publication, Trees had been translated in English and Korean. It received the Serra d’Or Critics’ Awards in 2016.

Photo taken at the Secrest Arboretum in Wooster, Ohio.

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