Scholastic Canada: Rights
Picture a Tree

Picture a Tree

by Barbara Reid

ISBN 9781443107617 Hardcover
32 Pages | 10.27" x 10.29" | Ages 3 to 8
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Picture a tree — what do YOU see?

Picture a tree, from every season, and from every angle. These wondrous beings give shade and shelter. They protect, and bring beauty to, any landscape.

Now look again. Look closer.

A tree's colours both soothe and excite. Its shape can ignite the imagination and conjure a pirate ship, a bear cave, a clubhouse, a friend; an ocean, a tunnel, and a home sweet home. Its majestic presence evokes family, growth, changes, endings and new beginnings.

Picture a tree — what do you see? The possibilities are endless.

In this gorgeous new picture book, Barbara Reid brings her vision, her craft, and her signature Plasticine artwork to the subject of trees. Each page is a celebration, and you will never look at trees in quite the same way again.

Sample spread

Praise for Picture a Tree

Winner, CBA Libris Picture Book of the Year, 2012
Finalist, Governor General's Award, 2012
Finalist, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2012
Shortlist, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, 2012
Shortlist, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration, 2012
Shortlist, Shining Willow Award, 2012
CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2012
OLA Best Bests, 2011
Toronto Public Library "First & Best" Booklist 2011

*"Virtuoso Plasticine artist Barbara Reid has created another extraordinary book to delight readers of every age."
Quill & Quire, starred review

*"Readers will marvel at the amazing details . . . a special book indeed."
Kirkus, starred review

*"From striking double-page spreads to inviting endpapers, these delightful illustrations reward close attention with clever details."
Booklist, starred review

"Another bravura performance from Reid."
The Globe & Mail

"From the opening flyleaves to the last page, Picture a Tree is a marvel of sharp observation, appreciation and playfulness . . . Excellent."
The Toronto Star


  • Winner, Libris Awards - Children's Picture Book of the Year, 2012
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2012
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Award for Children's Literature - Illustration, 2012
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2012
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2012
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2012
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2011
  • Commended, Toronto Public Library First & Best Booklist, 2011

Rights Sold

  • English (Asia) - Scholastic Asia
  • Chinese Complex - Taiwan Mac
  • Chinese Simplified - Huaxia
  • English (US) - Albert Whitman
  • French (N. Amer.) - Éditions Scholastic
  • Korean - Kids M
  • Russian - AST-Hobbyteka

Selling Points

  • Barbara Reid is one of Canada's most renowned authors and illustrators of picture books
  • The United Nations declared 2011 the International Year of the Forest.
  • This book is printed on forest-friendly, FSC-certified paper.


Also by
Barbara Reid

  • Picture the Sky
  • Baby's First Treasury
  • Read Me A Book
  • The Night Before Christmas
  • Gifts

Contact Information

Maral Maclagan, Rights and Contracts Manager | 416-915-3524
604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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