Shauna LaVoy Reynolds


A girl writes a poem to a tree, but then is surprised when the tree writes back in this wondrous and warm picture book about friendship, nature, and the power of poetry.

The snow has melted, the buttercups are blooming, and Sylvia celebrates winter’s end by writing a poem. She ties her poem to a birch tree, hoping that it doesn’t count as littering if it makes the world more beautiful. But when she returns, a new poem is waiting for her. Could the tree really be writing back? Sylvia decides to test her theory, and so begins a heartwarming poetic correspondence…as well as an unexpected new friendship.

Lyrical and sweetly satisfying, Poetree is about finding beauty in the world around you, and new friends in unlikely places.

Shauna LaVoy Reynolds

Shauna LaVoy Reynolds is an author, storyteller, and word nerd. She lives in a house full of books outside of Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, two children, and an elderly poodle. Shauna writes uncommon stories for uncommon children to make the world a lovelier place. Poetree (Dial, 2019) is her debut picture book.


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