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Children's Fiction Environment

Nature is an Artist

by (author) Jennifer Lavallee

illustrated by Natalia Colombo

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2022
Environment, Imagination & Play, Interactive Adventures, Art & Architecture
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


For kids who love to draw and create, this captivating picture book fosters an appreciation for nature and features craft ideas to inspire young artists.

Kids will be inspired to create: 

  • Fingerprint bumblebees
  • Sculptures made of sand
  • Rainbow colored jars
  • And more! 

Nature is an Artist explores different art forms that kids can find in the natural world. In the book, a group of children follow Nature—the most inspiring of teachers—as they discover the world’s greatest art show hidden in plain sight. As they witness beautiful landscapes, stunning vistas, and unusual creatures, each child is inspired to recreate their own fine work of art. 

With charming, rhythmic text from Jennifer Lavalee and vivid, eye-catching illustrations from Natalia Colombo, Nature is an Artist celebrates nature’s beauty and variety, and instills kids with:

  • The confidence to see themselves as artists! 
  • Respect and appreciation for nature. After reading, kids will appreciate the art in their own outdoor surroundings.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Jennifer Lavallee is from the Canadian prairies where she lives with her busy family of five. An avid reader and crafter, Jennifer grew up experiencing all the wonder and beauty of nature, including the soaring Rocky Mountains, curious Alberta Badlands, and lush boreal forests of the north. Nature is an Artist is her first book.

Natalia Colombo is an illustrator and graphic designer whose picture books have been published in multiple languages around the world. Her book, Cerca, was awarded the first International Compostela Prize for Picture Books. She works with colored and black pencils, acrylics, pen, ink, and markers on different types of paper and in digital format. She lives in Buenos Aires.

Editorial Reviews

“A vibrant, cheerful story extolling the ease and joys of artistic adventure….A solid debut suited to early elementary classrooms, outdoor programs, and caregivers seeking approachable craft inspiration.”—Kit BallengerBooklist

"Written in a poetic format, [Nature is an Artist] celebrates art as a treasure and keepsake and Nature is the mentor and inspiration"—Elizabeth Brown, Canadian Review of Materials