If You Hold a Seed


Illustrated by Elly MacKay

Formats and Prices




$22.99 CAD



  1. Hardcover $17.99 $22.99 CAD
  2. ebook $9.99 $11.99 CAD

This item is a preorder. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around February 5, 2013. This date is subject to change due to shipping delays beyond our control.

Something magical happens when you plant a dream with a seed. With plenty of love and patience, they can blossom into an extraordinary gift.

To be shared with those you love and those with big dreams, this book encourages us to never give up.


  • Ontario Library Association 2013 Best Bets Top 10 Picture Book for Children
    Atlanta Parent Magazine Best Books of 2013 list for Preschool to Early Elementary
    "Glowing paper dioramas are the heart and soul of MacKay's debut. . . ."
    Publishers Weekly
    "All of [MacKay's] forethought and preparation has fittingly paid off in a story that is as surprising as it is nakedly inspirational."—Jay Bushara, —Huffington Post
    "The magic of this debut picture book rests in MacKay's diorama-style illustrations . . . Just the right antidote for The Giving Tree."
    "The book will be suitable for quiet one-on-one sharing or perhaps as a bedtime selection."
    School Library Journal
    "[MacKay] does show unusual sensitivity to effects of color and light."
    Kirkus Reviews
    "A magical, serendipitous story. . . . "
    City Book Review
    "This beautiful story is good for all young children. . . ."
    Parents & Teachers, U.S. Kids Magazines
    "The delight here is in the remarkable cut-paper forms that bring each scene to life. Delicate and meditative."
    ForeWord Reviews

On Sale
Feb 5, 2013
Page Count
32 pages
Running Press Kids

Elly MacKay

About the Illustrator

Elly MacKay is the creator of Butterfly Park, If You Hold a Seed, Shadow Chasers, Waltz of the Snowflakes, and The Tallest Treehouse. Her artwork is recognized worldwide and sold online. Elly lives by Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and children.

Learn more about this illustrator