According to Liz Dwyer, staff writer for “an innovative children’s publisher, Buenos Aires–based Pequeño Editor, is connecting literacy with sustainability in a particularly tangible way.” They have released a book that when you’re finished reading it, you can plant the book and it turns into a tree!

It’s all part of the Pequeño Editor project, Tree Book Tree, that “adds an extra step to the life cycle of a piece of literature. From the outside, the picture book the company produced for the effort—Mi Papá Estuvo en la Selva (My Dad Was in the Jungle), by Gusti Llimpi and Anne Decis—seems like any other children’s volume. But as you can see in this video, the book is made from recycled paper and biodegradable ink, and jacaranda tree seeds are hand-sewn into the binding.


After children are finished reading the story, the book can be planted in the ground. The pages and binding will decompose, the seeds will take root, and, with a little love and care, a flowering tree will begin to sprout…”

P.S. It turns out that Buenos Aires is the world capital of bookstores! Who knew?

(The source of ATG Quirkies is John Riley of Gabriel Books)