Miguel’s Community Garden by JaNay Brown-Wood, illustrated by Samara Hardy

Miguel’s Community Garden by JaNay Brown-Wood, illustrated by Samara Hardy. Peachtree Books, 2022. 9781682631669

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review): 4

Format: Hardcover picture book

What did you like about the book? Miguel is going to a garden party. However, before he can head to the party he must go to his community garden, which contains many different types of flowers and produce, and find his sunflowers. As readers help Miguel find the sunflowers, they will learn about other flowers, plants, and produce, such as apricots, cherries, artichoke, asparagus, peppers and even spinach! Miguel starts to worry that he will not be able to find the sunflowers for the garden party, but finally does and the garden party is wonderful! It is refreshing to see a boy main character who is interested in gardening, as this helps break down the narrative that little boys would be uninterested in these activities. The illustrations are digital color drawings of Miguel and the different flowers and produce he encounters in the garden, along with detailed descriptions of all the plants. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? No 

To whom would you recommend this book?  This humorous book is perfect for the budding nature enthusiast! It would be perfect to read for children ages 3 to about 8 years old. 

Who should buy this book? Daycare centers, early education centers, elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No 

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA

Date of review: July 18, 2022

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