Seeds of Change

by Nina Laden (Author) Sawyer Cloud (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
From award-winning, bestselling author Nina Laden comes a poetic picture book about having the courage and resilience to plant "seeds" that will improve ourselves and our community.

Sow seeds of strength,
Ride out the storm.

Sow seeds of compassion,
Make hearts warm.

After seeing an area in her local, Madagascar community devastated from drought, a young girl gets inspired. She should plant a garden―what could be more perfect? She gathers her friends, cooperates to make a plan, and gets to work. But when things go devastatingly wrong, what can they do?

It takes a lot of courage, but with the support of her whole community on her side, this girl won't give up. One way or another, she'll sow the seeds of change she's been dreaming of.

With sweet, lush art from Sawyer Cloud, this lyrical picture book about making the effort to invest in the future of ourselves and our community teaches an invaluable lesson about having the patience to see that, in time, effort will blossom into a more peaceful, loving, and accepting world.
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Kirkus Reviews

Fruitful and nourishing in good measure.

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Nina Laden

Nina Laden is an award-winning, bestselling children's book author and illustrator. She was born and raised in the New York City area, the daughter of two artists. Nina writes, illustrates, and teaches occasionally. Her many books include The Night I Followed the Dog, Peek-a-Who, When Pigasso Met Mootisse, Roberto the Insect Architect, Once Upon a Memory, and Yellow Kayak. When she is not writing or drawing, she paddleboards, takes long beach walks, hunts for agates, forages for mushrooms, makes jewelry, and cooks up a storm, amongst other things. She lives on a little island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State with her husband, Booth, and their Siberian cat, Marley.

Sawyer Cloud is a self-taught, freelance artist who loves sunny days and music. When she's not drawing, you can find Sawyer singing out loud in her room and wearing her favorite fairy costume. She lives in Madagascar with her family and two pets, Arya the dog and Potter the cat.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date
February 20, 2024
BISAC categories
JUV039220 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Values & Virtues
JUV070000 - Juvenile Fiction | Poetry (see also Stories in Verse)
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Stories in rhyme

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