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In a Garden

Written by Tim McCanna and illustrated by Aimee Sicuro
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What's In a Garden About

Publisher Summary

Acclaimed author Tim McCanna celebrates gardens, nature, and all sorts of critters in this delightful and vibrant read-aloud picture book.

In the earth a single seed sits beside a millipede worms and termites dig and toil moving through the garden soil

How does a garden grow? Follow along from seed to sprout to bud to flower as a garden blooms. Worms, ladybugs, millipedes, and more help a garden grow each season. Tim McCanna’s gorgeous, rhyming text, combined with Aimée Sicuro’s stunning illustrations make this charming picture book as informative as it is fun to read aloud.

Bonus backmatter features tons of cool facts about ecosystems and the symbiosis between plants and bugs.

What Kind of Book is In a Garden

Quotes from In a Garden

  • "Always changing / never still / in a garden / on a hill."
  • "In a garden / full of green / many moments / go unseen."

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • There are many fun scenes shown through the illustrations in this book, like catching fireflies, watering flowers, walking a dog, and planting bulbs. Are any of these activities familiar? What do you like to do in a garden?

  • There is a huge variety of plants, bugs, and animals included in this book. Do you have a favorite flower or bug?

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Who Wrote In a Garden

Tim McCanna

Tim McCanna is the author of Bitty Bot, Bitty Bot’s Big Beach Getaway, and Watersong, which was called a “joyful, gorgeous book” by Booklist. When he’s not writing books for children, Tim enjoys volunteering for SCBWI and taking trips to the beach. Tim has worked in advertising, written musicals, and played accordion in several bands before becoming a children’s book author. He lives in San Jose, California, with his wife and two kids. Visit him at

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Who Illustrated In a Garden

Aimee Sicuro

Aimee Sicuro is an illustrator, picture book maker, and surface pattern designer living in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and young son. She graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design with a BFA in illustration.

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Tim McCanna's Book Dedication

For Sophie

Aimee Sicuro's Book Dedication

For Hudson, my creature seeker and forever gardener

What Do Critics Say About In a Garden

  • Kirkus Reviews

    “Scale and perspective are more stylized than literal. McCanna’s superb scansion never misses, incorporating lists of insects and plants (“Lacewings, gnats, / mosquitos, spiders, / dragonflies, and water striders / live among the cattail reeds, / lily pads, and waterweeds”) with description (“Sunlight warms the morning air. / Dewdrops shimmer / here and there”). Readers see more than gardeners do, such as rabbits stealing carrots and lettuce from garden boxes.

    Like its subject: full of bustling life yet peaceful.”

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Publication Date:
February 18, 2020
Text Details:
The text for this book was set in Barmbrack.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations for this book were rendered in watercolor, ink, charcoal, and Photoshop.