In this lyrical picture book, one little girl imagines and grows a beautiful garden in an empty lot in a city.
With the help of her stuffed bear, she imagines a place to grow, a place to play, and a place to love—and soon her garden becomes just that.
The Bear’s Garden is a testament to how imagination and dedication can transform communities and create beauty for everyone in unexpected places. It’s inspired by the true story of a community garden in Brooklyn that local residents beautified themselves and named after a teddy bear found in the weeds.
Marcie Colleen is the author of the chapter book series Super Happy Party Bears and the picture books Love, Triangle and The Adventure of the Penguinaut. She’s a former classroom teacher and current educational consultant for the Picture Book Month initiative. She also creates teacher’s guides for picture books and middle-grade novels and is a huge advocate for using children's fictional literature in the classroom. thisismarciecolleen.com
Alison Oliver is the author-illustrator of Moon, Sun and the Be Bold, Baby board book series, featuring biographies of strong, inspiring women. She's also the illustrator of thirty BabyLit board books. She lives in New York City, where she runs a design studio called Sugar.