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Pat Zietlow Miller

Pat Zietlow Miller has published eighteen picture books. Her first book, Sophie’s Squash, won the Golden Kite Award and an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor. Be Kind was on the New York Times bestseller list for ten weeks. Miller lives in Wisconsin.

In In Our Garden, Millie has recently moved to a new city, from a place more than an ocean away. More than anything she misses the garden where her family used to grow food. Then one day she has an idea—the school has a fine flat roof, perfect for a garden. Soon her teacher and classmates are on board, but it takes more than ideas to build a garden. It takes supplies and hard work, it takes a lot of learning, and it takes a whole school—a whole community—coming together to help. And of course, it also takes a lot of waiting. But as Millie’s teacher Miss Mirales says, “Be patient. Good things take time.”

From building the beds and planting the seeds to the first glorious harvest, here’s the story of a garden—and a girl—in bloom, and what it takes for a new place to finally feel like home.