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The Soil in Jackie’s Garden Introduces Children to the Magic of Gardening


The Soil in Jackie’s Garden

Written by Peggy Thomas
Illustrated by Neely Daggett

This spring, celebrate National Learn About Composting Day with The Soil in Jackie’s Garden by award-winning author Peggy Thomas and illustrated by Neely Daggett (Feeding Minds Press; May 29, 2024; Hardcover $18.99; ISBN: 978-1-948-89816-4; Ages 6-8; 32 pages), an enchanting picture book that engages children with the wonders of gardening and growing. 

The Soil in Jackie’s Garden introduces budding gardeners to the magic happening in their very own backyard with beautiful visuals that open vertically to showcase the secrets beneath the surface of the soil. Follow Jackie and her diverse group of friends as they meet pollinators, measure progress, and patiently wait for their sweet snack to grow. But it doesn't stop there — the soil is packed with critters creating compost for next season's seeds!

Written in the cumulative style of “The House that Jack Built, the catchy alliterations and engaging illustrations are interwoven with scientific facts that teach young readers about the life cycle of a plant, the natural processes that create new soil, and the importance of composting for a sustainable garden.

About the Author: Peggy Thomas is the author of more than twenty award-winning nonfiction books for children including Hero For the Hungry: The Life and Work of Norman Borlaug, illustrated by Sam Kalda, and Full of Beans: Henry Ford Grows a Car, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, which earned the AFBFA 2020 Book of the Year Award. When not in her garden, Peggy is most likely speaking with students about sustainability and food security or researching her next true story. Learn more about Peggy at

About the Illustrator: Neely Daggett lives with her husband and three children in tree-filled Portland, Oregon. Making picture books is her passion, but Neely also loves to work in her garden, take her dog Luna on long walks, and visit the Oregon coast with her family. You can find more of Neely's work at

About the Publisher: Feeding Minds Press is a project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The mission of the Foundation is to build awareness and understanding of agriculture through education. The goal of Feeding Minds Press is to publish accurate and engaging books about agriculture that connect readers to where their food comes from and who grows it. Learn more at


One winner will receive The Soil in Jackie’s Garden prize pack which includes book and root viewer growing kit.
Open to US only 18 and older. Ends 6/12/24