Plants (Nature All Around)

Written by: Pamela Hickman

Illustrated by: Carolyn Gavin

For ages: 7-10 years 

Language: English

Topics Covered: Pint-Sized Professor, Biology, Plants, Nature.


I really like this book! It was designed for kids, but for kids who love plants. The book is organized in a clear concise way with beautiful illustrations. One of my favorite sections is the “Beginning Plant-Watching”section which helps develop observation skills in kids, giving helpful definitions and illustrations to help assist in identification. The Growing Zones map is nicely color-coded and having information by season helps to also develop the observation skills too, and what to expect when gardening.

Overall, this is an awesome book that isn’t too overwhelming but instead inspires a traipse through the woods with a magnifying glass. Plants All Around was sent to us by Kids Can Press, but all opinions are our own!

About the Author and Illustrator

Pamela Hickman is the author of over 35 non-fiction books for children, including winners of the Green Award for Sustainable Literature, International Best Book Award, Society of School Librarians, Canadian Authors Association Lilla Stirling Memorial Award and Parent’s Choice Award. She lives in Canning, Nova Scotia.

Carolyn Gavin is a painter, Illustrator and designer based in Toronto, Canada. Vibrant, playful and happy are perfect words to describe her style. A flower child of the 60’s, Carolyn grew up in South Africa, left to travel  and relocated to Canada where she currently lives with her family. Carolyn is principal designer for Ecojot. A family run eco-friendly paper business.

She also freelances with her agent Lilla Rogers Studio and licenses her work for fabric, house wares, packaging, bedding and books. Carolyn works in Gouache, water-colour, pen and ink and Procreate. Finding inspiration in travel, flowers, exotic color and pattern, Carolyn makes sure her life is filled with beauty and creativity.

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