By: Shannon Anderson

Illustrated by: Jaclyn Sinquett

Published: April 5, 2022

Publisher: Feeding Minds Press


May is National Strawberry Month and here in Iowa, June is picking season. There is nothing better than a freshly picked strawberry right from the patch. I love buying several pints and freezing some for those cold winter days when I need a reminder that summer is coming.

Jolie loves strawberries. She loves them so much she wants to grow her very own strawberry patch. In her journal, Jolie plans her dream of growing her own strawberries. In April, she starts plotting out her mission including acting older and handling more responsibilities. She tries growing grass from seeds by watering them and giving them lots of sunshine. Then she realizes it costs money to buy strawberry plants, so she tries selling lemonade to earn money. After proving that she can be responsible, her parents decide to give her a space to plant strawberries.

Along with caring for the strawberries, Jolie shares facts about strawberries. Jolie realizes that growing strawberries are a lot of work, but there are also a lot of rewards. When the season ends, she finds a new fruit that she just might want to start growing.

The pages include the story of Jolie wanting to plant a strawberry patch but also include pages from Jolie’s journal. This makes the reading more fun for kids as they can see themselves in Jolie. Maybe Jolie’s journal and missions will inspire your child to reach for their goal or dream.

The end of the book includes helpful information from the author about various varieties of strawberries to plant, how to handle pests, and where to find U-Pick farms to pick strawberries in your area.

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Shannon Anderson is an award-winning children’s book author and national speaker. She taught for 25 years, from first grade through the college level, and was named one of the 10 teachers who “awed and inspired” The Today Show in 2019. Shannon loves doing author visits, providing PD for teachers, mentoring aspiring writers, and keynoting at events. Check out her website, HERE.

Jaclyn Sinquett grew up playing in her dad’s garden, feeding worms to box turtles and tossing french fries to seagulls at the Jersey shore. She now spends her time painting shells with her little daughter, catching up on a certain great baking show, and illustrating books for children. Her favorite color is yellow ochre. Jaclyn received her BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in 2008. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is proud to be represented by Christy Tugeau Ewers at the CAT Agency. Check out her website, HERE.

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. Check out all their amazing children’s books, HERE.

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