Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt (Paperback)

(Nature Book for Kids, Gardening and Vegetable Planting, Outdoor Nature Book)

By Kate Messner, Christopher Silas Neal (Illustrator)

Chronicle Books, 9781452161365, 56pp.

Publication Date: March 14, 2017

List Price: 7.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


A companion to the new Over and Under the Pond and the beloved Over and Under the Snow, this sweet exploration of the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year "could not be more lovely," according to the Washington Post. Up in the garden, the world is full of green—leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home. In this exuberant and lyrical book, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves...and down in the dirt.

About the Author

Kate Messner is a middle school teacher and the author of several books for young readers. She lives on Lake Champlain.

Christopher Silas Neal is an award-winning illustrator. He currently teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and lives in Brooklyn, New York.