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The Boy Who Grew a Forest

The True Story of Jadav Payeng

Sophia Gholz, Kayla Harren (Illustrator)


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2020 Green Earth Book Award Long list

2020 Crystal Kite Awards - Southeast Division Winner

2020-2021 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award List

Notable Social Studies Trade Books list - Winning Title

2019 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award - Winning Title

Florida Book Award Gold Winner

Recipient of the 2019 Eureka Honors Award

Winner -Best of 2019 Kids Books - Most Inspiring Category

As a boy, Jadav Payeng was distressed by the destruction deforestation and erosion was causing on his island home in India's Brahmaputra River. So he began planting trees. What began as a small thicket of bamboo, grew over the years into 1,300 acre forest filled with native plants and animals. The Boy Who Grew a Forest tells the inspiring true story of Payeng--and reminds us all of the difference a single person with a big idea can make.

Sleeping Bear Press, 9781534110243, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2019