A Patch From Scratch by Megan Forward

Jesse’s family live in the suburbs outside a big city and are keen to start growing their own food in their backyard. So, the family draw up plans, build a chicken coop and create ‘no dig’ veggie patches from scratch to plant their freshly purchased seedlings in. Neighbours get involved through food swapping and lending their hands, while seeds are sown and the joys of germination marvelled at. With beautiful, soft colours and busy illustrations, Megan Forward has created a lovely story about the joys of gardening and spending time with family and friends as well as the delicious produce that can be grown at home. For ages 3 and up.

Katherine Dretzke is a bookseller at Readings Hawthorn.