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Beans, Greens and Grades

(Ages 7 – 10 and/or Grades 2 – 4)

by D.S. Venetta

Book two continues the adventure as Lexi and Jason Williams take center stage at school when the principal enlists their help to establish a garden. The kids are thrilled to be selected as Green Ambassadors for this important project, but quickly learn how challenging it can be to work with others toward a common goal. Not only must they teach their fellow students how to garden, Lexi and Jason feel the pressure to make it fun and exciting (or become known as “The Most Boring Gardeners Ever” in school history). When the principal reveals a generous amount of grant money has been offered to continue the green program if the children succeed, the stakes rise.

Met by toils, trauma and troubles, the kids prove to themselves that they CAN garden and it’s not as hard as most people think. And they never expected the vegetables they grew to taste better than those they buy at the grocery store. But it’s true! Ask any child gardener and they’ll tell you.

“Great Enrichment Tool for Teachers Exploring Science Fields with their Students”


“Award-Winning Finalist in the Children’s Fiction Category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards”

Books available for purchase from all major retailers: Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Nook, iTunes, Books-A-Million, and independent bookstores everywhere!

~Accompanying coloring book available~


The Muddy Fingers Garden Crew to the Rescue!

Book #3

Book three follows the children from school to a nearby neighborhood where they work to save a friend’s community garden in jeopardy of closure due to a squabble among neighbors. Will all be lost? Not if the kids have anything to say about it!

(Coming summer 2017)

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  • by Blair Bancroft, Author

    Although Show Me the Green! is clearly a strong “Let’s garden” for country and suburban children, even city dwellers should be inspired by this charming tale of how to grow veggies. With chapter titles like “Slippery Eggs & Seeds,” “Wacky Weeds,” “Shiny Frogs & Flittering Flies,” this is a fun story in itself and an inspiration to children everywhere.


  • by Sharon Grier, Teacher

    Not only were the characters easy to relate to and real, one can learn quite a bit about gardening without feeling like you’re reading a textbook. My students commented that they had felt just like Jason and Lexi a few times, and I shared that I had surely felt like the mom, too. Having read many books, I feel strongly about recommending this book to students as well as teachers. Great, well-written children’s book!


  • by Kirkus

    Venetta’s debut children’s book conveys the thrill of growing one’s own food.

  • by Indie Reader

    A cheerful, welcoming way to plant seeds of interest in gardening for elementary-school aged children, SHOW ME THE GREEN! falls on fertile soil.


  • by Queen Bee Books

    This is a story that kids will be absorbed in without realizing how much they’re learning–about seeds, planting, plant life cycles, bugs, fertilizer… If you’re looking for a chapter book to get kids excited about nature, gardening, and science, this one would fit the bill.