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Beans, Greens and Grades

Venetta, Dianne- Beans, Greens and Grades (final)

Beans, Greens and Grades continues the adventure as Lexi and Jason Williams take center stage at school when Principal Gordon enlists their help to establish a school garden at Beacon Academy. The kids are thrilled to be selected as Green Ambassadors for this important project but learn very quickly 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.

No worries! Lexi and Jason are up to the task, assisted by their student council members. But as they formulate, organize and implement the plan for Beacon Academy’s first school garden, the kids are sidetracked by trouble, toils and trauma. Everyone has their OWN opinion on how to care for their plants, what should be done, and who should be doing it.

Hey–wait a minute. Who’s in charge around here?

Find out in book #2 of the Wild Tales & Garden Thrills series! Beans, Greens and Grades

“Beacon Academy students gain a sense of community and shared responsibility for the fruits and vegetables they grow, as well as a deep appreciation for the natural world around them and the food that goes into their bodies.”

“Teamwork, enthusiasm, and creative problem-solving are but a few of the aspects teachers and parents will welcome for their young readers. Don’t be surprised if this book becomes the inspiration for a garden at your school—it’s a growing trend!”

“An often lively take on what children may accomplish with a garden.” ~ Kirkus

Middle Grade Fiction

Ages: 7 – 10

Grades: 2 – 4  (Lexile 650L)

Genre: Gardening, Nature, Science, Environment

Formats available:

$6.99 Full-color ebook ~ ISBN: 978-0-9964391-5-2 (Axis 360, Library Direct, Overdrive)
$12.99 Print (black & white, 267 pages) ~ ISBN: 978-0-9964391-8-3 (Ingram)
$12.99 Print Education Edition ~ ISBN: 978-15351897-9-8 (Baker & Taylor)

$6.99 Coloring Book featuring all of the illustrations from the book ~ ISBN: 978-0-9964391-7-6

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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.