Amara’s Farm

by JaNay Brown-Wood
Illustrated by Samara Hardy
A young girl searches for pumpkins on her farm in this joyful celebration of cool-weather fruits and vegetables, from the new Where in the Garden? series.  
Price: $16.99
  • ISBN: 9781682631652
  • Publication date: 09/01/2021
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 10-3/8" x 9-3/8"
  • Age Range: 3-7


A young girl searches for pumpkins on her farm in this joyful celebration of cool-weather fruits and vegetables, from the new Where in the Garden? series.

Amara is hosting a potluck for friends on her farm, and her snacks won’t be complete without pumpkins. She’s searched and searched, but she’s grown so many plants that she needs help finding them. What do we know about pumpkins? They’re large, round, and orange—and, wait a minute, is that a pumpkin? No, that’s an apple. Where, oh, where could those pumpkins be?

Author JaNay Brown-Wood uses simple, playful text to guide young readers through Amara’s farm, exploring the unique characteristics of the apples, cauliflower, eggplant, okra, persimmons, and more that grow there.

Little gardeners will compare, contrast, and hunt for visual clues that eventually lead to the pumpkins and a fun potluck with Amara, her grandparents, and her diverse group of friends. Artist Samara Hardy brings this multi-layered story to life with vivid, cheerful illustrations created from layers of hand painted ink and watercolor texture. Back matter includes yummy molasses pumpkin bread recipe for little chefs to try.

Amara’s Farm is the first entry in the Where in the Garden? series from author JaNay Brown-Wood and illustrator Samara Hardy. Featuring a diverse cast of characters, the books explore gardening and farming during every season of the year. Perfect for early childhood and elementary education units on agriculture, farming, gardening, and healthy eating.


JaNay Brown-Wood


JaNay Brown-Wood grew up with a passion for writing and drafted her first series of unpublished picture books in the second grade. After earning a BA of Psychology UCLA, an MA of Child Development from CSU Sacramento, and a PhD of Education from UC Davis, JaNay still loves storytelling! Her first book, Imani’s Moon, was a NAESP Children’s Book of the Year and a Reading is Fundamental Multicultural Book Pick. She lives with her family in California.

Samara Hardy


Samara Hardy has always loved to draw. Unfortunately for her parents, this was often on their walls and furniture…with her mother’s lipstick. Realizing she might make a career out of this, she graduated with a degree in Illustration from Falmouth University and has since illustrated all kinds of wonderful things from picture books to reusable bags. She spends her days scribbling away and drawing by the sea in England.



“The repetition in Brown-Wood’s engaging, informative text reinforces comprehension, while Hardy’s digital illustrations, featuring hand-painted ink and watercolor textures for added depth, provide a festive atmosphere with their vibrant autumnal hues.” —The Horn Book

“The premise of this story will delight preschoolers who like to show off what they know, answering questions and searching the pages for pumpkins. . . . The illustrations are full of delightful details, and the wonderfully busy endpapers are scrumptious. A fun fall pick for interactive storytelling.” —Kirkus Reviews


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F&P: L, Gr 2, Genre I
Lexile: AD500L
Themes: Fruits and Vegetables, Gardening, Healthy Eating, Friendship
BISAC 1: JUV050000 JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food
BISAC 2: JUV025000 JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / Farm & Ranch Life
BISAC 3: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

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