by Sophia Gholz, Illustrated by Kayla Harren
Sleeping Bear Press
2020 Green Earth Book Award Long list, 2020 Crystal Kite Awards - Southeast Division Winner, 2020-2021 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award List
As a boy, Jadav Payeng was distressed by the destruction that deforestation and erosion were 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 a 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.
Target age: 5 to 8