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The Garden We Share

Illustrated by Swaney Julianna
Published by NorthSouth Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

To everything there is a season in this beautiful story about gardening, seasons, and treasured memories.

This inspiring picture book written by Zoë Tucker and illustrated by Julianna Swaney—the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines—celebrates the friendship between a young girl and an elderly woman as they plant seeds in a community garden alongside friends and neighbors, waiting for the seeds to flower. By mid-summer, the friends welcome a rainbow of color in the garden and picnics in the sun. At harvest, the young girl’s elderly friend is bed-ridden, but jubilant as they share baskets with red tomatoes and snap peas amid the sweet smell of lavender. When the last leaves fall, everything is different. But in the spring, hope arises anew.

Zoë Tucker is passionate about picture books and spends (almost) every day in the world of children’s publishing. Working as an art director and designer, she has the opportunity to work with authors, artists, and publishers from all over the world. Zoë lives and works on the south coast of England, with her husband, Adam, and her cat, Murray, and she uses a computer (almost) every day! She is the author of many children’s books including: Greta and the Giants (Frances Lincoln Children's Books) and Ada and the Number-Crunching Machine (NorthSouth Books). 


Julianna Swaney illustrates children’s books for a living and couldn’t feel luckier to have such an amazing job. She is the illustrator of many books including #1 New York Times bestselling The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be by Joanna Gaines. Julianna lives with her partner in a 1911 craftsman bungalow in Portland, Oregon and loves reading 19th century literature written by women. This is her first book for NorthSouth. Visit her at