Mia loves all things messy and muddy. Erik likes things spick-and-span and spotless. Together they enjoy their shared garden. But when Mia is left to tend the garden without Erik, nature starts taking over in no time at all! Will he like the wild meadow that has replaced his lawn? With pollinators and wildflowers, join Mia as she makes a meadow, sowing seeds of her own! Also included are pages of facts and illustrations of plants, pollinators and other insects, which children can use for 'spotting' in the story.
Rachel Lawston is the author of the much-praised Finn's Garden Friends. She is also a keen amateur orchid hunter, bird watcher and bat detector! Growing up in the countryside, she now lives in London: whether in town or city, she knows there is a world of nature waiting for children. She loves volunteering at WWT London Wetland Centre, where husband Paul is the Learning Manager, Paul is also an Environmental Education Consultant to publishers. He brings his expert knowledge to Mia Makes a Meadow.
Beatriz Castro is a professional illustrator. Growing up in Logrono, La Rioja, Spain, she was inspired by the natural world around her to draw and write fantastic stories. She is passionate about animals and books, including classic stories and fairy tales, and enjoys listening to rock and punk music. Her beautiful artwork has been published by numerous international publishing houses.
"A gently profound story illustrating the magnificence of the natural world."
– Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods
'If you are looking for an inclusive book to connect your little ones to wildlife and the outdoors from an early age, then look no further. Mia Makes a Meadow is a great example of urban rewilding and will (with luck) inspire many schools, families and community projects to get together and create something fantastic on their own doorstep. The ID pages and fact sheets at the end add an extra interactive guide, which children can implement immediately on their own adventures. I hope Mia and Finn's urban adventures get shared as far and wide as possible, it's never been more important to connect cities with nature!"
– Sarah Roberts, naturalist, eco journalist, and author