The Boy Who Grew A Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng Books Sleeping Bear Press | Alder & Alouette

The Boy Who Grew A Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng

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As a boy, Jadav Payeng was distressed by the destruction deforestation and erosion was 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 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.


  • Written by Sophia Gholz and illustrated by Kayla Harren. 
  • Published by Sleeping Bear Press, March 15, 2019.
  • Ages 5 to 8 years
  • 0.3" H x 10.1" L x 10.2" W (1.0 lbs) 32 pages
  • Hardcover



  • 2020 Green Earth Book Award Long list
  • 2020 Crystal Kite Awards - Southeast Division Winner
  • 2020-2021 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award List
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Books list - Winning Title!
  • 2019 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award - Winning Title
  • Florida Book Award Gold Winner
  • Recipient of the 2019 Eureka! Honors Award
  • Winner -Best of 2019 Kids Books - Most Inspiring Category