A Year in the Secret Garden, Celebrations

A Year in the Secret Garden wins Mom’s Choice Award!

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Now that the hub-bub of Multicultural Children’s Book Day has slowed down to a manageable roar, I have some very exciting news that I have been dying to share!

On January 15th I received the most wonderful, exciting, heartwarming and I’m-think-I-am-going-to-burst pride-filled email.

Dear Valarie,

It gives us great pleasure to inform you that A Year in the Secret Garden has been named among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. Congratulations!

Award Details:
A Year in the Secret Garden
Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8)


GOLD!! A Year in the Secret Garden, a book that I co-authored with the wonderful Marilyn Scott-Waters, has received a Gold Award from Mom’s Choice Awards!

Mom's Choice Award

To say this is epic, is an understatement!

When writing A Year in the Secret Garden, Marilyn and I both had a vision of introducing the beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden to a new generation of families. The result was a wonderful guide that uses over two hundred full color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages. Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book.


Over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. A Year In the Secret Garden is our opportunity to introduce new generations of families to the magic of this classic tale in a modern and innovative way that creates special learning and play times outside in nature. This book encourages families to step away from technology and into the kitchen, garden, reading nook and craft room.



The warm fuzzy glow of the excitement hasn’t wore off yet, but one thing Marilyn and I DO know is that we want to CELEBRATE!

If you are looking for wonderful crafting activities, cooking project the whole family can participate in and character studies that help readers delve deeper into important characters like Mary, Dr. Craven, Colin, Ben Weatherstaff, Martha and Mrs. Melock, this book is for you.

Mom's Choice Award Sale

Readers, parents, teachers and librarians can grab their copy of A Year in the Secret Garden on the Audrey Press website and on Amazon.


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