TD Kids Book Club

Edmonton's TD Kids Book Club explores imagined gardens with Jon-Erik Lappano

Jon-Erik Lappano reads Tokyo Digs a Garden and shares his vision of urban wildlife with local students.
Jon-Erik Lappano talks to young readers about his award-winning picture book Tokyo Digs a Garden. (CBC Books)

Grade 4 students at Edmonton's Ecole/Escuela Grandin joined Daybreak Alberta host Russell Bowers for a conversation with author Jon-Erik Lappano about his picture book Tokyo Digs a Garden. The event was one of six TD Book Clubs happening across the country, in celebration of the books nominated for the 2017 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award

Jon-Erik Lappano and Russell Bowers visited students at Edmonton's Ecole/Escuela Grandin to talk about Tokyo Digs a Garden (CBC Books)

Tokyo Digs a Garden illustrates the magical transformation of a city into a jungle right before the reader's eyes. Students, however, did not have to travel any further than their school's halls to learn how Lappano turned his idea into a Governor General's Literary Award-winning picture book. 


Lappano answered questions ranging from the title's origin to the authors that inspired him, also offering writing advice for future storytellers.

Jon-Erik Lappano visits Grandin School in Edmonton to share his picture book, Tokyo Digs a Garden, with students. 6:17

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