BookTowne Welcomes Children's Author Audrey Vernick for a Special Storytime

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BookTowne Welcomes Children's Author Audrey Vernick for a Special Storytime

BookTowne welcomes children's author Audrey Vernick with illustrator Lynnor Bontigao for a special story time; The World's Best Class Plant.

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Sunday, June 11 · 3 - 4pm EDT


BookTowne 171 Main Street Manasquan, NJ 08736

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  • 1 hour
  • Mobile eTicket


From the authors of NPR Favorite Book of the Year 2019 Five Minutes (That’s a Lot of Time) (No, It’s Not) (Yes, It Is) comes THE WORLD’S BEST CLASS PLANT (Putnam; 9780525516354; $18.99; ages 3-7), an irresistible picture book about the joys of indoor gardening.

Arlo’s classroom doesn’t have a fun class pet, like a chinchilla or a cockatiel or a bearded dragon. Instead, his class has a plant.

And it doesn’t squeak or whistle or whimper—or do much of anything at all.

One day, Arlo decides to name the plant Jerry. Something about naming the plant makes it more exciting. As the class learns to take care of Jerry, he starts to grow . . . greener and longer and twistier. And before long it's clear that something amazing has taken root in Arlo's classroom.

THE WORLD’S BEST CLASS PLANT is the perfect book for all the plant parents looking to pass on their green thumbs to the next generation. This book shows that taking care of a plant can be a fun and rewarding experience for kids and can easily be incorporated into a daily routine. The book’s back matter even includes helpful information for every reader on how to select and raise a plant like Jerry of their own!


ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick have collaborated on three previous picture books: Five Minutes (That’s a Lot of Time) (No, It’s Not) (Yes, It Is), which was one of NPR’s Favorite Books of the Year; Bob, Not Bob!; and Dear Substitute. Liz is the author of numerous beloved picture books, including the Caldecott Honor book All the World, and Audrey has written more than twenty books for young readers, including the critically acclaimed Brothers at Bat. Visit Liz at and Audrey at

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Lynnor Bontigao is the author and illustrator of the picture book Sari-Sari Summers. She has also illustrated You Are Revolutionary by Cindy Wang Brandt and Jack & Agyu by Justine Villanueva. You can visit Lynnor at

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