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Sam the Landscape Architect

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Print and e-book published in October 2020

Sam loves to design things! She plans to be a landscape architect—to make the world green. Follow along as she designs parks, gardens, and more to improve her community.

Sam is full of ideas and uses her imagination to solve problems in her city. Part of a STEAM career-themed picture book series, Sam the Landscape Architect shows kids how they can take something they love and are passionate about and use it to make the world a better place. Perfect for encouraging critical and creative thinking! Spatial analysis and critical thinking skills in K-12 students better prepare them for success, especially in science, engineering, and mathematics.

For grades 1-5. Includes a glossary.

The STEAM at Work! series brings awareness to exciting, fun STEAM careers and opens children up to new ideas for channeling their passions. Each book demonstrates different environmental and social issues the characters use their skills to solve, encouraging critical and creative thinking about the world. Like its characters, readers will be inspired to make a positive difference in their community now and in their future careers. 


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The e-book of Sam the Landscape Architect, 9781589486485, $7.99, is available at most online retailers.

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Shannon Gapp is a landscape designer for the regional infrastructure engineering firm Bolton & Menk, Inc. Her experience includes urban and streetscape design, parks master planning, comprehensive community planning, public engagement, and digital rendering. Shannon’s passion for landscape architecture stems from her love for the outdoors, eye for design, and attention to detail. Shannon authored Sam the Landscape Architect as a part of the Bolton & Menk children’s book series to help inspire the next generation of landscape designers who want to create healthier, more sustainable communities.  

ISBN: 9781589486423    2020   24 pages   $7.99