Books on the Garden: A to Z! National Parks and Golden Gate Story Time and Activies

Saturday, August 27, 2022 - 10:00am

Books on the Garden logo on a seafoam green background. The logo is an open book surrounded by flowers and leaves with the words "Books on the Garden" on the pages, and a banner at the top and bottom which read "Green Apple Books" and "San Francisco Botanical Garden" respectively.

Books on the Garden: A-Z! National Parks and Golden Gate with Gus D'Angelo and Marta Lindsey

Join us on Saturday, August 27 at 10am when we are joined by children's book authors Gus D'Angelo and Marta Lindsey to celebrate their books National Park A-Z: Adevnture from Acadia to Zion and Golden Gate Park, An A-Z Adventure! We will have story time from both authors, and explore our treasured natural world and parks through coloring sheets, mad libs, and a scavenger hunt!


Date: Saturday, August 27

Time: 10am-12pm

Location: Great Meadow

Ages: 0-6, whole family is welcome!

This is a free event (minus admission to the Garden for non-SF residents), but please RSVP at the following link:

Copies of National Parks A-Z and Golden Gate Park: An A-Z Advenutre will be available for purchase.

Please bring blankets or chairs for sitting on the grass. Please be mindful of high chairs blocking others' view.

About National Parks A-Z: Adventure from Acadia to Zion!
National Parks A to Z captures the emotion and spirit of our national parks, using a layered approach that will appeal to young readers of any age. Each letter of the alphabet features a national park, an animal native to that park, and an outdoor activity associated with the park. From An Avocet Awakes at Acadia to A Zebra-Tailed Lizard Zonks Out at Zion, the reader travels from park to park, experiencing the landscapes, wildlife, history, and activities that make each park unique.

Informative sidebars explore deeper topics inspired by interviews with National Park Service rangers, Tribal Nation members, accessibility activists, field scientists, and visitors. This book shares their answers to a key question: What would you want to say to kids and other visitors about this park?

About Golden Gate Park, An A-Z Adventure

Explore California's most visited city park in this A-to-Z adventure!

A 2020 Eureka! Honor Award Winner

"This book will be an instant classic and resonate with anyone who has ever fallen in love with Golden Gate Park. It is truly gorgeous and really captures the uniqueness of the park."
--Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

From A for Artist Ruth Asawa's hanging wire creations in the de Young Museum, to Z for the Zebra on the carousel in the Koret Children's Quarter, this book leads you around San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Park to reveal a range of fun and surprising facts for tourists and locals alike. Step into art, science, nature, and culture by visiting the park's major attractions, like the serene Japanese Tea Garden; discovering secret destinations, like the magical fairy doors hidden in trees; or just relaxing on the green meadows where the bison roam. Included also at the back of the book is a colorfully illustrated map with extra trivia and details on the park's favorite sights.

The board book version of this is available as ABCs of Golden Gate Park.

About the Authors
Gus D'Angelo first fell in love with the outdoors as a child, hiking, fishing, and snowshoeing with his three brothers on his family’s farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. These early adventures led to his passion for public lands and his hope that all young people get to experience the thrill, mystery, and solitude of the outdoors. Author of San Francisco ABCs and New York ABCs, Gus is an illustrator and animator who now lives in San Francisco with his partner, filmmaker Jennifer Kroot.

Marta Lindsey is a writer and park lover. She lives in San Francisco with her family, just one block from Golden Gate Park. Marta's other favorite park is Point Reyes National Seashore, which inspired her first children's book.

About Books on the Garden
Books on the Garden is an event series collaboration between the San Francisco Botanical Garden and Green Apple Books. On the last Saturday of every month, a different literary event will take place at the SFBG with a wide variety of topics, always coinciding with and honoring nature, botanicals, and our beautiful garden setting. 

National Parks A to Z: Adventure from Acadia to Zion! By Gus D'Angelo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781680515879
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Mountaineers Books - August 1st, 2022

  • Each letter features a different national park
  • Entertains with lively art, engaging creatures, and alliteration
  • Addresses important issues like Leave No Trace, accessibility, animal safety, and more

Golden Gate Park, an A to Z Adventure By Marta Lindsey, Michael Wertz (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marta Lindsey, Michael Wertz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781513263014
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: West Margin Press - May 5th, 2020

Explore California's most visited city park in this A-to-Z adventure

A 2020 Eureka Honor Award Winner

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