I Am Farmer

Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Discover the true story of how environmentalist Farmer Tantoh is transforming the landscape in his home country of Cameroon.
When Tantoh Nforba was a child, his fellow students mocked him for his interest in gardening. Today he’s an environmental hero, bringing clean water and bountiful gardens to the central African nation of Cameroon. Authors Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul share Farmer Tantoh’s inspiring story.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2019-02-05
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF022000, JNF038010, JNF033000
Dewey 338.1096711
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 810
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 4.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 501416
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Glossary, Maps, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Baptiste Paul

Baptiste Paul grew up in St. Lucia, where at age seven he propagated a root cutting that still produces breadfruit for his family. He holds an Environmental Science degree and is the author of The Field, which received multiple starred reviews. His second picture book, Adventures to School, is also co-authored with Miranda Paul. Discover more at baptistepaul.com.

Author: Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children, including One Plastic Bag and Boston Globe–Horn Book Honoree Nine Months Before a Baby Is Born. Miranda is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and serves as its mentorship chair. Learn more at mirandapaul.com.

Illustrator: Elizabeth Zunon

Elizabeth Zunon grew up in the Ivory Coast, West Africa, and memories of her childhood can be seen in her artwork. She currently lives in Albany, New York. Find her online at www.lizzunon.com.


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2020
  • Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Literature Award, Nominated, 2020
  • 2020 Green Earth Book Award Honor, Winner, 2020
  • 2020 Wisconsin Library Association's Outstanding Book by a Wisconsin Author/Illustrator, Winner, 2020
  • Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature Best Books of the Year, Winner, 2019


School Library Journal

“A valuable work for early lessons on the environment and small-scale community action, and a reminder that one person can bring about change even in difficult circumstances.”—School Library Journal


“[A] beautiful book about an important topic and the man behind a movement.”—Booklist

The Horn Book Magazine

“This heartening story . . . conveys the importance of sound agricultural practices across farms, schoolyards, communities, and nations.”—The Horn Book Magazine