A Garden in Your Belly

Meet the Microbes in Your Gut

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

“A Garden in Your Belly’s colorful world helped me wake up…This book is as powerful as it is beautiful!” —Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Your belly is full of tiny creatures—and they love to eat! Along the river of your gut, tiny creatures move, eat, and grow. Learn more about the garden of microscopic flora growing inside the body and come on a journey that explains an important biological concept: the microbiome, the health of which affects everything in our bodies. Did you know that some foods are better for your microbiome (and you!) than others? Striking, original watercolor illustrations keep things from getting too gross. Informational back matter goes further into the science of the microbiome and reveals amazing facts about the gut.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2020-10-06
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF051030, JNF051050, JNF024010
Dewey 612.3/2
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Guided Reading Level S
Features Awards, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author, Illustrator: Masha D'yans

A classically trained painter and graphic designer, Masha D'yans was born in Europe, and her influences include nature, fairy tales, and Japanese art. Her vibrant watercolors have appeared on greeting cards, in calendars, and in children's books. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Visit her at www.masha.com.


  • Texas Topaz Reading List, Winner, 2021
  • Children's Literature Council of Southern California Book Award for Exemplary Work of Creative Non-Fiction, Winner, 2021



“[Has] vividly colored, wildly imaginative, and joyful artwork . . . A lively introduction to a vital element in human health.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“A good addition to collections looking to update their biology section.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“A gentle look deep inside.”—Kirkus Reviews

Eric Carle

A Garden in Your Belly‘s colorful world helped me wake up this morning. This book is as powerful as it is beautiful and that’s the minimum!” —Eric Carle