​Gold Medal, 2017 Beverly Hills Book Awards
(interior book design) 

Silver Medal, 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards (health)

Bronze Medal, 2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Competition
(children's non-fiction)

Finalist, 2017
Great Lakes, Great Book Award
(kindergarten/1st grade)


"Eating should be a fun, stress free and healthy activity for families—especially for children. Lisa's book, Squash Boom Beet, brings that fun back by involving kids in making smart food choices."     
Meg Meeker, MD, the country’s leading authority on parenting, teens and children’s health, and author of  The Strong Parent Project, an online course.

"I love that Lisa is exploring the beauty of organically grown vegetables. This book not only inspires kids but adults as well."  —Carter Oosterhouse, host of TV shows including Trading Spaces and founder of Carter's Kids, a non-profit committed to helping children stay healthy through outdoor play.

"This beautiful, colorful book is sure to entice kids to eat their veggies, and hopefully inspire them to grow their own."  —Amy Smart, environmental advocate and actress

“Riding bikes and slinging compost buckets to reduce waste is awesome. But when I’m not outside, I like to read books and Squash Boom Beet is pretty good. It has lots of fun facts and colorful photos of local foods that people grew in compost rich soil. The book was even printed with ink made from vegetables so it’s good for the environment.”  —Carter Schmidt, kid entrepreneur behind Carter's Compost


Reviewed By Anita Henry *****
The perfect book for adventurous or picky eaters!

This is such a great idea for a book. Especially for parents of kids who are hesitant to try new foods. After reading this book to my daughter, she's really excited to check out the farmers markets this summer and hunt for some of these vegetables—and try them! The photography in the book is terrific; so rich in color. The vegetables really jump off the page. The writing is clever and funny and really draws younger readers in. Any parent with picky or adventurous eaters should check this book out!

Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
"Price's photographs look good enough to eat in her children's educational book entitled Squash Boom Beet: An Alphabet for Healthy, Adventurous Eaters. The book features the best of produce caught at the peak of perfection and complete with zany colors, peculiar shapes and descriptions of the tastes each vegetable is known for. While I had to seriously question whether I'd want to chew on a flowering chive stem as a snack, I was impressed by both the presentation and the nutritious promise implicit in this book. While some kids are inevitably going to turn up their noses at beets, no matter how attractively they're presented, there's a lot in this book to turn kids on and tempt them into trying new vegetables and getting involved in the process of growing, harvesting, and finding them. Squash Boom Beet: An Alphabet for Healthy, Adventurous Eaters brings healthy eating for children to a whole new level. It's most highly recommended."

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
"Writing in rhyming verse, the author introduces each new vegetable with an interesting twist: 'Dinosaur kale feels like an elephant's wrinkled skin. Watch leaves turn to liquid after a blender spin.' ... The intent is to amuse and entertain and it does just that and more. Coupled with beautiful photograph collages, this book is both an educational and a nourishing treat, far more than just an alphabet and a lesson in healthy eating."

Reviewed By Kim Anisi for Readers’ Favorite
"Most people wouldn't have an idea about rainbow chard or curly kale. So it is very nice to see such a beautifully designed book that shows how colorful and interesting vegetables can be. While this book is aimed at kids, some adults would do well to have a look at it, too. This book proves that veggies are fun."

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MyNorth Media Traverse City Author Promotes Healthy Eating with New Book

Record Eagle Author to Kids: Enjoy Your Vegetables!

Asbury Park Press.... Mom wants kids to eat veggies

Families First Book Review (June/July 2016 issue, page 29)

Named Northern Michigan Best Seller!​ (June 2016)​​​