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Our Neighborhood Forest: A Children's Book About Nurturing a Seed and Growing a Movement

ISBN: 9781634897112
Binding: Hardcover
Author: Vikas Narula
Illustrator: Sophie Astrum
Pages: 42
Trim: 8.5 x 7 inches
Published: 04/26/2024

In this kids' nature book inspired by real-life endeavors of the nonprofit organization Neighborhood Forest, readers will be taken on a tale filled with the magic of nature and the joy of giving back.

There once was a boy who loved trees…

Vikas loves climbing trees and hiding in their branches. When he gets the opportunity to plant his very own tree seedling, he'll learn about the secrets to helping a tree grow big and strong.

Filled with vibrant illustrations and heartwarming storytelling, this Children's book about trees will uncover,

  • The transformative power of nature

  • How trees teach us about generosity

  • An enchanting tale about trees, kids, and Earth Day

See what a small seed can grow into when Vikas takes what he learned from trees and pays it forward.

Our Neighborhood Forest is a timeless story of growing something of lasting value - nurturing a seed with love and witnessing the unfolding power of purpose, patience, and perseverance.


Vikas Narula is a co-founder of the nonprofit Neighborhood Forest. He is a graduate of Maharishi International University (MIU), where he founded an environmental club inspired by the American Free Tree Program. It was during this time that Vikas discovered his profound affinity for nature and trees, often reminiscing about his happiest childhood moments when he was simply hanging out in a tree or forest.

Continuing his pursuit of knowledge and personal growth, Vikas earned an MBA from Duke University, where he refined his leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit. Throughout his life, Vikas has been driven by a deep exploration of the interconnectedness of himself with others, nature, and Spirit, finding inspiration in the goodness of God, the beauty of nature, and the generosity of humans.

Vikas finds joy and fulfillment in seeing things grow - his family, his ventures, and his trees! He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife Priya, their two sons, Nayan and Ishaan, and their beloved husky, Wolfee. Together, they have worked to enhance community, grow the forest, and facilitate spiritual growth, even as they navigate the ups and downs of family life, work, and the pursuit of a better world.