An intergenerational picture book about a day spent gardening and sharing stories together. What better a time than to learn about the country where Nana came from — and how new traditions and culture are shared through experiences such as these.

Memory Garden – a picture book written by Zohreh Ghahremani and illustrated by Susie Ghahremani. Published by Godwin Books / Henry Holt / Macmillan, 2024.


My debut collaboration with my mom, author Zoe Ghahremani, releases February 27th to advance acclaim:

  • “After enduring a long stretch of gray winter days, I was thrilled to escape to the green world of this warm picture book, where a young girl and her grandmother are planting flowers together… I particularly love how the bright illustrations blossom across each page, connecting the past to the present.” — Lit Hub
  • ”A moving tale about a young girl connecting with her elder relative among a fantastical garden in hopes of learning about her family’s past. Yes, it’s a children’s book, but adults will likely be moved to tears as well.” – San Diego Union Tribune
  • “Amber-toned illustrations and lyrical, child-friendly text paint a poetic picture of both the present and the past.” – Kirkus
  • “A mother-daughter team of Iranian descent contemplate memory in this intergenerational tale. Vibrant illustrations in a green-gold palette—painted in gouache on vellum—include Persian motifs.” – Publisher’s Weekly
  • “This sweet immigration story straddles space and time as the pair’s surroundings bring back specific, vivid memories of the garden Nana once knew in Iran…Overlayed Persian floral motifs satisfyingly meld with the depictions of the flora in the gardens.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


Zohreh Ghahremani is a former children’s dentist and professor, award-winning adult fiction author, and renowned voice of the Iranian diaspora who has been featured in media internationally. Her debut novel, Sky of Red Poppies, was a KPBS One Book and her sophomore novel, The Moon Daughter, won a Writer’s Digest Book Award for Best Literary Fiction in 2019. Born in Torbat, Iran, she now lives in Southern California. Memory Garden is her first picture book.


Susie Ghahremani is an award-winning illustrator and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). When not painting tiny paintings, illustrating children’s books, designing stationery and gifts, teaching at RISD, exhibiting her work internationally, shipping orders, or connecting with the illustration community, she lives in sunny San Diego with her husband and zillions of pets. She is Zohreh’s daughter. Visit her online at

Imprint: Godwin Books
Publication Date: February 27, 2024
Price: $18.99
Trim Size: 8 x 10 inches
ISBN: 1250843030
EAN: 9781250843036
Page Count: 40