Introducing Weeds in Nana's Garden

A heartfelt children’s story of love that helps explain Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.   Interested in adding this special book to your collection?*


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Handles a difficult topic brilliantly.

This award-winning picture book uses captivating images and tells a compelling story about a young girl and her Nana within a magical garden. It engages kids while also cultivating an understanding of dementia diseases like Alzheimer’s.
*Your purchase supports the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Recent News

Reviews from Experts

Second Place Winner in Children’s Fiction Category from Authors Talk About It Book Contest:

Announced November 1, 2017.

‘Every library, every doctor’s office, every child’s home bookshelf and every counselor’s office should have a copy of Kathryn Harrison’s Weeds in Nana’s Garden.” ~ Reviewers Comments for






Kathryn Harrison Named a Top Aging Influencer of 2017:

“These are some of the hardest working people in aging. Their work may not be headline grabbing but it’s worthy of your attention” ~ Patrick Roden of

Caregiver’s Companion Reviews Weeds in Nana’s Garden:

“A must experience for children of all ages” ~ Sissy Bown for

Five Stars and Silver Medal Awarded  by the Wishing Shelf Book Awards:


‘The illustrations are lovely and really add to the well-thought out story. It’s a sad story but that’s okay; it’s a sad disease. I would be delighted to have this in the school library.’ Primary Teacher, aged 55~ Readers Comments for The Wishing Shelf Book Awards.



FIVE STARS REVIEW from Readers’ Favorite:

“Great job by the author of this children’s book; it was simple and easy to understand! I loved this story.” ~ Tiffany Davis for Readers’ Favorite

Read latest article:

10 things my kids and their Nana with dementia did together…an article about some positives from my family’s experience with dementia: Read on .


“Dementia is a growing issue for families, young and old. It is often difficult for parents to talk about the disease with young children, yet Kathryn has managed to do so in an insightful and thoughtful way. I have worked in the dementia field for close to 20 years and think this book is a great tool to begin the conversation and increase children’s knowledge of how to cope with the disease.” ~ Marija Padjen, B.S.W., M.S.W., Recognized Expert in Dementia Programming

“This is an exquisitely written children’s book filled with bright, colourful and whimsical illustrations. But it is so much more than that. It is a heartfelt and provocative story that helps build an empathetic understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s rare to find a book that combines education, inspiration and emotional engagement. Weeds in Nana’s Garden fosters sympathy and compassion, with creative story telling that can be appreciated by young children and adults alike. Harrison has clearly crafted this touching and beautiful book with love and a personal touch. As with any great story, it stays with you long after you turn the final page.” ~ Lesley Bedard, M.B.A, Strategic Communications Consultant

“This book brings the reader to recognize the more important, deeper emotional connections a child has for a grandparent or someone they love, regardless of where the mind may go. A must have book for every elementary school library or therapist’s practice who work with children.” ~ S. Percival, M.A, LiveWell Counselling & Consulting

Author / Illustrator Kathryn Harrison holds a blend of science, marketing and art skills. She has a Bachelor of Science degree, an MBA, and worked for over a decade as a Communications professional before earning a Fine Art Diploma from the Toronto School of Art. In writing and illustrating this picture book, Kathryn has been able to layer all her different abilities together. Stirred by her experience with her mother’s dementia, Kathryn created this book to support families and spread awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Read More…

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