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Josie & Doug: 
The Magic of Native Plants!

"Josie and Doug: The Magic of Native Plants!" is a heartwarming children's book that takes readers on a captivating journey through the city of Loveland. Join Josie, an endearing pup with a sparkle in her eye, and Doug, a wise and kind ecologist, as they take a walk to discover the beauty of their town. However, they soon realize that a lot of life is missing. There is a lack of biodiversity due to the many nonnative and invasive plants in the landscaping and greenspaces. They realize that they need to plant native plants to bring a variety of life back to Loveland.


As Josie and Doug embark on a mission to restore the natural balance, they get to work in gardens, landscapes, and even along the Little Miami River. With a fun narrative and enchanting illustrations, the book emphasizes the importance of planting native species and removing invasives to protect the ecosystem. Readers witness the transformation of Loveland from a town lacking biodiversity to a vibrant, thriving community, thanks to the efforts of Josie, Doug, and their friends.  Click here for a helpful reading guide or use this reading guide is you do not have a lot of time or if it's a younger group.

This book is dedicated to Gina Dubell-Smith without whose help, encouragement, and support we would not be where we are today.

We are happy to announce that you can purchase this book locally at Bike Trail Books here in Loveland, Ohio (very soon!!)  .  Or you can order online from us here...


About Bike Trail Books

Bike Trail Books is an independent bookstore located in the historic district in Loveland, Ohio. Nestled right next to the bike trail and above Hometown Cafe, our little bookshop offers a beautiful selection of new books for all readers.

In our shop you'll find the newest releases and curated selections spanning all genres. We also carry children's books and gifts for the littlest readers in your life.

111 Railroad Avenue
2nd Floor

Loveland, OH 45140
Above Hometown Cafe

Note: when Hometown Cafe is closed (after 3PM), please use the side entrance marked Bike Trail Books.

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