Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
December 06, 2012 05:45 PM

Her husband already has two Grammys on the shelf, but for First Lady Michelle Obama, her first nomination is still an honor – one for which she shares the credit.

Mrs. Obama, who is nominated in the spoken-word category for her book American Grown, says in a statement to PEOPLE: “This nomination is such an honor not just for me, but for everybody who contributed to the garden and the audio book, from the National Parks Service employees to our White House chefs to our beekeeper.”

The book – part gardening how-to, part cookbook, part White House history – is, “So close to my heart because it tells the story of our White House Kitchen Garden and gardens all around the country,” she says, “as well as what Americans are doing to make sure our kids are growing up healthy.”

No official word on whether Mrs. Obama will attend the glittery music-awards ceremony in February (her husband never did; neither did Hillary or Bill Clinton when their audiobooks won), but the First Lady says she hopes the nomination alone “keeps the conversation going about how we can all work together to ensure a healthy future for all our nation’s children.”

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