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Garden Storybooks

Book Title
Key Concepts

A Butterfly is Patient
Dianna Hutts Ashton and Sylvia Long
Butterfly life cycles, camouflage, needs of living things, migration

A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope
Michael Foreman
conflict resolution, gardening, planting

And the Good Brown Earth
Kathy Henderson
Seasonal changes; importance of soil

Animals in Winter
Henrietta Bancroft
seasonal changes; migration, hibernation, adaptation - can use for winter activity in school garden

A Seed is Sleepy
Dianna Hutts Ashton and Sylvia Long
Seed biology, beautiful illustrations, science in storybook form

Betsy Laruche sauve les abeilles
Catherine Jacob
Exploring in the garden, pollinators, bees

Big City Bees
Maggie deVries
Urban bees, pollinators

Bob and Otto
Robert O. Bruel
worms, caterpillars, butterflies, life cycles

Caterpillar, caterpillar
Vivian French
life cycle, caterpillar, butterfly, food, habitat

Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth
Mary McKenna Siddals
composting, what to compost, alphabet, rhyming

Diary of a Worm
Doreen Cronin
Fun book with some facts and lots of fiction - good to incorporate a fictions vs nonfiction lesson

Steve Tomecek
soil, lots of detail in story format

Flowers are Calling
Rita Gray and Kenard Pak
Pollinators; pollinator and flower adaptations

From Seed to Pumpkin
Wendy Pfeffer
How seeds grow to plants; good to combine with seed planting activities

Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: A compost story
Linda Glaser
compost, stages of compost in story form

Heroes of the Vegetable Patch
Ulf Stark and Charlotte Ramel
garden maintenance, vegetable garden, watering, weeding, caring, harvesting

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin
Margaret McNamara
Math, counting, anti-bullying

Hurry and the Monarch
Antoine O Flatharta
Monarch migration

In the Snow: Who's Been Here?
Lindsay Barrett George
Tracking in story form

Je suis bien dans mon assiette: car je respecte mon estomac et ma planète
Jean-René Gombert
food miles, food system, environment

Meerkat Mail
Emily Gravett
Connect with habitat postcard activity

One Watermelon Seed
Celia Lottridge
Seed matching/counting activity, good to combine with planting activity

Our Community Garden
Barbara Pollack
Kids growing and sharing food in community garden

Our School Garden
Rick Swann
Poems about different aspects of the school garden

Over and Under the Snow
Kate Messner
snow, habitat, hibernation, tracks, animals, adaptation - can use for winter activity in school garden

Pick, Pull, Snap! Where Once a Flower Bloomed
Lola M Schaeffer
Plant life cycles, flower to fruit

Plant a Little Seed
Bonnie Christensen
Seasons in the garden, seed-to-table

Planting a Rainbow
Lois Ehlert
colours, colour scavenger hunt, garden, seasons

Quiet in the Garden
Sensory exploration in the garden

Ken Robbins
Describing different seeds and how they travel

Secrets of the Garden
Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
story with lots of food chain/web facts, garden through season

Secrets of the Seasons
Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Seasonal changes/cycles

Stone Soup
Jon J Muth
Stone Soup, cooking, community

The Curious Garden
Peter Brown
Urban gardens, urban nature

The Enormous Potato
Aubrey Davis
Community, harvest, feast

The Seedfolks
Paul Fleischman
community, novel, community garden, diversity

The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone
Timothy Basil Ering
Urban nature, starting from a seed, magic of seeds

The Vegetables We Eat
Gail Gibbons
plant parts, plant parts we eat, growing food

Tracks in the Snow
Wong Herbert Lee
tracking in the snow - can use for winter activity in school garden

Up, Down and Around
Katherine Ayres
garden plants growing, can be used for movement activity

Water, Weed and Wait
Edith Hope Fine and Angela Halpin
starting school garden, community involvement, patience, teamwork

What Do Roots Do?
Kathleen V Kudlinski
Plant parts, roots

What kinds of seeds are these?
Heidi Bee Roemer
seed matching

What’s in the Garden?
Marianne Berkes
Food garden, guessing what is growing

Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer
Carol Brendler
benefits of worms/composting, life cycles, connections between living things

Wonderful Worms
Linda Glaser
worms, soil, earthworms

Yucky Worms
Vivian French
Factual storybook about worms and compost

Garden Reference Books for Kids

Book Title
Key Concepts

A Colony of Bees
Richard and Louise Spilsbury
bees, diagrams

A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds
Jean Richards
seed dispersal, fruit, younger grades

A Seed Grows: my first look at a plant's life cycle
Pamela Hickman
plant grows from seed to fruit, seed planting

L'Aventure du pollen: la propagation des plantes
Kim Mi-Gyeong and Lee Yeong-Rim
diagrams, pollinators, fertilisation, seed dispersal

Les abeilles
Deborah Hodge
diagram, honey bee, bee dance

Life Cycle of a Butterfly
Angela Royston
butterfly life cycle

Plant Reproduction
Richard and Louise Spilsbury

Starting from Scratch: What you should know about food and cooking
Sarah Elton
cooking for kids, techniques, food chemistry, biology

Garden Reference Books for Educators

Book Title
Key Concepts

Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature
Jon Young, Ellen Haas, Evan McGown
lots of great outdoor, nature activities; lots of inspiration

Get Growing! Activities For Food And Garden Learning
Jolie Mayer-Smith and Linda Peterat
Lots of lesson plans, mostly older elementary grades

Green Teacher Magazine
nature education, articles, activities, environment

How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers
Arden Bucklin-Sporer and Rachel Pringle
Getting a school garden running

Kitchen Garden Cooking with Kids
Stephanie Alexander
lots of excellent recipes, story about school garden/kitchen

Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms
Clare Walker Leslie
seasonal nature/outdoor activities

Project Seasons
Deborah Parrella (Shelburne Farms Books Series)
hands-on activities for nature and env education

The Bumper Book of Nature
Stephen Moss
nature, guidebook, activities

Gardening Reference Books

Book Title
Key Concepts

Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces
Gayla Trail
Easily accessible information about organic food gardening

You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening
Gayla Trail
Info and tips re organic gardening, one chapter re food

Rodale Organic Gardening Basics. Volume 8, Compost
Rodale Organic Gardening Magazine and Books
compost, compost critters, troubleshooting, step-by-step guide

Seed Sowing and Saving: Step-by-Step Techniques for Collecting and Growing More Than 100 Vegetables, Flowers, and Herbs
Carole B. Turner
Clear information about seed and plant life cycles in relation to seed saving; how to plan your garden for seed saving; seed saving instructions

How to Save Your Own Seeds
Seeds of Diversity
Easy to understand book about seed saving, when to plant, etc.

A Garden for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee
Lorraine Johnson
Great resource about Southern Ontario native plants and pollinators.