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“I’d like to state my appreciation to your cause. I do believe that the children of today need to be educated about the environment.” – Gabriel Vivas 

Check out these favorite books that celebrate the garden. Read to your class, and then bring the kids out to the garden for an activity - see below for activity links.

To purchase, click on the book cover for more details. Happy reading!

Seed Folks

GEF Activity Links:
Recycled Planters

Seedfolks Paul Fleischman
One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed.


GEF Activity Links:
Garden Scavenger Hunt
Composting with Worms
Measuring Rainwater

Roots Shoots Buckets and Boots Sharon Lovejoy
Green thumbs and non-green thumbs alike will fall in love with Roots, Shoots, Buckets, & Boots, a remarkably fun and informative introduction to the wonderful world of gardening--and more specifically, gardening with children. Learn how to make everything from a pizza garden, to a sunflower house, to a moon garden.

Farmers Almanac “The Old Farmer’s 2012 Almanac”

Farmers Cookbook “The Old Farmer’s Everyday Cookbook Almanac”

You Grow! “You Grow Girl” Gayla Trail
Quirky illustrations and a chatty style relay all sorts of gardening tips, from preparing a garden for winter to keeping pests away from potted tomatoes.
Fanny at Chez "Fanny at Chez Panisse" Alice Waters
Late elementary, Middle School
Fanny is Alice Waters’ own daughter who lends her voice to tell the story of a child’s life at the Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley. The book includes a collection of simple, delicious, and fun recipes.
Clueless Clueless in the Kitchen: A Cookbook for Teens and Other Beginners Evelyn Raab
Grades 7 and up
This cookbook targets a middle-to-high school demographic with basic recipes for any and every occasion. (think: “cheap eats” and “artsy vegetarian girlfriend/boyfriend”)