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2011 Growing Good Kidssm
Excellence in Children's Literature
Award Winners 
unveiled at the
AHS 19th Annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
on July 22 in Michigan State University

growing good kids book awards

GROWING GOOD KIDSsm
2011 Book Award Winners
AgriLife Press Release
AHS Press Release (PDF)
2011 Winners Rack Card (PDF))


 

 

Title and Credits

Age

Synopsis

water weed and wait web

Water, Weed and Wait

Edith Hope Fine & Angela Demos Halpin

Illus by Colleen Madden

 

8-12

 

When Miss Marigold challenges the kids at Pepper Lane Elementary to turn
an unpromising patch of their schoolyard into a garden full of fruits, flowers,
and vegetables, they know they'll need all the help they can get. Soon
everyone in the community is lending a hand—including an unlikely neighbor
with a soft spot for gardening—and it isn't long before peppers, zucchini,
sugar peas, snapdragons, zinnias, and much more are growing and blooming.

 

Back matter includes photos of students gardening in real school gardens
and information on how readers can start their own school or home garden project.

Nibbles-cover-web

Nibbles
Charlotte Midleton

4-12

The guinea pigs of Dandeville love munching dandelion leaves so much
that slowly but surely dandelions are disappearing all over town. Soon there
is only one dandelion left! A little guinea pig named Nibbles finds this last
dandelion right outside his window. What should he do? Nibbles finds a
way to save the day—and the dandelions—in the green tale, which is
captured in unique mixed-media art.

In-the-Garden-with-Dr-Carver-web

 In the Garden
with Dr. Carver
Susan Grigsby
Illus by Nicole Tadgell

8-12

Sally is a young girl living in rural Alabama in the early 1900s, a time when people were struggling to grow food in soil that had been depleted by years of cotton production. One day, Dr. George Washington Carver shows up to help the grownups with their farms and the children with their school garden. He teaches them how to restore the soil and respect the balance of nature. He even prepares a delicious lunch made of plants, including "chicken" made from peanuts. And Sally never forgets the lessons this wise man leaves in her heart and mind. Susan Grigsby's warm story shines new light on an African American scientist who was ahead of his time.


The Junior Master Gardener Program and the American Horticultural Society honor engaging, inspiring works of plant, garden and ecology-themed children's literature through the new
"Growing Good Kids - Excellence in Children's Literature Awards" Program.

This award recognizes a select group of children's books that are especially effective at promoting an understanding of and appreciation for gardening and the environment.

 

Awards Home

 Award Criteria

Growing Good Kids Book Awards CLASSICS List

Award Winners for 2006
2007
2008

2009
2010
2011

2012
2013

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