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2012 Growing Good Kidssm
Excellence in Children's Literature
Award Winners 
unveiled at the
AHS 20th Annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
on July 20 in Alexandria, Virginia

growing good kids book awards

GROWING GOOD KIDSsm
2012 Book Award Winners
AgriLife Press Release
AHS Press Release (PDF)
2011 Winners Rack Card (PDF))


 

 

Title and Credits

Age

Synopsis

mangrove tree

The Mangrove Tree

Susan L. Roth &
Cindy Trumbore

4-12

For a long time, the people of Hargigo, a village in the tiny African country,
were living without enough food for themselves and their animals. The families
were hungry, and their goats and sheep were hungry too. Then along came a scientist,
Dr. Gordon Sato, who helped change their lives for the better. And it all started
with some special trees. 
With alternating verse and prose passages, The Mangrove
Tree invites readers to discover how Dr. Sato’s mangrove tree-planting project
transformed an impoverished village into a self-sufficient community. This fascinating
story is a celebration of creativity, hard work—and all those mangrove trees that were
planted by the sea!

meadowlands

Meadowlands:
A Wetlands Survival Story

Thomas F. Yezerski

8-12

The 20,000 acres of wetlands in New Jersey now known as the Meadowlands were
once home to hundreds of species of plants and animals. But in the four hundred years
since European explorers first arrived in the Meadowlands, people have dammed up,
drained, built over, and polluted this formerly vibrant ecosystem—and all but destroyed
it. Still, signs of life remain—under bridges, on the edges of parking lots, and beside
train tracks. Slowly but surely, with help from activist groups, government organizations,
and ordinary people, the resilient creatures of the Meadowlands are making a comeback,
and the wetlands are recovering.

planting-the-wild-garden

 Planting the Wild Garden

by Kathryn O. Galbraith
illus. by Wendy Anderson Halperin

8-12

A farmer and her son plant vegetables in their garden, and
the wind carries a few seeds away. Birds and animals may carry some along with them on
their travels. Sometimes the rain washes them away to a new and unexpected location. And
sometimes something more extraordinary occurs, as in when the pods of the Scotch Broom
plant open explosively in the summer heat, scattering seed everywhere like popcorn.
Year-round, we all play a role in the dispersal of seeds throughout our landscape, planting
the wild garden together.


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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