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2013 Growing Good Kidssm
Excellence in Children's Literature
Award winners 
unveiled at the
AHS National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
on July 12 at the Denver Botanical Gardens

growing good kids book awards

GROWING GOOD KIDSsm
2013 Book Award Winners


 

 

Title and Credits

 Age   

Synopsis

Our School Garden!

by Rick Swann
illustrated by Christy Hale

 8-12

New city. New school. Michael is feeling all alone—until he
discovers the school garden! There’s so many ways to learn,
and so much work to do. Taste a leaf? Mmm, nice and tangy hot.
Dig for bugs? “Roly-poly!” he yells. But the garden is much
more than activities outdoors: making school garden stone soup,
writing Found Poems and solving garden riddles, getting involved
in community projects such as Harvest Day, food bank donations,
and spring plant sales. Each season creates a new way to learn,
explore, discover and make friends.

Molly's Organic Farm 

by Carol Malnor and Trina Hunner
illustrated by Trina Hunner

8-12  

Whoosh...the wind blows open a creaky gate. Inquisitive and mischievous,
a homeless little cat scampers through—and suddenly finds herself in
the wondrous world of an organic farm! Affectionately named “Molly” by
the farmers who discover her, she romps, naps, and hunts among the
vegetables. Seen through Molly’s eyes, the reader discovers the
interplay of nature that grows wholesome food. But what will happen to
Molly when winter comes? Based on a true story, Molly will touch
children’s hearts while introducing them to plants and the key elements
of growing food organically. Standards-based science concepts and
activities at the end of the book expand the message of the story.

 First Peas to the Table

by Susan Grigsby
illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

8-12

Maya loves contests, so she is excited when her teacher announces that
her class will plant a garden like Thomas Jefferson's. They'll also have
a First Peas to the Table contest just like Jefferson and his neighbors
had. Maya plants her pea seeds with a secret head start--found in Thomas
Jefferson's Garden Book. But her friend Shakayla has plans of her own for
winning the contest.


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

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2007
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