WV School Garden Toolkit

written for and by west virginia school gardeners

Gardening Resources for Children

By Mary Beth Bennett, WVU Extension Service

     April, 2012

Beyond the Bean Seed.  Gardening Activities for Grades K – 6.  By Nancy Allen Jurenka and Rosanne J. Blass.  Teachers Ideas Press.  1996.  ISBN 1-56308-346-9

Botany on Your Plate: Investigating the Plants We Eat, By Berrett, Katharine D, White, Jennifer,M and Manoux, Christine.  2008 The Regents of the University of California.  Published by the University of California and the National Gardening Association.  ISBN – 13: 978-0-915873-49-4.  Cost $21.95

Digging Deeper: Integrating Youth Gardens Into Schools & Communities.  A Comprehensive Guide. By Joseph Kiefer & Martin Kemple. 1998. Common Roots Press Food Works 64 Main Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602 800-310-1515.  Cost $19.95.  ISBN 1-884430-04-X.

Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea.  Waters, Alice.  2008.  Chronicle Books, LLC.  San Francisco, CA   ISBN: 978-0-8118-6280-6 $24.95

Farm to Table & Beyond.  Koch, Pamela A., Barton, Angela Calabrese, and Contento, Isobel R.  2008 Teachers College Columbia University and The National Gardening Association. ISBN 978-0-915873-50-0.  Cost $39.95

Garden Detectives: A publication of the Community Environmental Council.  By Tahara Ezrahti.  2000.  Community Environmental Council, 930 Miramonte Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. (805) 963-0583.

Gardening With Children.   By Hannermann, Monika; Hulse, Patricia; Johnson, Brian; Kurland, Barbara, and Patterson, Tracey.  2007 Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Inc.  ISBN 13: 978-1-889538-30-3 or ISBN 10:1-889538-30-2.  Cost $9.95

Grow It Cook It.  2008 DK Publishing, New York, NY,  ISBN 978-0-7566-3367-7.  Cost $15.99.

The Growing Classroom: Garden-Based Science.  Jaffe, Roberta and Appel, Gary.  2007 The National Gardening Association.  A Life Lab Science Program.  ISBN 978-0-915873-48-7.  Cost $39.95

Growing Food. Koch, Pamela A., Barton, Angela Calabrese, and Contento, Isobel R.  2007 Teachers College Columbia University and The National Gardening Association. ISBN 978-0-915873-47-0.  Cost $34.95

Health and Nutrition from the Garden, A Junior Master Gardener Golden Ray Series.  Level One.  2001, Texas Agricultural Extension Service.  Order copies from:  JMG Distribution 1515 Emerald Plaza, College Station, Texas 77845  http://www.jmgkids.us/

Junior Master Gardener Handbook and Teacher/Leader Guide, 1999 Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Order copies from:  Connexion Enterprises, LLC 1515 Emerald Plaza, College Station, Texas 77845. ISBN 0-9672990-0-4 and 0-9672990-1-2 respectively.  Cost  $20 and $38  respectively.

Math in the Garden.  2006.  By Jennifer M. White, Katharine D. Barrett, Jaine Kopp, Christine Manoux, Katie Johnson, and Yvette McCullough.  Published by the Regents of the University of California and the National Gardening Association.  ISBN-13: 978-0-915873-46-3 or ISBN-10: 0-915873-46-X

The National Gardening Association Guide to Kids’ Gardening: A Complete Guide for Teachers, Parents and Youth Leaders.  By Lynn Ocone and Eve Pranis. 1983,1990.  ISBN 0-471-52092-6.  Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York, NY.

Nourishing Choices: Implementing Food Education in Classrooms, Cafeterias, and Schoolyards. Pranis, Eve.  2008 The National Gardening Association.  ISBN- 13: 978-0-915873-51-7.  Cost $21.95

Ready, Set, Grow: A Guide to Gardening With Children.  Bales, Suzanne Frutig.   1996.  Macmillan, New York, NY.  ISBN 0-02-860399-0

Schoolyard Habitats: A How-to Guide for K-12 School Communities.  A world of nature as your classroom.  The National Wildlife Federation.  2001 ISBN 0-9450051-69-7

Schoolyard Mosaics: Designing Gardens and Habitats.  2002.  The National Gardening Association, South Burlington, Vermont.  http://www.gardeningwithkids.org/books.html   $19.95

Wildlife Gardener. A JMG Golden Ray Series.  Level One.  2004.  Texas Agricultural Extension Service.  Order copies from:  JMG Distribution 1515 Emerald Plaza, College Station, Texas 77845.  ISBN 0-9712612-2-http://www.gardeningwithkids.org/books.html

Worms Eat Our Garbage. Classroom Activities for a Better Environment.   Appelhof, Mary, Fenton, Mary Frances, and Barbara Loss Harris.  1993.  Flower Press, Kalamazoo, Michigan.  ISBN 0-942256-05-0

Viola, Herman and Margolis, Carolyn.  Seeds of Change.  A Quincentennial Commemoration.  Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.

Hawke, Sharryl Davis and James E. Davis. Seeds of Change. Addison-Wesley, 1992.

The story of cultural exchange between the Old and New World since 1492, emphasizing the horse, potato, corn, sugar, and disease. Adapted from original Smithsonian edition of Seeds of Change.

Woram, Catherine & Cox, Martyn.  Gardening With Kids.  Ryland Peters & Small, New York, NY.  ISBN 978-1-84597-590-6  $19.95

Children’s Books

Appelhof, Mary.  Worms Eat My Garbage.  1982.  Flower Press, Kalamazoo, Michigan.  ISBN 0-942256-03-4

Beach, Mark and Julie Kauffman.  Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook. 2006.  Herald Press, Scottsdale Pa.  ISBN 0-9-8361-9336-9

Blackaby, Susan.  Plant Plumbings: A Book About Roots and Stems. Picture Window     Books, 2003. Learn about plant parts, Under the ground, roots and stems.

Brennan, Georgeanne and Ethel.  The Children’s Kitchen Garden: A Book of Gardening, Cooking, and Learning.  1997.  Ten Speed Press, Berkeley,  CA.  ISBN 0-89815-873-7

Caduto, Michael J.  and Joseph Bruchac.  Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects and Recipes for Families.  Fulcrum Publishing, 1996.  Stories, projects and recipes that relate to Native Americans from North America.  Each story relates to one aspect of gardening, such as soil preparation or harvest.

Carle, Eric.  The Tiny Seed.  1987.  Simon & Schuster.  ISBN0-590-42566-8

Cherry, Lynne. How Groundhog’s Garden Grew. The Blue Sky Press, 2003.  ISBN 0-439-32371-1  Little Groundhog loves to eat the fresh vegetables he finds in his neighbor’s garden, until one day he makes a friend who teaches him the joy of planting a garden of his own.

Creasy, Rosalind.  Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes.  1994.  Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, CA  ISBN 0-87156-919-1

Cronin, Doreen.  Diary of a Worm.  2003.  Scholastic Inc.  New York, NY.  ISBN  0-439-67774-2

Davis, Tina.  Sow and Grow: A Gardening Book for Children.  2008.  Stewart, Tabori & Chang,  of Abrams, Inc.  New York, NY.  ISBN 13:978-1-59-8479-673-2

Farmer, Jacqueline.  Pumpkins.  Charlesbridge. 2004Presents a history of pumpkins, how they are grown their nutritional value and recipes.

Gibbons, Gail. Apples. Holiday House, 2001.

Learn about apple production in this colorful, simple-to-read book.

Gibbons, Gail. From Seed to Plant. Holiday House, 1993.

Learn the science of seeds and how they grow into flowers, trees, and other plants.

Gibbons, Gail. The Pumpkin Book. Holiday House, 2000.

The life cycle of the pumpkin is clearly depicted in this picture book. How pumpkins are used at Thanksgiving and Halloween is also discussed.

Hand, Julia.  The Wonderful World of Wigglers.  Exploring the mysteries of the mighty earthworm through stories and activities for the curious child.  1995.  Common Roots Press, Montpelier, Vermont.  ISBN 1-884430-00-7

Hardesty, Constance.  Grow You Own Pizza.  Gardening Plans and Recipes for Kids.  2000.  Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, Colorado.  ISBN 1-55591-398-9

Helbrough, Emma.  How Flowers Grow.  2003.  Usborne Publishing

Heller, Ruth.  The Reason For A Flower.  1983.  Penguin Putnam Books, New York, NY.  ISBN 0-698-11559-7

Kellogg, Steven.  Johnny Appleseed.  Scholastic, Inc.  New York, NY.  ISBN 0-590-42616-8

Landau, Elaine.  Corn.  Children’s Press, 1999.  In this true-to-life book, learn how corn grown and it’s history.

L’Hommedieu, Arthur John. From Plant to Blue Jeans.  Children’s Press, 1998.  Through colorful photographs and simple text, learn how cotton is grown and processed into clothing.

Lauber, Patricia.  Earthworms: Underground Farmers.  1994.  Henry Holt & Co. New York, NY.  ISBN 0-8050-1910-3

Peterson, Cris. Harvest Year. Boyds Mills Press, 1996.

Full color photos and clear, concise text take readers month-by-month through a sampling of the wide diversity and volume of crops grown throughout the United States.

Ray, Deborah Kogan.  Lilly’s Garden.  Roaring Book Press, 2002.  A young Maine girl and her grandmother in California exchange letters and packages which reflect cycles of planting and harvesting in their different climates.

Rendon, Marcie R. and Cheryl Walsh Bellville. Farmer’s Market. Lerner Publishing Group, 2001.

Full of colorful photographs, this book describes the efforts of many families who work hard to produce food that is sold at farmers’ markets.

Scott, Emily & Catherine Duffy.  Dinner From Dirt.  Ten Meals Kids Can Grow & Cook.  1998.  Gibbs Smith, Layton Utah.  ISBN 0-87905-840-4

Stevens, Janet.  Tops & Bottoms.  Harcourt, Inc.  ISBN 978-0-15-292851-3  1995.  How a clever hare and a  lazy bear become garden partners sharing the tops or bottoms of plants.

Peggy Thomas.  Farmer George Plants a Nation.  Calkins Creek, Honesdale, PAISBN 978-1-59078-460-0

Waters, Majorie.  Victory Garden Kids’ Book.  1988.  The Globe Pequot Press, Old Saybrook, Connecticut.  ISBN 1-56440-361-0   $15.95

Worth, Bonnie.  Oh Say Can You Seed?  All about flowering plants.  The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, Random House, 2001.   ISBN 00375-81095-1.

Mary Beth Bennett has been the Agriculture and Natural Resource Extension Agent in Berkeley County, West Virginia for 19 years.  She works in all areas of agriculture including the Master Gardener program. But her love is agricultural literacy, helping people understand where their food and fiber come from. She taught the first group of West Virginia teachers about Agriculture in the Classroom.  Mary Beth also enjoys working with people and traveled as a Peace Corps Volunteer to Brazil and with the Agency for International Development in Africa.  She grew up on a dairy farm, helping raise calve and in the family garden.

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