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Soil is every-where, and everything comes from soil! A Handful of Dirt gives students an in-depth look at how soil is formed, what it’s made of, and why it is important to all life—from microorganisms to worms to rabbits. Learn about the different jobs of microscopic creatures in the soil and discover hidden activity that’s always happening just below our feet.

Sophie and her friends work together to grow a neighborhood vegetable garden. From zucchini to potatoes to carrots, the kids grow it all. Page by page, vegetable by vegetable A Harvest of Color gives great gardening advice in the voice of the children, and offers hints that are helpful to any gardener, old or young. You’ll love the book’s realistic photographs of Sophie and her friends gardening.

About Appalachia, the people, the geographic region, and the culture.

A month by month guide to planning and growing your own garden. Each month provides a description of what needs to happen during that month to grow a successful garden.

Annie’s family has moved to the prairie, and her mother is sad to leave her old life behind and start anew as a pioneer. Annie knows that the thing that will make her mother happy again is to plant a flower garden, just like the one she had back home.

Learn how the modern-day descendants of the Nashua Indians and European settlers were able to combat pollution and restore the beauty of the Nashua River in Massachusetts. The book’s beautiful illustrations depict the passage of time from early Native American tribes to modern day.

A seed is sleepy, but after a nice long nap, some sun, and a snack it is ready to grow into something magnificent!

The Farmer is very lazy, and never keeps his promise to help his wife with the pigs, even when they are “growing” from the tree like apples. When he believes they are gone forever, he changes his attitude and never goes back to being lazy again.

Learn how to work with our youngest authors by creating a supportive and encouraging environment that can energize them to create using text. The author provides step by step instructions on setting up an age appropriate writing workshop with units that cover how to form ideas, structure the text, and even develop illustrations that nourish children’s creativity.

An introduction to the desert landscape and its many plants and animals.