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Gardening

A hard working bear and a lazy bunny both plant tomatoes with different results.

The letters displayed in this book showcase how a woman of a different era of North Carolina became the author of A Southern Garden, a 1942 gardening book that is still read today. Through piecing together her correspondence with mentors, other writers, and friends, the editor had given us a rare look into a prolific gardener and writer of the 20th century.

Mags and Cody replant their grandmother’s garden after she passes away, and hope that the bluebirds return along with the flowers.

Carlos’s mother warns Carlos to take a bath each evening after a long day of gardening. See what happens day after day as Carlos refuses to was the dirt from his body, specifically from inside his ears. Printed in both English and Spanish, this story offers an inside look to Hispanic heritage.

A girl bands together with her community to plant a garden on a vacant lot.

This delightful read will inform young “environmental chefs” about the do’s and don’ts of composting.  Mary McKenna Siddals draws you in by mentioning familiar household items that can be composted, but also introduces some not-so-familiar composting substances that will leave students wanting to dig deeper (both figuratively and literally)!

Each page delves into a different aspect of composting, from the needs of the heap to the decomposers that dwell in compost. Don’t forget to look for fun facts scattered throughout this book and step by step instructions for creating compost in a bag!

With its elaborately painted garden scenes, this simple counting book will stand out among the rest!

In this book, a young boy decides to observe and take note of everything growing in his garden.  This is a great read for young children who are just learning how to count, and adults will appreciate that it encourages them to eat healthy and local food!

A collection of international poems, highlighting various topics from Grandpa’s Garden to A Potato’s Valentine to The Emperor’s Greenhouse.