First Day in the Grapes

All year long Chico and his family move up and down the state of California picking fruits and vegetables. Every September they pick grapes and Chico starts at a new school again. Often other children pick on him – maybe because he is always new or maybe because he speaks Spanish sometimes. Chico’s first day

Radio Man / Don radio

This bilingual (Spanish/English) book tells the story of Diego and his family, migrant farmers who move from state to state picking fruits and vegetables. Each day brings a new experience–a different place, a different crop, and different people to meet. But no matter where Diego goes, his radio goes with him–it helps him to learn

Migrant

Anna is the child of Mennonites from Mexico, who have come north to harvest fruit and vegetables. Sometimes she feels like a bird, flying north in the spring and south in the fall, sometimes like a jackrabbit in an abandoned burrow, since her family occupies an empty farmhouse near the fields, sometimes like a kitten,

Garden Spotlight: Verner Center for Early Learning

Whitney Rea Smith is the Director of Family and Community Partnerships at Verner Center for Early Learning. Based in Asheville, Verner provides 5-star comprehensive care and education to over 300 children and their families at three centers and through a home-based Early Head Start program. Verner received a Growing Minds mini-grant this spring to purchase lumber,

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The Keeper of Wild Words

A touching tale of a grandmother and her granddaughter exploring and cherishing the natural world. When Mimi finds out her favorite words—simple words, like apricot, blackberry, buttercup—are disappearing from the English language, she elects her granddaughter Brook as their Keeper. And did you know? The only way to save words is to know them.

We Are Water Protectors

When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people’s water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource. Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues young readers to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm. Winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal.

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