July 2020: New Books Added to Growing Minds Library

We recently added nine new children’s storybooks to our Growing Minds farm to school lending library, along with a new resource guide for starting a school garden. All of these titles are now included in our searchable database of more than 600 children’s books, curriculum, and cookbooks. They’re also available for educators in the Asheville area to

We Are Grateful (Otsaliheliga)

Otsaliheliga is a Cherokee word that is used to express gratitude (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah means “we are grateful”). Author Traci Sorell, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, invites readers to journey through the year with a Cherokee family and their tribal nation as they express thanks for celebrations big and small. “As the crops mature and the sun

Birdsong

When a young girl moves to her new home far away from the sea, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door, who shares her love of nature and art. An American Indian Youth Literature Honor Title by Cree-Métis author and illustrator Julie Flett.

The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter

A love poem from a father to his two sons, and a tribute to the bees that pollinate the foods we love to eat. Children are introduced to different kinds of bees, “how not to get stung,” and how the things we fear are often things we don’t fully understand.

Kunu’s Basket: A Story from Indian Island

Young Kunu has watched his dad and grandfather make many beautiful baskets, but when he tries to make one of his own, he discovers that it’s much more difficult than he thought. With his grandfather’s help he finally completes a fine-looking basket, learning much about patience, perseverance, and family traditions along the way. Find discussion

Alicia’s Fruity Drinks / Las Aguas Frescas De Alicia

Seven-year-old Alicia and her parents are enjoying the annual festival celebrating Mexico’s independence. There are mariachis strolling across the festival grounds, folkloric dancers twirling in their colorful costumes and brightly colored booths lining the plaza. But the hot day has fruit juice: there’s watermelon, strawberry, mango and even papaya. The watermelon juice is so delicious

My First Garden

Come along with a mother and daughter as they dig up soil, plant a flower bed, and water the seeds to make their very first garden. Together they watch the colorful vegetables grow, grow, grow! This book teaches a first concept of colors as well. The book has a handle die-cut through on every page

Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors

Cultural traditions can be joyful, delicious, and colorful! Join the party with this Mexican family and learn how all the colors of the rainbow fit into their lives. In this lively picture book, children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn

Let’s Eat ¡A comer!

Meet Isabel, Tina, Danny and their family and pets. “We’re rich, aren’t we, Dad?” asks Tina. Yes, the Rosas family is rich in love and laughter. Enjoy the rhythms of a family that knows that wealth isn’t measured in money.

Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market

This collection of poems takes young readers to a day at an urban farmers’ market. Who to see, what to eat, and how produce is grown—it’s all so exciting, fresh, and delicious. Readers are invited to peruse the stands and inspect vendors’ wares with poems like “Farmer Greg’s Free-Range Eggs,” “Summer Checklist,” and “Necessary Mess.”

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