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Before we eat, many people work very hard―planting grain, catching fish, tending farm animals, and filling crates of vegetables. This book reminds us what must happen before food gets to our tables to nourish our bodies and spirits.
This expanded edition includes back-of-book features about school gardens and the national farm to school movement.

In this rhythmic story, told in both English and Spanish, learn the steps and ingredients to make Abuela’s pumpkin empanadas. Don’t worry, the recipe is included!

Errol loves gardening. Although his home is full of beautiful plants, he longs for an outdoor space where he can grow things. A chance discovery leads to a solution, but Errol can’t do everything on his own. Luckily, help is near at hand. A heart-warming and inclusive tale about how one small boy’s dream of a garden unites a diverse community in a positive and enriching experience for everyone.

Join Carrie on her journey through the neighborhood, where she tries new breads from a variety of cultures. You’ll love the recipes included for challah, corn bread, coconut bread and more!

On a neighborhood search for her brother Anthony, Carrie finds a culturally different kind of rice behind each door. Included in this cultural adventure are exciting recipes for Mrs. D’s Black-eyed Peas and Rice, The Diazes’ Turmeric Rice with Pigeon Peas, and more!

On a cold, snowy day nothing warms the soul quite like a big bowl of soup! In a diverse, urban neighborhood everyone shares a favorite soup from their cultural background. This book contains seven different soup recipes.

Thomas Jefferson loved to grow peas, and every year hosted a contest to see who could bring the first peas to the table. Maya’s class decides to hold the same contest, and Maya has a few secrets up her sleeve that she hopes will help her win. Will her plants be the first ones in the class to produce peas?

Get kids talking about the science of food, the five food groups, and what a healthy meal looks like. Answering questions like “Why are so many vegetables green?,” “What’s the difference between brown bread and white bread?,” and “Why do beans make you gassy?,” cheerful haiku poems, and a simple Q&A format make this book a nutritious treat.

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.”
Bright and vibrant, this is the perfect guide for little ones to take with them on marketing day to inspire literacy and healthy eating.

Follow a caterpillar’s life cycle alongside these interested and excited school children.