Learn and Play Games on How You Can Help Our Earth
Find the Spring Pattern
My American Farm
Games and Trivia about American Farms:
Seek and Find
Help Plants Grow Game
Help Grow Plants using Water, Sun, and Temperature.
Fiction Books in the Hawthorne Library
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Call Number: E BRO
Publication Date: 2009-04-01
One boy's quest for a greener world... one garden at a time. While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world. This is an enchanting tale with environmental themes and breathtaking illustrations that become more vibrant as the garden blooms. Red-headed Liam can also be spotted on every page, adding a clever seek-and-find element to this captivating picture book.
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Call Number: E EHL
Publication Date: 1988-04-11
This educational and enjoyable book helps children understand how to plant bulbs, seeds, and seedlings, and nurture their growth. Lois Ehlert's bold collage illustrations include six pages of staggered width, presenting all the flowers of each color of the rainbow.
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
Call Number: E NEL
Publication Date: 2015-03-03
Kadir Nelson, acclaimed author of Baby Bear and winner of the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards, presents a resonant, gently humorous story about the power of even the smallest acts and the rewards of compassion and generosity. With spare text and breathtaking oil paintings, If You Plant a Seed demonstrates not only the process of planting and growing for young children but also how a seed of kindness can bear sweet fruit.
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith (Illustrator)
Call Number: E SMI
Publication Date: 2011-08-30
A Caldecott Honor Book From the creator of the national bestsellerIt's a Book comes a Caldecott Honor-winning timeless story of family history, legacy, and love. Grandpa Green wasn't always a gardener. He was a farmboy and a kid with chickenpox and a soldier and, most of all, an artist. In this captivating new picture book, readers follow Grandpa Green's great-grandson into a garden he created, a fantastic world where memories are handed down in the fanciful shapes of topiary trees and imagination recreates things forgotten. In his most enigmatic and beautiful work to date, Lane Smith explores aging, memory, and the bonds of family history and love; by turns touching and whimsical, it's a stunning picture book that parents and grandparents will be sharing with children for years to come.
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman; Judy Pedersen (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC FLE
Publication Date: 2004-12-14
A vacant lot, rat-infested and filled with garbage, looked like no place for a garden. Especially to a neighborhood of strangers where no one seems to care. Until one day, a young girl clears a small space and digs into the hard-packed soil to plant her precious bean seeds. Suddenly, the soil holds promise: To Curtis, who believes he can win back Lateesha's heart with a harvest of tomatoes; to Virgil's dad, who sees a fortune to be made from growing lettuce; and even to Maricela, sixteen and pregnant, wishing she were dead. Thirteen very different voices and perspectives—old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted, and hopeful—tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood.
Digging up Trouble by Kim Wayans; Soo Jeong (Illustrator); Kevin Knotts
Call Number: FIC WAY
Publication Date: 2010-05-27
Amy discovers that a community garden is in desperate need of donations, so she and her friends band together to help. But it's not long before the friends lose sight of why they are raising money and become overly competitive. Will they save the garden . . . or will their friendships need saving?
Non-Fiction Books in the Hawthorne Library
Watch Me Grow! by Deborah Hodge; Brian Harris (Illustrator)
Call Number: 630.9173 HOD
Publication Date: 2011-02-01
A charming introduction in words and photographs to growing food in the city. Children follow the food, from planting and tending to harvesting and eating. Kids also read about sharing in community gardens and community kitchens and about the friendships and sense of caring that grow as people tend their city gardens.
Green Gardening and Composting by Molly Aloian
Call Number: 631.5 ALO
Publication Date: 2013-09-15
This informative title will inspire budding activists to go green in the garden! Accessible text and engaging photographs introduce composting and Earth-friendly gardening. Readers learn how to build a compost bin, what items to recycle in the bin, and how to use compost to start their own garden.
Square Foot Gardening with Kids by Mel Bartholomew
Call Number: 635 BAR
Publication Date: 2014-03-15
A Square Foot Garden is more than just a perfect place to grow vegetables--it is an ideal environment for sharing and teaching kids of all ages, and this book will show you how. For generations, Mel Bartholomew's top-selling Square Foot Gardening books have made his revolutionary system for growing vegetables available to millions of people. In Square Foot Gardening with Kids, Mel reveals all of the tips, tricks, and fun projects he has used over the decades in one of his most cherished pursuits: teaching youngsters to build and grow their own kid-sized SFGs. Because of its simple principles and fast payoff, Square Foot Gardening is perfect for children. The easy geometry of the gridded box breaks the complex world of gardening into digestible bites that are easy to approach and understand for enthusiastic young learners, and the sequence of tasks required to grow plants from seeds is repeatable and reassuring.
The Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book by Kari A. Cornell; Jennifer S. Larson (Photographer)
Call Number: 635 COR
Publication Date: 2015-03-01
You can garden in any season with these fun projects. You don't even need a garden space--just some containers to set in a sunny spot. Colorful photographs and step-by-step drawings make each project easy to follow for gardening success.
Super Simple Salad Gardens by Alex Kuskowski
Call Number: 635 KUS
Publication Date: 2014-12-15
Help kids grow their own fresh food! Kids will be able to plant and grow ingredients for a fresh salad, make plant markers, a pot scarecrow to keep the birds away and more. Super Simple Salad Gardens will help them learn how. Dig into the world of gardening! Simple text, how-to photos, and garden care advice make it easy and fun.
Super Simple Kitchen Gardens by Alex Kuskowski
Call Number: 635 KUS
Publication Date: 2014-12-15
Help kids grow plants to cook with in a kitchen garden! Kids will be able to plant and dry sweet-smelling herbs, start their own cilantro seedling, make a pizza garden and more. Super Simple Kitchen Gardens will help them learn how. Dig into the world of gardening! Simple text, how-to photos, and garden care advice make it easy and fun.