Some students experience difficulty connecting to drab textbooks or abstract concepts. However, those same learners typically have little struggle connecting to stories. Through telling stories, you make life and learning more relevant, giving learners a better angle of engagement.
- A true story from your own life.
- A true story from the life of someone you know, like a friend, family member, or neighbor.
- A true story from the news or a current event.
- A story that took place sometime in history.
- A fictional story, with made up characters or events.
- An “Imagine if …” story that sets up a hypothetical situation.
Playful Literary Ideas: Play dough, sensory bin, story box, storytelling basket, dramatic play…
Farm to School | Book Lists | Open Library
Farm and Nature Books
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert
Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown (farm)
From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer (spring/pond life/life cycles)
I Love Bugs! by Philemon Sturges (bugs)
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You by Dr.Seuss
The Kissing Hand by Audry Penn
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert
22 Kids Gardening Books reviewed by Georgia Organics
- List of Lesson and Activity Books
- List of Children’s Books
- List of Books for Adults about Growing, Eating, and General Good Food Philosophy
- Websites with Additional Resources
- List of Recommended Equipment for a Classroom Kitchen
- List of Recommended Equipment for a School Garden
Plant & Garden Book List from Junior Master Gardener
The Junior Master Gardener Program and the American Horticultural Society honor engaging, inspiring works of plant, garden and ecology-themed children’s literature through the “Growing Good Kids – Excellence in Children’s Literature Awards” Program.
Secrets of The Vegetable Garden
By Carron Brown Illustrated by Giordano Poloni
Shine a light behind the special pages of Secrets of the Vegetable Gardento reveal a plethora of insects and plants living between the stalks, beneath the leaves, and under the soil of the vegetable garden. A glossary at the end of the book presents a few more facts about the fruits and vegetables grown in the garden.
Because of an Acorn
By Lola M. Schaefer & Adam Schaefer Illustrated by Fran Preston-Gannon
Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower. Enchanting die-cuts illustrate the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem in this magical picture book. Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life. An acorn is just the beginning.
Sleep Tight Farm
By Eugenie Doyle Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander
A captivating exploration of how a family gets a farm ready for the snow of winter, Sleep Tight Farm lyrically connects each growing season to the preparations at the very end of the farm year. This beautiful and informative book paints a fascinating picture of what winter means to the farm year and to the family that shares its seasons, from spring’s new growth, summer’s heat, and fall’s bounty to winter’s well-earned rest. All year long the farm has worked to shelter us, feed us, keep us warm, and now it’s time to sleep.
Good Trick Walking Stick
By Sheri Mabry Illustrated by Jonny Lambert
From eggs buried in an ant colony under the winter snow, to the shedding of exoskeletons, to growing a replacement appendage, the amazing insect introduced in Good Trick Walking Stick will fascinate budding entomologists and nature lovers of all ages.
By Katherine Pryor Illustrated by Anna Raff
The first zucchini of a summer garden is always exciting, but what happens when the plants just keep growing…and growing…and growing? Zora soon finds herself with more zucchini than her family can bake, sauté, or barbecue. Fortunately the ever-resourceful girl comes up with the perfect plan–a garden swap!
Before We Eat: From Farm to Table
By Pat Brisson Illustrated by Mary Azarian
Milk doesn’t just appear in your refrigerator, or apples on your kitchen counter. Before we eat, many people must work very hard planting grain, catching fish, tending animals, and filling crates. In this book, vibrantly illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Mary Azarian, readers find out what must happen before food can get to our table to nourish our bodies and spirits.
Water, Weed and Wait
By Edith Hope Fine & Angela Demos Halpin Illustrated by Colleen Madden
When Miss Marigold challenges the kids at Pepper Lane Elementary to turn an unpromising patch of their schoolyard into a garden full of fruits, flowers, and vegetables, they know they’ll need all the help they can get. Soon everyone in the community is lending a hand—including an unlikely neighbor with a soft spot for gardening—and it isn’t long before peppers, zuccchini, sugar peas, snapdragons, zinnias, and much more are growing and blooming.
Our Apple Tree
By Gorel Kristina Naslund
Illustrated by Kristina Digman
Here’s a whimsical and very useful look at the lifecycle of the apple tree. With two helpful tree sprites to guide them, readers travel from spring, when the apple tree blossoms, through summer, when the fruit grows, to fall and the harvest. Along the way, they learn about the life of the tree and some of the animals—from insects that pollinate the flowers to deer that eat the fallen fruit—that visit. With lovely, delicate illustrations this is an excellent choice for the classroom–and the garden!