Gardening with Kids
See also: Garden Books for Kids
Selected Books for Adults
The Green Hour: A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids
The National Wildlife Federation recommends that parents give their kids a "Green Hour" every day -- a time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world. What better way than to send them out into a natural garden?
The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun
Cohen and Fisher are directors at the Life Lab Garden Classroom in Santa Cruz, CA, an educational center that tries to get kids away from TV and videogames and into the world outside. Their website offers curriculum guides.
A Child's Garden: 60 Ideas to Make any Garden Come Alive for Children
Dannenmaier, former children's editor of Garden Design magazine, offers ideas for gardens that any child would love.
The Family Kitchen Garden: How to Plant, Grow, and Cook Together
Because the book is written by three women who set up a school garden in central London, Pittsburghers will have to adjust the month by month schedule (delay by one month).
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
BF353.5.N37 L68 2005
Never before in history have children been so plugged in -- and so out of touch with the natural world. In this groundbreaking new work, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation -- he calls it nature deficit -- to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as rises in obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and depression. Plant a tree for a kid!
Roots, Shoots, Buckets, & Boots: Gardening Together with Children
j SB457.L827 1999
Lovejoy presents 12 easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that parents and kids can grow together. Illustrated throughout by the author's watercolors, each garden includes a plan, the planting recipe -- seeds, seedlings, and growing instructions spelled out step-by-step -- and activities. Lovejoy has other books about gardening with kids, including Sunflower Houses and Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: Grandma's Bag of Tricks.
Kids in the Wild Garden
This English book suggests ways for children to create a garden that will attract wildlife, including insects, frogs and birds. McCorquodale also wrote Kids in the Garden: Growing Plants for Food and Fun.
The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places
BF353.5.N37 N32 1994
Nabhan, the ethnobotanist working to preserve food diversity, feels that today's children are losing touch with Nature. So make sure your garden is "where the wild things are".
Touch a Butterfly: Wildlife Gardening with Kids
Creating a garden that invites wildlife opens up a wider world of nature for children to investigate and delight in. See your yard from an animal's perspective; discover plants that attract birds and bugs; embrace sensory experiences that native plants and creatures bring; and understand how your yard fits into the surrounding landscape.
Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea
q SB55.W38 2008x
Alice Waters, proponent of local food, champions the idea of Edible Education: having kids grow their own food in the schoolyard, and then cook it and eat it with their classmates. Edible Schoolyard is at once a visionary model for sustainable farming and childhood nutrition.
Selected Books for Kids
For more great books about gardening for kids, check out the American Horticultural Society's Growing Good Kids – Excellence in Children’s Literature Award Program.
Although this is a book about a family farm in the Plains (where it is flat) rather than a "garden", the watercolor illustrations are wonderful and the animal characters entertaining. The text is also poetic and memorable: "Morning chores would be better if they didn't happen every morning." Both young and old gardeners should enjoy it.
Illustrated by Charlotte Voake
A little girl asks her grandfather why he lets the stinging nettles grow in his garden while her father pulls them out as weeds. Her grandfather shows her how the nettles provide a home and food for the caterpillars that turn into butterflies.
Illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg
While helping Grandma in the garden, a child learns about the important role of the earthworm in helping plants grow.
And the Good Brown Earth
Joe and Gram grow a garden, with the help of the good brown earth.
Browse the CatalogFor additional titles, browse the library catalog under the subjects:
California School Garden Network
CSGN is a noprofit dedicated to creating and sustaining gardens in every willing school in California. Their website offers lots of helpful links and information to teachers wishing to start a school garden.
Children and Nature Network
Children & Nature Network (C&NN) connects researchers and organizations interested in reconnecting children with nature. The chairman is Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh participates with its Nature Detectives.
The Edible Schoolyard (ESY)
The Edible Schoolyard (ESY), a program of the Chez Panisse Foundation (Alice Waters), is a one-acre organic garden and kitchen classroom for urban public school students at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California, and the model for others across the country. Includes lesson plans and recipes.
Exploratorium: The Science of Gardening
An interactive website from the hands-on museum in San Francisco.
Gardening with Kids
This website for adults gives advice on how to make gardening a pleasurable and exciting experience for the young.
Growing Good Kids: Excellence in Children's Literature Award
Each year the American Horticultural Society and the Junior Master Gardener program honors outstanding children’s gardening and nature books. Selected books published before the awards started have been named "Classics".
Junior Master Gardener
Junior Master Gardener is a 4-H youth development program of the cooperative Extension system
This is a site by the National Gardening Association with resources on gardening for teachers and parents. See their Parents Primer to get started.
PBS Victory Garden: Gardening with Kids
Good tips on how to involve kids in gardening.
National Wildlife: 16 Tips for Wildlife Gardening with Kids
An article on how to make your child into a gardener and lover of nature.
School Garden Wizard
School Garden Wizard is a resource for K-12 teachers interested in starting a school garden, created by the United States Botanic Garden and Chicago Botanic Garden.
Thyme 4 Kids
This site from the Herb Society of America has information about herbs as well as fun and games, like the Seed & Herb Challenge.
University of Florida Extension: Garden Projects for Kids
Listen to Gardening in a Minute radio spots for ideas for involving kids in the garden.
Grow Pittsburgh: Edible Schoolyard
Based on Alice Waters' Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, CA, Grow Pittsburgh has worked with the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS), in setting up The Edible Schoolyard program.