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Get kids interested in gardening!
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Title: The Curious Garden
Author: Brown, Peter (2009)
ISBN: 9780316015479
Reading Level: 0.
[32] p pgs.

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Title: The Gardening Book
Author: Bull, Jane
Publisher: DK (2003)
ISBN: 0789492164
Reading Level: Grades 1-5.
47 pgs.
Notes: Packed with projects for outdoor gardens and indoor fun, this is the ultimate book for all budding gardeners.

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Title: City Green
Author: DiSalvo-Ryan, DyAnne
Publisher: Morrow Junior Books (1994)
ISBN: 068812786X
Reading Level: Ages 4-8.
30 pgs.
Notes: A group of urban neighbors come together to plant a community garden in what was once a vacant lot.

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Title: Planting a Rainbow
Author: Ehlert, Lois
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1988)
ISBN: 0152626093
Reading Level: Ages 4-8.
22 pgs.
Notes: Bright, simple pictures take us through the growing cycle as a girl and her mother order seeds from a catalog, plant them in the spring and watch them grow into all of the colors of the rainbow.

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Title: Seedfolks
Author: Fleischman, Paul
Publisher: HarperCollins (1997)
ISBN: 0060274719
Reading Level: Ages 9-12.
69 pgs.
Notes: Small volume of urban renewal as a girl plants a few seeds in a vacant lot and the whole neighborhood joins in. This title is also available as a downloadable audiobook through our Downloadable Media service.

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Title: And Then It's Spring
Author: Fogliano, Julie
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (2012)
ISBN: 9781596436244
Format: Hardback
Reading Level: 0.
32 pgs.
Notes: Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.

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Title: My Garden
Author: Henkes, Kevin
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
ISBN: 9780061715181
Reading Level: 0.

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Title: The Ugly Vegetables
Author: Lin, Grace
Publisher: Talewinds (1999)
ISBN: 0881063363
Reading Level: Ages 4-8.
30 pgs.
Notes: A girl is disappointed when she and her mother plant "ugly" chinese vegetables in their garden, unlike the beautiful flowers all of their neighbors are planting. She changes her mind at harvest time when their "ugly" vegetables become a delicious meal.

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Title: Grow It Again
Author: MacLeod, Elizabeth
Publisher: Kids Can Press (1999)
ISBN: 1550745581
Reading Level: Ages 8-11.
40 pgs.
Notes: Along with step-by-step instructions for growing plants indoors, the book also includes recipes for cooking the harvested plants.

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Title: How Does Your Garden Grow? : Great Gardening for Green-Fingered Kids
Author: Matthews, Clare
Publisher: Hamlyn (2005)
ISBN: 0600611418
Reading Level: All ages with parent.
142 pgs.
Notes: With 40 projects from box herb gardens to building a weather station, this book takes kids and parents outside to explore gardening in many interesting ways.