The Protest

english emergent readers, early chapter book. Community Activism Community Garden Samantha Thornhill & Shirley Ng-Benitez summary For #SweetsAndSocialJustice this week, I still wanted to make a sweet treat even though the book is about a garden. So I thought about how composting and using up all our of food scraps is important, and decided to…

Maxine and the Greatest Garden Ever

English 4-8 years STEM Community Friendship Social-Emotional Learning Gardening Problem-Solving Ruth Spiro & Holly Hatam Summary: Maxine and Leo are best friends (along with Milton the goldfish) and also complete opposites. Leo is gentle and creative, and Maxine is practical and mathematically minded. I love the way this story not only bucks gender stereotypes, but…

Grow

Written By: Cynthia Platt Illustrated by: Olivia Holden For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Community, BIPOC Protagonists, Garden, Cooperation. Summary: I’m a sucker for a community garden story, and Grow is an adorable rendition of one. A young girl sees an abandoned lot in her city and decides to plant a packet of…

Harlem Grown

Written By: Tony Hillery Illustrated by: Jessie Hartland For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Own Voices, Black Culture & Identity, Food Equity, Community Involvement, Community Garden, Food Desert. Summary: Harlem Grown is an awesome true story about a man named Tony (the author himself!) who helped kids clear our a vacant lot across…