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Our School Garden

Our School Garden! is a fictional story about how young Michael, new to the city and the school, experiences the garden through the changing seasons of the school year. He discovers not just how vegetables grow but how a community can grow from a garden. The book, written in verse, also features sidebars on many aspects of school gardening and includes a resource page. The book is beautifully illustrated by Christy Hale and published by Readers to Eaters.

“the stone soup of books about school gardening…”

School Library Journal

Our School Garden! draws upon the best parts of what a school garden can be–a place to spark curiosity, explore, work hard, laugh, make friends and deepen academic learning. This book would complement any library for students who are learning where food comes from.”

—Kyle Cornforth, Director, Edible Schoolyard Berkeley

“From educational opportunities to building community and friendships, this picture book introduces the rewards of school gardens…Hale’s charming, richly-hued, textured illustrations depict multicultural characters and a variety of garden-related activities… Swann’s enthusiasm and advocacy will pique kids’ interest and engage them…in this informative, enjoyable approach to the subject.”


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