Recommended Reading:
Inspiring Books for Kids, Parents and Teachers

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Here are some books based on the content your student is learning in Veggie U. Use these great books to prompt discussion, learn more about a particluar topic, or just to have fun!






Vegetables We Eat


The Vegetables We Eat
By Gail Gibbons, published by Holiday House; 2008

Detailed illustrations explore vegetables in depth in this fascinating picture book that clearly explains the many varieties and how they are grown both in a home garden and on a commercial farm.



Fanny at chez penisse

Fanny at Chez Panisse: A Child’s Restaurant Adventures with 46 Recipes
By Alice Waters, published by William Morrow Cookbooks; 1992

Famous Chef and school-garden advocate, Alice Waters describes the path food travels from the garden to the kitchen to the table.



Gardens & Growing!

 Groundhogs Garden
How Groundhog's Garden Grew
By Lynne Cherry
(Children's Fiction) A young groundhog is told not to steal food, but rather to grow his own garden. An informative story about plants, gardening, and environmental respect. Lynne's website includes links to current research about the effects of gardens on children's learning, behavior, and well being.

A Seed is Sleepy
A Seed is Sleepy
By Dianna Hutts Aston
(Children's Nonfiction) Poetic in voice and elegant in illustration, this book introduces children to a fascinating array of seed and plant facts, making it a guide that is equally at home being read on a parent’s lap as in a classroom reading circle.

Vegetables We Eat
The Vegetables We Eat
by Gail Gibbons
(Children's Nonfiction) Leaf . . . root . . . stem . . . These are three of the eight groups of vegetables. From how they are planted to how they get to stores, here is a wealth of information about them, including how to plant and tend your own vegetable garden.



WF Worm Farmer
Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer
by Carol Brendler
(Children's Fiction) Winnie Finn is crazy about earthworms and knows everything about them. When spring arrives in Quincy County, all she can think about is the county fair coming up. This year, she would like nothing more than to win a prize for her worms so that she might buy a shiny new wagon for transporting them around. Trouble is, there's no prize at the fair for worms . . . More 'Wormy Stuff' from Carol Brendler

Diary of a Worm
Diary of a Worm
by Doreen Cronin
(Children's Fiction) This hysterical picture book by New York Times bestselling author Doreen Cronin and New York Times bestselling illustrator Harry Bliss tells the daily doings of a small worm in a gigantic worm world. Along the way, we learn some very important worm facts. 



Soil: A True Book
by Christin Ditchfield
(Chidren's Nonfiction) Ideal for today's young investigative reader, each True Book includes lively sidebars, a glossary and index, plus a comprehensive "To Find Out More" section listing books, organizations, and Internet sites. This True Book answers the question, What is soil? Explanation of soil formation and discussion of soil types. 

Composting: Nature's Recyclers
by Robin Koontz
(Chidren's Nonfiction) Dead leaves, food scraps, and grass clippings for lunch? Small animals, fungi, and bacteria called decomposers turn trash into a tasty compost treat. Learn more about compost and how you can use it in your garden or yard.


Food & Cooking!

CHOPCHOP: The Kids’ Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family
by Sally Sampson 
(Children's Nonfiction) ChopChop, The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families, has introduced families to the joys and benefits of cooking together since 2010. Now, they've expanded the boundaries of the magazine in a new cookbook. Complete with family-favorite recipes from the magazine plus dozens of new recipes, the ChopChop cookbook inspires home-cooked meals that parents and kids can make together.

Simply in season
Simply in Season Children's Cookbook
by Mark Beach and Julie Kauffman
(Children's Nonfiction) Simply in Season Children's Cookbook helps children ages 6-to-12 make the connection between what they eat, where it comes from, and when it is in season. This colorful cookbook makes it easy and fun for children to think and cook in season.