Resources for Teachers
Gardening with Kids by Catherine Woram & Martyn Cox (Ryland, Peters & Small, 2008)
You won’t be able to read this book cover to cover, because just the first few pages will inspire you to dash out and dig in the dirt. Beautiful photos accompany simple steps to creating a garden with kids, including preparing the soil, choosing plants and harvesting herbs. Don’t miss the special section on making gifts and crafts from your garden’s bounty.
Celebrate Green by Corey Colwell-Lispon and Lynn Colwell (Kedzie Press, 2008)
The mother and daughter team offer a myriad of suggestions to green holiday décor, gifts and meals throughout the year. Instead of falling into old habits of mall dash then trash, the authors offer unique, low-impact ideas for every special occasion wrapped up in recycled paper and a repurposed bow.
The Complete Compost by Barbara Pleasant & Deborah L. Martin (Storey, 2008)
Turn your organic kitchen waste into gardening gold with this must-have guide to composting. This book is a complete how-to for all levels of composters and gardeners and emphasizes using the tools and materials you already have to enrich your garden. Let the worms do the work while you enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Organic Lawn Care Manual by Paul Tukey (Storey, 2008)
The principles apply no matter where your lawn is located: school, home, park or median strip. This manual is an interesting guide to cultivating a safe and healthy lawn without the use of chemicals. Think it’s not possible to have gorgeous grass or fabulous flowerbeds without the use of chemical pesticides and compost? Think again. The environment will thank you richly!
Green Crafts for Children by Emma Hardy (CICO Books, 2008)
Wait. Before you roll your eyes at another green book, this one is pure genius. We’re not talking creating necklaces from twigs or acorn earrings. These crafts are truly works of art made from scraps, nature’s bounty and found materials. Emma Hardy conjures some wonderful, nontoxic and easy crafts such as salt-dough beads, papier mâché bowls, natural inks and potato print T-shirts. With a wealth of photographs and easy instructions, you can’t help but to roll up your sleeves and start creating.