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    Two children's books recognized for their focus on gardening and the natural world

    2015 Growing Good Kids Book Awards Announced

    2015 Growing Good Kids Book Awards Announced

    Two children’s picture books have received the 2015 "Growing Good Kids – Excellence in Children's Literature Award," jointly administered by the American Horticultural Society and the International Junior Master Gardener Program. This award program recognizes children's books that effectively promote an appreciation for gardening, plants, and the environment. This year's winners, selected from books published in 2014, are:

    The Prairie That Nature Built
    by Marybeth Lorbiecki; illustrated by Cathy Morrison (Dawn Publications).

    Synopsis: A wild prairie is a lively place in this rhythmic romp with munchers and crunchers above and below the grasses so thick, and fires that flare, and rains that quench—and always the prairie grows green. Back matter offers information and activities for a fuller appreciation of this marvelous, disappearing habitat.

    Before We Eat: From Farm to Table
    by Pat Brisson; illustrated by Mary Azarian (Tilbury House Publishers & Cadent Publishing)

    Synopsis: Milk doesn’t just appear in your refrigerator, or apples on your kitchen counter. Before we eat, many people must work very hard planting grain, catching fish, tending animals, and filling crates. In this book, vibrantly illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Mary Azarian, readers find out what must happen before food can get to our table to nourish our bodies and spirits.

    For more information about the "Growing Good Kids" book award program, including a list of past winners, visit http://jmgkids.us/bookawards or contact Randy Seagraves, national curriculum coordinator for the Junior Master Gardener Program, at (979) 845-8565; seagraves@tamu.edu.

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    The American Horticultural Society (AHS), founded in 1922, is an educational, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that recognizes and promotes excellence in American horticulture. One of the oldest and most prestigious gardening organizations, AHS is dedicated to making America a nation of gardeners, a land of gardens. Its mission is to open the eyes of all Americans to the vital connection between people and plants, to inspire all Americans to become responsible caretakers of the Earth, to celebrate America's diversity through the art and science of horticulture; and to lead this effort by sharing the Society's unique national resources with all Americans.