COLLEGE STATION â€“ The “Growing Good Kids â€“ Excellence in Children’s Literature Award” has been bestowed on four books by the American Horticultural Society and the Texas AgriLife Extension Serviceâ€™s National Junior Master Gardener program.
The award recognizes children’s books that effectively promote an appreciation for gardening, plants and the environment, according to Randy Seagraves, Junior Master Gardener national curriculum coordinator.
The four winning books published in 2009 are: â€œBring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie” by Robbin Gourley, “The Busy Tree” by Jennifer Ward with illustrations by Lisa Falkenstern, “The Curious Garden” by Peter Brown and “Our Shadow Garden” by Cherie Foster Colburn.
â€œLiterature is a powerful way to engage children, and these four titles were selected as the industryâ€™s newest and best story books for kids.â€ says Seagraves. â€œChildren will love these books, and they would be a welcome and worthwhile edition to any school or home library.â€
Seagraves noted that AgriLife Extensionâ€™s national youth gardening program jointly administers the awards with the American Horticultural Society.
Award nominations for books published in 2010 will be accepted Aug. 6 through April 22. For more information about the Growing Good Kids book award program and for images of the winning book covers, visit http://www.jmgkids.us; or contact Seagraves at 979-845-8565 or firstname.lastname@example.org