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Alien Lifesearch
David Jefferis, Crabtree, 1999, ISBN: 0–7787–0049–6
This book presents the idea of life on other worlds showing evidence such as a meteorite that some scientists believe contains fossils of past life on Mars. It also includes sections on the origins of life, a look throughout the universe and designing an alien. This is appropriate for ages 8–11.

Archaea: Salt–lovers, Methane–makers, Thermophiles, and Other Archaeans
David M. Barker, Crabtree Publishing Company, 2010, ISBN 0778753875
Some Archaea thrive in extreme places around the planet such as in thermal pools, hot vents at the bottom of the sea, extremely salty water, and even in underground oil reserves. This book examines the three main divisions into which members of the diverse Archaea kingdom are grouped according to their unusual biology. It also explains why little in general is known about them, and why further classification of Archaea is so difficult. For ages 10 and up.

Are We Alone? Scientists Search for Life in Space
Gloria Skurzynski, National Geographic Children’s Books, 2004, ISBN 079226567X
Humans have always been fascinated with extraterrestrial life. Scientists look for it using telescopes, space missions, and planet explorations. They study extremophiles, organisms that live in extreme environments on Earth, in the hopes that they will lead us to a better understanding of how life may exist in space. This book brings to life a subject that children are intrigued by. For ages 10 and up.

Are We Moving to Mars?
Anne E. Schraff, John Muir Publications, 1996, ISBN 1562613103
Different ideas about colonizing Mars are presented for ages 8–9.

Astrobiologist (Weird Careers in Science)
Mary Firestone, Chelsea House Publishing, 2006, ISBN 0791089711
See how scientists from many different fields are all working to determine if there may be life beyond Earth. For ages 10 and up.

Astrobiology (Cool Science)
Fred Bortz, Lerner Publications, 2007, ISBN: 0822567717
This book discusses the meaning of astrobiology and its beginnings. It’s great for ages 12 and up.

Astronaut Travel Guides
Chris Oxlade, Heiiinemann–Raintree, 2012, ISBN 1410945790
This series takes readers on an imaginary trip through the universe. Nicely paced conversational texts deliver full descriptions about "What's Out There?" and instructions for how to prepare for the journey, including how to train and what to bring. The history of previous exploratory ventures is detailed, and information about what space scientists hope to discover in the future is covered. For ages 9–12.

Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet
Alexandra Siy, Charlesbridge Publishing, 2011, ISBN 1570914621
Readers can follow the course of NASAs Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission as twin rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, explore the Red Planet. Learn how scientists determined that there was once water on Mars and how the Earthbound NASA team resolved problems with the rovers from afar in order to prolong the mission, which continues today. Back matter includes glossary, source notes, and resources. For ages 10 and up.

Complete Guide to Mars Science Laboratory
World Space Flight News and NASA, Progressive Management, 2011, ASIN: B0068XQPQQ
Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and its Curiosity rover, which launched on an Atlas rocket in late November 2011, is provided in this unique compilation of official NASA material. There is complete data on the MSL mission, science investigations, historical Mars missions, the Gale Crater landing site, the radioisotope nuclear power source and nuclear safety issues surrounding its use – including radiological contingency planning and launch hazards, and much more. For ages 16 and up.

Destination: Mars
Seymour Simon. Harper Trophy; Reprint edition, 2004. ISBN–10: 0060546387
This book includes new pictures from the Mars Orbiter Camera, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Pathfinder lander. It also reflects NASA missions that gathered information about Mars in the late 1990s. Appropriate for ages 4–8.

Evolving Planet: Four Billion Years of Life on Earth
Erica Kelly, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2008, ISBN 0810994860
From single–celled organisms, to dinosaurs, to mammals, and finally to humans, Evolving Planet traces the path of life that has been constantly evolving. The book provides an overview of Earth’s amazing diversity of life, both in the seas and oceans as well as on the land, and reveals its variety and uniqueness throughout the ages. Readers will be able to see the whole history in perspective in this fascinating volume. The book includes a glossary, a pronunciation key, a bibliography, and an index. For ages 8 and up.

Exploring Mars
David Ward, Lerner Publications. 2006, ISBN–10: 0822559366
Children ages 9–12 will learn all about Mars with this exciting book. The topics include an introduction to Mars and its moons, past missions to Mars, future missions to Mars, the possibility of water on Mars and the possibility of people living on Mars! It also includes additional reading suggestions and websites.

Exploration of Mars (Fast Forward)
Mark Bergin, Franklin Watts. 2000, ISBN–10: 0531148076
What will humans need to survive on the red planet? Children ages 9 to 12 learn about past, present and future missions and the possibility of future human colonies.

Exploring Planet Mars (Humans in Space)
David Jefferis, Crabtree Children's Books, 2007, ISBN–10: 0778731146
How will we get to Mars? This book, for children ages 9–12, examines flight to Mars and the features of the planet.

From Lava to Life: The Universe tells Our Earth Story
Jennifer Morgan, Dawn Publications, 2003, ISBN 1584690429
This book begins with the first appearance of life on Earth. It's a thrilling story about how Earth triumphs over crisis to become bacteria, jellyfish, flowers…even dinosaurs! For ages 8 and up.

How to Live on Mars
Clive Gifford, Franklin Watts, 2000, ISBN–10: 053116201X
What would it be like to live on Mars? How long will it take to get there? What might we learn? Children ages 9–12 explore these questions as they learn How to Live on Mars.

Is There Life in Outer Space?(Isaac Asimov’s 21st Century Library of the Universe)
Isaac Asimov and Richard Hantula, Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2005, ISBN 0836839501
This book transports young astronomers into a realm of speculation, hypothesis, and conjecture about the possibility of life in outer space. For ages 8 and up.

Is There Life on Mars?
Dennis Brindell Fradin and Margaret K. McElderry, 1999, ISBN–10: 0689820488
Children, ages 9 to 12, explore Mars and how humans of different cultures have regarded it through time.

Is There Life on Other Planets?
Asimov Isaac, Gareth Stevens Publishing, 1989, ISBN: 1–55532–359–6
The author covers the basic concepts from life on Earth, life in our Solar System, and life in extreme environments. Appropriate for ages 6–10.

Life in Outer Space
McDonald Kim, Raintree, 2001, ISBN: 0–7398–2223–3
Topics covered include: what is astrobiology, life’s raw materials, extreme biology and searching for ET. Good images are included. Great book for kids ages 7–12.

Life in Space
Helen Orme, Ransom Publishing, 2009, ISBN 184167690X
Is our planet Earth the only place in the universe where there is life? Or could there be life on other planets? If so, where will we find it? Mars? What do you need for life? How did life start? The story appears in two formats: one with simple texts for poor or reluctant readers; the facing pages contain an illustrated "speech bubble" version for those who are just starting to read. For ages 10 and up.

Life on Earth: The Story of Evolution
Steve Jenkins, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2002, ISBN 0618164766
Author Steve Jenkins explores the fascinating history of life on earth and the awe–inspiring story of evolution, Charles Darwin’s great contribution to modern science. For ages 7 and up.

Life on Earth – and Beyond: An Astrobiologist’s Quest
Pamela Turner, Charlesbridge Publishing, 2008, ISBN 1580891349
NASA astrobiologist Dr. Christopher McKay has searched the earth's most extreme environments in his quest to understand what factors are necessary to sustain life. Behind–the–scenes photos capture Dr. McKay, his expeditions, and the amazing microbes that survive against all odds. For ages 10 and up.

Life on Mars
David Getz, Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); Revised edition 2004. ISBN–10: 0805077294
This book for 9–12 year olds begins with an imaginary space flight from Earth to Mars. Getz shows how our knowledge of Mars has changed over time, relates the findings of the Viking landers, considers what scientists think is necessary for life, and discusses how Mars might be terraformed into a planet hospitable for human life.

Life on the Edge
Cherie Winner, Lerner Publications, 2005, ISBN 0822524996
All extreme organisms, or extremophiles, have one common trait. They can survive in conditions that would kill almost every other creature on the planet. From thermal pools in Yellowstone National Park to an icy ledge in Antarctica, this book explores extreme locations and uncovers some of the most fascinating creatures in the world. For ages 9 and up.

Life on Other Planets
Rhonda Donald, Children’s Press, 2004, ISBN 0531163741
A comprehensive look at the question of whether there is life on other planets, from the imaginative visions of fantasy novels and science fiction movies to the facts revealed by today's cutting–edge technology. For ages 9–14.

Mars (Isaac Asimov's 21st Century Library of the Universe. Solar System)
Isaac Asimov, Prometheus Books, 2003, ISBN–10: 1591021243
A "Mars standard," this book for children ages 9 to 12 provides a good overview of the red planet.

Elaine Landau, Scholastic, Children’s Press, 2008, ISBN 0531125602
Is there life on Mars?  Nobody has ever found life on Mars, but some scientists think it’s possible that there is — or once was — life on the red planet.  For ages 10–13.

Larry Dane Brimner, Children's Press (CT), 1999, ISBN–10: 0516264354
This book, great for ages 4–8, very simply describes how Mars was named. It discusses past, present, and future missions to Mars as well as why humans want to go to Mars.

Mars (DK Eyewitness Books)
DK Publishing, 2004, ISBN–10: 0756607655
Children ages 9 to 12 learn about the Red Planet, from its importance in early cultures, to past, present, and future exploration.

Mars (Galaxy)
Steven L. Kipp, Capstone Press, 2006, ISBN–10: 073688887X
NASA photographs help readers, ages 9 to 12, see the beauty of each planet and Sun. Solar System diagrams help readers visualize the planet's place in space. Kipp examines surface features, atmosphere, exploration, and other aspects of the planet Mars.

Mars (Our Solar System)
Dana Meachen Rau, Compass Point Books, 2002, ISBN–10: 0756501997
Children ages 9 to 12 will enjoy this well–illustrated exploration of Mars, its orbit, structure, and missions that have — or will — visit. The author offers an extensive list of Web sites and books for further investigation.

Mars (Planets)
Darlene R. Stille, Child's World, 2003, ISBN–10: 1592960502
Mars simply introduces the planet Mars, its size, location, climate, characteristics, and satellites. This is a great beginner’s book for ages 4–8.

Mars and the Search for Life
Elaine Scott, Clarion Books, 2008, ISBN 0618766952
Despite the fondest desires of science fiction fans, everyone knows Mars isn't inhabited by little green men. In fact, Mars is a desolate, hostile world, with unbearably cold temperatures, no atmosphere to speak of, and violent dust storms. But could there ever have been life there, in some form? And if so, what happened to it? For ages 9 and up.

Mars: The Mystery Unfolds
Peter John Cattermole, Oxford University Press, USA. 2001, ISBN–10: 0195217268
Scientific evidence from Mars indicates a very different planet from the one we know today. Rather than a cold, dry planet, Mars–of–the–past had rivers, lakes, glaciers, and huge active volcanoes. Children ages 9–12 will enjoy learning about Mars and its history – including the history of exploration.

Mars – The Red Planet
Patricia Brennan Demuth, 1998, Grosset & Dunlap (October 26, 1998), ISBN: 0448418436
Delve into our observations about the fourth planet from the Sun.

Mars Rover: Curiosity (A Picture Book)
Ben H, Amazon Digital Services, 2012, ASIN: B008X5Q4O0
Written for the author’s 4 year old, this book contains 11 pages of pictures and short sentences about the Mars rover Curiosity and its journey to Mars. For ages 4–6.

Max Goes to Mars: A Science Adventure with Max the Dog
Jeffrey Bennett, Big Kid Science, 2003, ISBN–10: 0972181911
Children ages 9 to 12 will enjoy following Max the Dog on the first human journey to Mars. Along the way, they will learn about this mysterious Red Planet and what scientists are discovering.

Messages from Mars
Loreen Leedy and Andrew Schuerger, Holiday House, 2006, ISBN–10: 0823419541
A team of future explorers travel to Mars and report back about the journey, Mars, and comparisons between Mars and Earth. For ages 7–9.

Microscopic Life (Kingfisher Knowledge)
Walker Richard, Doherty Peter, Kingfisher, 2004, ISBN: 0753457784
The author opens the doors to the microscopic world. Discover the life that is all around us – and we aren’t even aware of it! This book is appropriate for ages 9–12. 

Mission to Mars (Let's–Read–and–Find–Out Science 2)
Franklyn M. Branley, HarperTrophy, 2002, ISBN–10: 0064452336
Children ages 4 to 8 will enjoy this exploration of what it would be like to live on Mars, from the challenges of the environment to the practicalities of supporting a colony. Imaginations are invited!

Planet Mars (See More Readers Level 1)
Seymour Simon, Chronicle Books, 2006, ISBN 0811854043
Young readers view photographs of Mars from the Spirit and Opportunity rovers and receive up–to–date information in an easy to read format.  For ages 6–8.

The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity
Elizabeth Rusch, Houghton Mifflin, 2012, ISBN 054747881X
This book tells the greatest space robot adventure of all time through the eyes — and heart — of Steven Squyres, professor of astronomy at Cornell University and lead scientist on the mission. This suspenseful page–turner captures the hair–raising human emotions felt during the adventures with two tough rovers (Spirit & Opportunity). For ages 9 and up.

The New Book of Mars
Nigel Hawkes, Aladdin Books, 1998, ISBN: 0761307311
Learn about what it takes to land on Mars, the geology and geography of the red planet, and some of the past and possible future missions to Mars.

The Search for Extraterrestrial Life
Don Nardo, Lucent Books, 2006, ISBN 1590188322
Scientists have long suspected that the human race is not alone in the universe. Although no direct evidence for extraterrestrial life has yet been found, a great deal of circumstantial evidence suggests that it will be found in the near future. This fascinating volume explores the scientific probabilities of extraterrestrial life and current scientific efforts to find it. For ages 12 and up.

The Search for Life in Space
Clint Twist, Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2005, ISBN 0836845579
Where is the best place in space to look for life? How can we use light rays to find invisible planets? What methods should we use to contact other beings? The Search for Life in Space answers these questions and more as it introduces readers to the latest technologies used in extraterrestrial research. For ages 8 and up.

The Ultimate Mars Rover
David Eckold, DK Children, 2004, ISBN–10: 075660799X
This is a great game as well as a tool for learning for children ages 9 to 12. Players learn about Mars as they simulate a rover mission on the surface of the Red planet.

You Are the First Kid on Mars
Patrick O’Brien, Putnam Juvenile, 2009, ISBN 0399246347
Using the most up–to–date designs and theories of what it will take to establish a base on Mars, the reader is off on an incredible journey, over 35 million miles to the red planet. For ages 5 and up.

Science Fiction Related to Mars

Between Planets
Robert Heinlein, Baen, 2009 (reprint edition), ISBN 1439133212
Don Harvey was attending school on Earth when his parents suddenly and urgently called him home to Mars. He had been skeptical about the talk of interplanetary war breaking out if Mars and Venus followed through on their threats to declare independence from Earth, but he was wrong. War broke out, and he was stuck on Venus, with no way of getting home. When Earth troops landed on Venus and started looking for Don and that mysterious ring, he realized that he was trapped in the center of a war between worlds that could change the fate of the Solar System forever! For ages 12 and up.

Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings
Douglas Florian, Harcourt Children’s Books, 2007, ISBN 0152053727
Blast off with Douglas Florian's new high–flying compendium, which features twenty whimsical poems about space. From the moon to the stars, from the Earth to Mars, here is an exuberant celebration of our celestial surroundings that's certain to become a universal favorite among aspiring astronomers everywhere. This book includes die–cut pages and a glossary of space terms. For ages 5 and up.

Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier
Jonathan Strahan, Viking Juvenile, 2011, ISBN 0670012165
Mars! The Red Planet! For generations, people have wondered what it would be like to travel to and live there. That curiosity has inspired some of the most durable science fiction, including Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and the work of Isaac Asimov. Now the award–winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan has brought together thirteen original stories to explore the possibilities. After reading Life on Mars, readers will never look at the fourth planet from the sun the same way again. For ages 11 and up.

Ben Bova, Bantum Spectra, 1993, ISBN 055356241X
Twenty–five astronauts of the international Mars mission set down on the harsh and unforgiving planet and soon face deadly meteor showers, subzero temperatures, and a mysterious virus. For ages 10 and up.

Marooned! (Mars Year One)
Brad Strickland and Thomas Fuller, Aladdin, 2004, ISBN 0689864000
The year is 2085, and a new teen has arrived at Mars Experimental Station One, a colony built to test humans' ability to live self–sufficiently in an alien and hostile environment. Already in existence for ten years, "Marsport" is a functioning city of two thousand people — with only twenty teenagers. These teens, part of the controversial Asimov Project, were hand selected from the billions on Earth and are always under the watchful eyes of the adults. Mars offers them something Earth never could. When the existence of Marsport is suddenly threatened, the group must overcome their fears and join forces, for their survival depends on nothing less. For ages 8 and up.

Messages from Mars
Andrew Schuerger and Loreen Leedy, Holiday House, 2006, ISBN 0823419541
In the year 2106, junior astronauts and planetary scientists take a journey together to Mars and report their wealth of discoveries about the red planet to their friends back on Earth. A fun and informative read for children ages 8–13. 

Out of the Silent Planet
C.S. Lewis, Scribner, 2003, ISBN0743234901
Out of the Silent Planet begins the adventures of the remarkable Dr. Ransom. He is abducted by a megalomaniacal physicist and his accomplice and taken via spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra. Once on the planet, however, Ransom eludes his captors, risking his life and his chances of returning to Earth, becoming a stranger in a land that is enchanting in its difference from Earth and instructive in its similarity. First published in 1943. For ages 9 and up.

Rabbits on Mars (Picture Book)
Jan Wahl and Kimberly Schaber, Lerner Publishing Group, 2003, ISBN 1575055112
Tired of their hard life on Earth, where dogs chase them, winters are cold, and carrots scarce, three rabbit friends build a rocket ship and journey to Mars in hopes of finding a better life. For ages 5 and up.

Red Planet
Robert Heinlein, Del Rey, 2006 (reprint edition), ISBN 0345493184
Jim Marlow and his strange–looking Martian friend Willis were allowed to travel only so far. But one day Willis unwittingly tuned into a treacherous plot that threatened all the colonists on Mars, and it set Jim off on a terrifying adventure that could save — or destroy — them all! For ages 12 and up.

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot Vs. The Mecha–Monkeys from Mars
Dav Pilkey, Scholastic, Inc., 2002, ISBN 0439252962
Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot are in big trouble. After crashing the Ricotta family mini–van while using it as a skateboard (it's the only thing big enough for Robot), they have to earn some money quickly to pay for repairs. While they're thinking how on EARTH they are going to come up with the money...on Mars, mean Major Monkey is making plans to enslave mousekind! Major Monkey has had his eye on earth for some time now...and knows that the first thing he must do is get rid of that robot. Major Monkey tricks the robot into going to Mars. Now it's up to Ricky to rescue his robot and keep Major Monkey from menacing mankind. For ages 4 and up.

Robot Wars
Sigmund Brouwer, Tyndale House Publishers, 2009, ISBN 1414323093
Set in an experimental community on Mars in the year 2039, The Robot Wars series features 14–year–old virtual reality specialist Tyce Sanders. Life on the red planet is not always easy, but it is definitely exciting. Robot Wars is a repackaged and updated version of Mars Diaries. There are now five books in the series; each book contains two stories. These new books contain a foreword about how far science has brought us. For ages 10 and up.

The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars
Thomas M. Disch, Doubleday, 1988, ISBN 0385241623
A group of angry appliances, having fled to Mars to avoid becoming obsolete, now plan to take over the Earth, unless the Brave Little Toaster can stop the invasion. For ages 10 and up.

The Day the Martians Came
Frederick Pohl, St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1989, ISBN 0312917813
Henry Steegman is hardly "Mr. Personality" aboard the Mars–bound Algonquin 9. Yet it is he who bungles upon the spectacular Macy's–like city beneath the Red Planet's crust. For better or worse, the name Steegman will be immortalized by a discovery that will transform millions of lives.  For ages 12 and up.

The Green Book
Jill Patton Walsh, Square Fish, 2012, ISBN 0312641222
Pattie and her family are among the last refugees to flee a dying Earth in an old spaceship. And when the group finally lands on the distant planet which is to be their new home, it seems that the four–year journey has been a success. But as they begin to settle this shiny new world, they discover that the colony is in serious jeopardy. Nothing on this planet is edible, and they may not be able to grow food. With supplies dwindling, Pattie and her sister decide to take the one chance that might make life possible on Shine. For ages 8 and up.

The Martian Chronicles
Ray Bradbury, Doubleday, 2001, ISBN 096501746X
Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams and metaphor–of crystal pillars and fossil seas–where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. The Earthman conquers Mars ... and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race. For ages 12 and up.

There’s Nothing to Do on Mars (Picture book)
Chris Gall, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hachette Book Group, 2008, ISBN 0316166847
When Davey Martin's family moves to Mars, he discovers that there's nothing to do––at least until he and his robot dog Polaris learn to seize the spirit of adventure. It's not until they've zipped around the planet on his flying scooter––climbing Martian "trees," digging up "fossils," dancing in Martian rain dances––that they discover a treasure that finally piques Davey's interest––a source of water on the red planet! For ages 5 and up.

The Worst–case Scenario Ultimate Adventure #2: Mars! (You decide how to survive)
Hena Khan & David Borgenicht with Robert Zubrin, Chronicle Books, 2011, ISBN   081187124X
Join the youngest crew of astronauts ever to make the trip to Mars! Faced with fearsome dangers and difficult decisions, your choices will determine your fate on the Red Planet. Will you achieve the mission and return home to Earth safely, successfully earning the title of the youngest astronaut ever to make it to Mars? Or will you be forced to turn back early? This thrilling adventure offers twenty–two possible endings, but only ONE leads to the ultimate success! With eye–catching comic book style illustrations and information based on scientific facts related to Mars and space exploration, young readers will be over the moon with this entertaining addition to the Worst–Case Scenario series! For ages 9 and up.

You Are the First Kid on Mars
Patrick O’Brien, Putnam Juvenile, 2009, ISBN 0399246347
Using the most up–to–date designs and theories of what it will take to establish a base on Mars, the reader is off on an incredible journey, over 35 million miles to the red planet. For ages 5 and up.

Other Suggested Science Fiction Titles

John Carter Series, E.R. Burroughs, 1912–1940, ISBN 1907960023
War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells, 1900, ISBN 1453603808
The Sands of Mars, A.C. Clark, 1965, ISBN 0553290959
Man Plus; Mars Plus, F. Pohl, 1976, 1999, ISBN 0765321785; ISBN 0671876651
Mars, Ben Bova, 1992, ISBN 055356241X
Return to Mars, Ben Bova, 1999, ISBN 0380797259
Moving Mars, Greg Bear, 1993, ISBN 0765318237
Red Mars, K.S. Robinson, 1994, ISBN 0553560735
Green Mars, K.S. Robinson, 1995, ISBN 0553572393
Blue Mars, K.S. Robinson, 1996, ISBN 0553573357
The Martians, K.S. Robinson, 1999, ISBN 0553574019


A Kid’s Guide to How Flowers Grow (Digging in the Dirt Series)
Patricia Ayers, Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., 2000, ISBN: 0823954625
This series provides children ages 9–12 with basic information for planting and maintaining a flower garden.

A Kid’s Guide to Making a Terrarium
Stephanie Bearce, Mitchell Lane Publishers, 2010, ISBN: 1584158131
Bearce introduces readers to the wonderful world of terrariums. Children ages 9–12 will learn to build their own tropical plants using minimal space and supplies.

Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes: How to Grow a Rainbow Garden
Rosalind Creasy, Sierra Club Book, 1994, ISBN: 0871565765
Children ages 6–9 receive gardening tips on how to grow fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors.

Container Gardening for Kids
Ellen Talmage , Bruce Curtis (Photographer), Sterling, ISBN: 0806913797
Planting small gardens in containers is fun and easy for children of all ages. This book contains 25 projects using things around the house and teaches horticulture basics, such as propagation, rooting, taking cuttings, composts, and the names of plants and materials.  For ages 9–12.

Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea
Alice Waters, Chronicle Books, LLC., 2008, ISBN: 0811862801
Children ages 6–9. An organic gardening and cooking program becomes a universal idea for edible education at an urban middle school. The history and mixture of childhood stories relating to nutrition, farming, and cooking makes this book a great read for any age.

Great Gardens for Kids
Clare Matthews and Clive Nichols, Hamlyn, ISBN 060061204X

101 Kid–Friendly Plants
Cindy Krezel, Ball Publishing, 2007, ISBN: 978–1–883052–54–6
A comprehensive guide to using nontoxic flowers, vegetables, trees, and houseplants, includes seventeen gardening projects. For children ages 6 and up.

June Loves, Chelsea House Publishers, 2005, ISBN: 0791082660
Children ages 4–8 discover the amazing realm of succulents. Loves reveals the usefulness of succulents and cacti, and offers gardening tips for various types.

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June 12, 2013


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