Spring is for Strawberries by Katherine Pryor (2023)

There’s nothing like the sounds and smells of the first farmers market of the year. The sweetness of fresh fruits and local vegetables permeates the air and breathes new life into our recipes just as the spring brings new life to the earth. This illustrated tale follows the budding friendship between two girls who meet … Continued

Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds (2007)

In this story, the animals on the Nuthatcher’s farm are tired of eating the same thing every day. One day, the rooster watches a cooking show and learns to make a delicious salsa that stops everyone’s grumbling.   After reading this book with your students, try making a batch of springtime strawberry salsa or traditional tomato-based … Continued

Wild Berries by Julie Flett (2014)

Spend the day picking wild blueberries with Clarence and his grandmother. Meet ant, spider, and fox in a beautiful woodland andscape, the ancestral home of author and illustrator Julie Flett. This book is written in both Enlglish and Cree, in particular the n-dialect, also known as Swampy Cree from the Cumberland House area.

Let’s Explore Tomatoes! by Jill Colella (2021)

Ripe, juicy tomatoes are a delicious summer treat! Young readers will follow how tomatoes are grown and harvested, and they’ll learn how to make tomato sauce in this engaging title that promotes food literacy.

Add to Wishlist Taste the World! Tomato by World Book (2020)

Did you know that many people once believed that tomatoes were poisonous? And that in German folklore certain plants related to tomatoes were believed to be used by witches to produce werewolves? Or that a tomato-throwing festival is held every year in Spain? You’ll learn this and more in World Book’s Taste the World! Tomato. … Continued

Fresh Delicious Poems from the Farmers’ Market by Irene Latham (2016)

In these vivid poems, blueberries are “flavor-filled fireworks,” cucumbers are “a fleet of green submarines in a wicker sea,” lettuce tastes like “butter and pepper and salt,” but sometimes “I crunch into a leaf the very same flavor as rain.” The unexpected, ingenious imagery and enticing artwork in this collection will inspire the imaginations of … Continued

Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons (2013)

Follow a ladybug through the four stages of its development from egg to adult, and learn about its behavior and habitat—plus, how little ladybugs help protect crops by eating harmful insects.  Bright illustrations and an easy-to-read text make this ideal for young readers studying the natural world.

Ladybugs by Julie Murray (2010)

This book describes a ladybug’s body parts, eating habits, and defense mechanisms. Covered in detail is the ladybug’s life cycle, as the insect changes from egg to larva to pupa to adult. Readers will learn about a ladybug’s unique coloring and markings, as well as ladybug habitats and hibernation. The book concludes with the contribution … Continued