Teaching about world hunger and basic agriculture must be done intentionally.  Thinking that food comes from the grocery store tends to desensitize young people to the realities of food insecurity around the world.   These resources may assist parents and teachers with finding ways to introduce truths about growing food and what happens when food is scarce.


  1. Lesson plans and activities for children and youth to learn about issues related to world hunger. Ourgoalis a world without hunger.
  2. 2006-03-01 How can Mama Panya cook pancakes for everyone when she has barely enough money to fee her son, Adika? It is Adika who is one step ahead of her-he knows how! This African story about the rewards of sharing offers a message that is universal. It is supplemented by a helpful map, notes about Kenya...
  3. 2017-08-30 Jamal Livingston is stressed out. His community garden is in jeopardy of closure, because volunteers are squabbling and an angry neighbor is threatening to have the garden shut down completely. A horrible prospect! Not only do Jamal and the others share their produce with the local food pantry,...
  4. 2016-03-01 Duck and his barnyard friends are up to something. What can it be? Does goat know? Or sheep? Or any of the others? Children will delight in making a stable of sounds as they try to guess what these silly animals will do!
  5. A kid's guide to strange and wonderful garden plants
  6. 2013-11-25 Patrick O'Shanahan's breakfast was always boring because he never knew where it came from. But one morning he finds aCOWin the kitchen! Follow along with Patrick as he helps his dad make French toast with a few surprising helpers! This delightful tale will have foodies of all ages laughing aloud...
  7. 2008-04-01 Kids are captivated by growing things. They’re fascinated by the way a seed, when planted, watered, and cared for, sprouts into a baby plant that’s soon putting out its first roots and leaves. Inspired by children’s innate affinity for gardening, Tina Davis has createdSow and Grow—a year’s worth...
  8. 2017-03-14 5 - 8 years A companion to the newOver and Under the Pondand the belovedOver and Under the Snow, this sweet exploration of the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year "could not be more lovely," according to theWashington Post. Up in the garden, the world is full of...
  9. 2002-03-06 8 - 12 years New city. New school. Michael is feeling all alone—until he discovers the school garden! There’s so many ways to learn, and so much work to do. Taste a leaf? Mmm, nice and tangy hot. Dig for bugs? “Roly-poly!” he yells. But the garden is much more than activities outdoors: making...
  10. 1996-04-01 4 - 7 years A littered lot in New York’s Alphabet City is transformed into a lush garden by people of the neighborhood. Young Marisol finds a small patch of her own, where she plants a large, flat seed. As it grows up and up, it surprises everyone and becomes the most special plant in the Garden...
  11. 2010-01-05 4 - 8 years “Nelson’s pictures, a jaw-dropping union of African textiles collaged with oil paintings, brilliantly capture the villagers’ clothing and the greening landscape…This is, in a word, stunning.” —KirkusReviews(starred review) “Nelson’s (We Are the Ship) breathtaking portraits of Maathai...
  12. 2007-01-20 The authors have provided a gorgeous and informative introduction to seeds. From tiny redwood seeds to giant coconut seeds, from right red-orange mountain laurel seeds to pods of fluffy milkweed, an incredible variety of seeds are celebrated in al their beauty and wonder. Poetic in voice and...
  13. 1997-03-28 4 - 8 years "Building on a rhyme that will be familiar to many children, author-illustrator Cole creates an enticing guide to creating a garden. 'This is the garden that Jack planted...' The final illustration presents a satisfied-looking boy surrounded by a lush, bird-filled flower garden....A...
  14. 2008-01-20 Citizen Kid series Inspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many. After his father died, Kojo had to quit school to help his mother collect firewood to sell at the market. When his mother receives a...
  15. 2011-01-20 Citizen Kid series -8 - 12 years A groundbreaking book of statistics and stories that compare the lives of children around the world today. Every second of every day, four more children are added to the world's population of over 2.2 billion children. Some of these 2.2 billion children will be...
  16. 2012-01-20 Citizen Kid Series -8 - 12 years In this fictionalized story about a real humanitarian problem facing many countries in the developing world today, readers meet Mimi, an ordinary girl from an ordinary family in Africa. When her younger sister, Nakkissi, gets very sick after drinking unsterilized...
  17. 2010-09-01 Citizen Kid Series -8 - 12 years From the best-selling author ofOne Hencomes the inspiring story of one struggling farming family in Honduras and their journey to growing enough food to meet their needs. Based on the real story of farm transformation underway in Honduras and many other countries,...
  18. 2009-01-20 While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world. This is an enchanting tale with environmental themes and breathtaking...
  19. 2011-02-21 Have you eaten tree leaves before? Or used seeds to make water safe to drink? Come along with two children as a Moringa Tree helps them become true Hunger Heroes. When a remote village is in great danger because of hunger and thirst, a wise elder points the children to the solution. Off they go....
  20. 2012-03-01 3- 7years This beautifully told story follows Billy from early spring to late summer as he helps his grandpa on his vegetable patch. They dig the hard ground, sow rows of seeds, and keep them watered and safe from slugs. When harvest time arrives they can pick all the vegetables and fruit they...
  21. 2014-03-15 A Square Foot Garden is more than just a perfect place to grow vegetables—it is an ideal environment for sharing and learning with kids of all ages. This book teaches you how. For two generations, Mel Bartholomew’s top-sellingSquare Foot Gardeningbooks have made his revolutionary system for...
  22. 2017-01-24 Plant a pumpkinseed with a child, and cultivate wonder. This simple act of reconnecting with children with nature is Sharon Lovejoy's purpose and joy and gift. Author ofSunflower Houses: Garden Discoveries for Children of All AgesandHollyhock Days: Garden Adventures for the Young at Heart, Sharon...
  23. 2002-08-01 "This fantastical picture book, like its hero, is bursting at the seams with creativity. . . . a vigorous shot in the arm to nonconformists everywhere" — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review) Enter the witty, intriguing world of Weslandia! Now that school is over, Wesley needs a summer project. He’s...
  24. 2001-03-27 With the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2 -- and a fleet of Rube Goldbergian vehicles -- the Cat in the Hat examines the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis and pollination; and seed dispersal.
  25. 2012-03-01 Whoosh . . . the wind blows open a creaky gate. Inquisitive and mischievous, a homeless little cat scampers throughand suddenly finds herself in the wondrous world of an organic farm! Affectionately named "Molly" by the farmers who discover her, she romps, naps, and hunts among the vegetables....
  26. 2016-12-06 A wonderful blend of facts and humor makes learning about vegetable gardening fun and easy. Learn about fiddleheads, munchkin pumpkins, snow peas, walla wallas, and more! Beautiful color illustrations lead children through a brief introduction to soil preparation and seed planting, as well as...
  27. 2011-02-01 8 - 12 years The 2nd Edition of the best-selling book which has sold over 400 000 copies in 17 languages - updated with new content and insights about the world's people. First published to wide acclaim in 2002, this eye-opening book has since become a classic, promoting ?world-mindedness? by...
  28. 2017-05-20 New edition! An educational coloring book by Trees That Feed Foundation, teaching the value of planting trees. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Easy pictures to color, with large type text describing the nutrition, economic and environmental benefits of trees. For each purchased copy, a second copy is...
  29. 2016-09-13 With its wide sky and warm earth, Princess Gie Gie's Kingdom is filled with beauty. But clean drinking water is scarce in her small African village, and despite her commands, Gie Gie cannot bring water closer; she cannot make it run clearer. Every morning, she rises before the sun to make the...
  30. 1999-02-15 Why do flowers exist and how do they grow? Explore science and discover many different types of flowers and the seeds that they produce.
  31. 2018-02-13 From flying to floating... From clinging to crawling... From hopping to popping... You'll be surprised by many amazing ways that seeds get from here to there and grow into plants.
  32. 2016-09-20 Cynthia Rylant takes the familiar text of the creation story, as told in the King James Bible, and lovingly illustrates it in her simple but bold style that has been called “stunning” bySchool Library Journal. In striking illustrations reminiscent of folk art, Rylant has created a fresh take on a...
  33. 2018-09-04 It's never too early to get an A+ in botany! Here's a fun new board book series that introduces a wide array of nonfiction subjects to babies and toddlers.
  34. 2018-05-08 Sowing seed in spring, savoring succotash... Follow the creation of a family meal from the farm to the picnic table on a warm sunny day. Told entirely in words beginning withS, this lively book will help children appreciate where their food came from.
  35. 2015-11-10 Did you know that an average ear of corn have an even number of rows, which is usually 16? How about that chocolate can make you feel in love? Or that there are about 7,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world? If you tried one each day, it would take you 20 years to try them all! Find...
  36. 2000-04-05 The Honey makers How sweet it is. Thousands of bees visited more than none million flowers to gather nectar that went into that one-pound jar of honey. Here's the buzz of how these remarkable insects work together to create this amazing food.
  37. 2019-07-02 The official bee test! What do you do when you see one of these? a. Flap your arms and ruin in figure eights. b. Dash inside and lock all the doors and windows. c. Pull out you industrial-size can of bug spray and aim for the stripes. d. How out your honey bear-shaped bottle, bow, and give...
  38. 2013-02-12 This little chick from over the way went to play with his friends one day. And what do you think? As this little chick visits the farm animals around him, he learns to imitate the noises they make. John Lawrence gives the traditional rhyme a delightful twist, as we're all invited to join in the...
  39. 2018-04-03 THE REAL BUZZ OF BEES Yes! This book turns into a hive for MASON BEES - those non-aggressive super-pollinators. But wait - you'll also learn about all the types of bees. Why bees are critical to our food supply. How bees live. Activities give readers a hands-on understanding of everything from...
  40. 2017-09-26 The first zucchini of a summer garden is always exciting, but what happens when the plants just keep growing...and growing...and growing? Zora soon finds herself with more zucchini than her family can bake, sauté, or barbecue. Fortunately the ever-resourceful girl comes up with the perfect plan -...
  41. 2015-08-04 Winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Books & Films Price for Outstanding Science Series. Level 1 books explain simple science concepts for preschoolers and kindergartners.
  42. 1986-09-01 Timeless stories are fun to read. Approved by educators for children 5-8. Retold for beginning readers.
  43. 2015-08-15 "For centuries we've counted on children to take real responsibility for the animals that provide us with food and companionship. In the process, kids not only grew food, but also grew their own sense of themselves as capable beings. Barnyard Kids gives kids the tools to dream about and plan for...
  44. 2004-07-01 A heartwarming reminder that families, wherever they live, can change their lives for the better. The well-crafted text and richly colored realistic paintings...bring alive the realities of daily life in an eastern African village and the enormous impact of small gifts.
  45. 2010-06-23 Miss Read's School is having a fall fair to raise money to plant trees in the schoolyard and buy energy-saving light bulbs, and Rosy Cole is thrilled when Mrs. Oliphant selects her idea, "Nature's Gifts," as one of the team themes. For their project, Rosy, Hermione, Christy, and Their friends...
  46. 2015-07-01 What's more fun in the garden than a pile of poop and a curious bee? How about bragging rights, two tickets to the fall festival, and a hundred dollars? It's the First Annual Garden Contest sponsored by the local farmer's market, and Lexi and Jason Williams are determined to win with organic...
  47. 2014-03-11 Composttells you all you need to know about making compost, from different methods to the weird and wonderful creatures that help make it happen, and how to build and look after your own heap. Find out why worms are one of the stars of the composting show, how recycling your food and garden waste...
  48. 2015-02-01 An inspiring account. Simple but lyrical text conveys this beautiful, thought-provoking tale of ecological awareness and recycling.... Isatou Ceesay found a way to recycle plastic bags and transform her community. This inspirational true story shows how one person's actions really can make a...
  49. 2016-07-07 Lexi and Jason Williams take center stage at school when Principal Gordon enlists their help to establish a school garden at Beacon Academy. The kids are thrilled to be selected as Green Ambassadors for this important project, but quickly learn how challenging it can be to work with others toward...
  50. 2011-04-05 What a better way to connect with children and with the natural world than through gardening? Team up with the youngsters in your care on scores of fun outdoor and indoor garden-related activities. Share the joy of watching plants and the animals that live among them grow and flourish as you...
  51. 2014-10-14 Growing up brings changes (whether we like it or not). Change can trigger fears that are sometimes real and sometimes imagined. How do kids learn early on that in the midst of these uncomfortable times, they don't have to be afraid? Little Seed and Little Fox are facing fears, changes, and...
  52. 2015-09-08 Anna's heart did a little happy dance. Another day in the garden and the second day in a row of going home with a classmate. A smile spread across her face. Maybe her in-between-friends time had come to an end.
  53. 1996-04-01 How much of the alphabet canyoueat?
  54. 2015-02-25 Sister Mary Jerome has a nephew named Mike. He works for Catholic Relief Services in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He visited our class to tell us about his experiences.
  55. 2014-10-14 From eggshells to wiggly worms, this delightful recipe in bouncy verse features items-some familiar and some not so-that are fit for the home compost bin and will nourish Mother Earth. Vibrant, collage illustrations use recycled and found materials to further a timely message. And to keep young...
  56. 2007-02-04 The Sunflower Parableshares the story of Logan, a young gardener, who hopes to grow sunflowers that reach all the way to heaven by summer's end. Side by side with his father, the wise farmer, Logan discovers the value of planting seeds, not only in the ground, but also in the hearts of his...
  57. D is for Dragon Fruit Jamaica...China...Mexico...Australia... Author/illustrator Monique Duncan takes you on a journey across the globe to explore dragon fruit, kumquats, quandongs and more. Travel around the world and learn about a colorful variety of fruits from A to Z in this unique alphabet...
  58. 2010-09-01 No one really knows what the tractor can do ...The Big Red Tractor and the Little Villageis a contemporary parable sharing a timeless truth: God has a special purpose for you, and you can fulfill it through the help of His Spirit. It's a powerful lesson perfectly told for little hearts.
  59. 2018-01-23 Purple, yellow, orange, red. All you need is a pot, a spoon, a grown-up helper, and vegetables of many colors, and you are ready to make Every Color Soup. Jorey Hurley's bright, graphic art and simple text make this vibrant book a perfect read-aloud for aspiring cooks and their families.
  60. 2019-03-26 Our Journey as gardeners started with one small potted plant, but things did not go as planned. Turns out, trying something new isn't always easy, but sometimes, it's the hardest work that leads to the greatest reward.
  61. Dragon fruit, mangosteen, kiwi, lychee, starfruit... How many do you know? Inside this book, nine delicious and exotic fruits are waiting to be discovered.
  62. 2011-10-04 Nya goes to the pond to fetch water for her family. She walks eight hours every day. Salva walks away from his war-torn village. He is a "lost boy" refugee, destined to cover Africa on foot, searching for his family and safety. Two young people... two stories. One country: Sudan. This mezmerizing...
  63. 2018-02-27 Learning the ABCs can BEE so much fun!
  64. 2015-01-06 One person can change the world. In Ghana, West Africa, a baby boy was born: Two bright eyes blinked into the light, two tiny fists opened and closed, but only one strong leg kicked. Here is the inspiring true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who cycled an incredible four hundred miles across...