Created by the American Horticultural Society and the Junior Master Gardener program, the “Growing Good Kids – Excellence in Children’s Literature” award program honors outstanding children’s gardening and nature books. Each year, this award recognizes children’s books that are especially effective at promoting an understanding of, and appreciation for, gardening, nature, and the environment.
For the first year of the program, garden and ecology-themed books published before 2005 were considered for a one-time “Classics” category. The selection committee includes AHS staff, Junior Master Gardener specialists and coordinators, teachers, youth leaders, and kids.
The 2014 winner was announced at the National Children & Youth Garden Symposium, which took place July 17-19, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.