The Junior Master Gardener Program & American Horticultural Society (AHS) have partnered to develop the “Growing Good Kids – Excellence in Children’s Literature” Book Awards Program. The mission of the book awards program is to recognize those children’s books that are especially effective at promoting an understanding of, and appreciation for plants, gardening & the environment.
The Growing Good Kids Book Awards began in 2005 by recognizing those titles published before a unique category of “CLASSICS.” Every year since, award winners have been selected and recognized at the annual AHS National Children & Youth Garden Symposium. To view the previous years’ winners, visit: www.jmgkids.us/bookawards
The Growing Good Kids Book Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for books published in 2017. The nomination form and procedure can be found here. Nominations must be received by May 1, 2018.***
Award winners are selected from children’s picture books that are plant, gardening and ecology-themed. To be considered, titles should be works of fiction or have a strong narrative element. The criteria for selection encompass two primary areas:
- The power of the story to:
- engage children
- effectively promote an understanding of and appreciation for gardening/plants and the environment
- convey a positive message effectively
- The power of the illustration/design to:
- appeal to children
- represent the story effectively
- promote an understanding of and appreciation for gardening/plants and the environment
To nominate a title for the 2018 Growing Good Kids Book Award, send a copy of the book and a completed nomination form (found here) to the address below.
If one of your company’s was a previous award winner, information on obtaining/using the Growing Good Kids Book Awards seal is available at: http://jmgkids.us/bookawards/growing-good-kids-seal-and-logo/
For more information about the “Growing Good Kids – Excellence in Children’s Literature” Book Awards Program, you may contact Randy L. Seagraves, contact information below, or visit: www.jmgkids.us/bookawards.
Randy L. Seagraves
National Junior Master Gardener Program
225 Horticulture Forestry Sciences Building
Texas A&M University, MS 2134
College Station, Texas 77843-2134
Ph:979-845-8565 ; Fax: 979-845-8906