By Julie Parker-Dickerson

Williston, Vermont – January 3, 2014: A new resource has bloomed for educators. Entitled Books in Bloom, the newest curriculum from the National Gardening Association invites children in grades K-5 to learn about science and nature while experiencing a great story.

"Because elementary school teachers teach all subjects, they really need to be aware of looking at literature with different lenses, not just the literary elements," expressed author and St. Michael's College education professor Valerie Bang-Jensen. Together with fellow St. Michael's biology professor, Mark Lubowitz, the pair promotes this concept of "embracing complexity" with Books in Bloom, a curriculum that explores the interconnectedness of nature through literature and botany. Each chapter focuses on a popular children's book and features quick and easy lesson ideas, hands-on activities, and full lesson plans that relate the text to multiple disciplines. In addition, reference icons clearly identify appropriate grade levels, and lists of related titles are included for alternative reading levels and connections to Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

"We wanted to make sure there were books of different genres," explained Bang-Jensen. "There's fiction, nonfiction, there's poetic language in some of them –it's a broad range. There's something for everyone."

Perfect for classrooms, after-school programs, or anyone who gardens with children, Books in Bloom is now available to pre-order at a special price before its official publication date in January 2014. The first 100 orders will receive copies signed by the authors. Reserve your copy today.

About National Gardening Association: The National Gardening Association is a Vermont-based national nonprofit leader in garden-based education. Our mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational gardening programs. We fulfill our mission by providing information and support for youth and school gardening programs, home gardeners, and the lawn and garden industry - one child, one school, one community at a time. Learn more at,, and

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