Nurturing Hungry Readers

We’ve launched an exciting partnership with FRESHFARM FoodPrints, a DC nonprofit that integrates gardening, cooking, and nutrition education into the curriculum at 13 schools in Washington, DC, most of which are eligible for AOB programs.  Here’s how the partnership works. An Open Book coordinates with FoodPrints teachers to bring authors and illustrators whose books reflect FoodPrints’ themes.  Then FoodPrints teachers design a lesson around the book and the event. By coordinating our programming we can provide a richer experience for the students we serve.

We took local author Mary Quattlebaum to Kimball Elementary School as the first participant in our new partnership.  During her first presentation Mary invited first graders to sing along to Jo MacDonald Had a Garden.  Her second presentation to fourth graders featured Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns, a humorous middle grade novel about a 10-year-old boy who (reluctantly) tends a garden plot close to his city apartment.  Students in both groups helped Mary plant a piece of sweet potato in containers they took back to their classrooms. Once those pieces sprout beautiful purple leaves they can join the other fruits and vegetables in Kimball’s impressive FoodPrints garden.