Readers to Eaters: Food Literacy & Fun

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Here’s an organization we love! Seattle-based Readers to Eaters was established in 2009 with a mission to promote food literacy by directly engaging children and families to encourage a better understanding of what we eat, and where food comes from.

Husband-and-wife team Philip Lee and June Jo Lee describe their three-pronged approach to food literacy:

–Publishing: We publish books that give fresh and fun perspective on what we eat and how we eat through good stories, beautiful writing, and a deep appreciation of food cultures.

–Bookselling: Our mobile bookstore sells books about food at farmers’ markets, harvest festivals, and at conferences for science and reading teachers, librarians, nutritionists, food activists, and chefs.

–Education: We partner with community organizations to promote food literacy, including our Book-n-talk series with authors, chefs, farmers, and educators.

Readers to Eaters first book is Our School Garden! by Rick Swann, with illustrations by Christy Hale. This beautifully designed book definitely captures the sheer fun of tugging on a pair of mud books and exploring a school garden for surprises, row after row.

And of course, we loved this passage from Rick Swann’s author note:

“One of my favorite garden quotations is from the book How to Grow a School Garden: ‘School gardens are, in fact, libraries full of life, mystery, and surprise.‘ Being in a garden is like reading a good book: You’re never sure what is on the next page, but you can’t wait to get there and find out.”

As many of you know, the Land Library is working hard to establish a Urban Homestead Library for inner-city Denver. Seattle’s Readers to Eaters organization inspires us by their innovative ways of contributing to food literacy in the city. We need to find a home for all of thier books, and for books such as Hadley Dyer’s Potatoes on Rooftops: Farming in the City (also pictured above) — one of the best urban farming books we know of for older kids.

And here’s two more terrific books for Denver’s future Urban Homestead Library:

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Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability by Michael K. Stone (how to connect the classroom to the garden, kitchen, and community beyond), and Kids in the Garden: Growing Plants for Food and Fun by Elizabeth McCorquodale (full of fun projects for the entire growing season).

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