Lynne Cherry and her co-author Gary Braasch on BBC TV talking about how their kids book How We Know What We Know About Climate Change: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming is empowering, not scary.

"This beautiful and informative book fills a major gap in environmental writing for children. It covers a wide range of research, defining techinical terms gracefully and naturally as they arise. The overall tone--urgent wihtout being shrill, hopeful without being
complacent--strikes me as just right. I happily recommend it."
Robert Coontz, deputy news editor SCIENCE magazine

" This is a necessary book. It treats kids with respect--they
deserve to know what's going on. But they also deserve to know that there's much that can be done and much that is being done. In a word, It's empowering!"
Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

The New York Times
December 21, 2003

Lynne Cherry’s children’s books, which include “The Great Kapok Tree” and “A River Ran Wild”, are all rich with questions about the natural world. Her latest, “How Groundhog’s Garden Grew”, with its charming illustrations of Groundhog and his friend Squirrel, as they save seeds, sprout potatoes, thin cabbage and watch bees pollinate squash blossoms, has even this longtime gardener itching to start the spinach.
Groundhog also gets a lessonin letting the birds and insects eat the predators in his garden, rather than harming his friends with pesticides."

Rapid City Journal
“How Groundhog’s Garden Grew” is a beautiful and worthy book that parents of young children would enjoy reading to them often. This is a book that all who care about the Earth and re-connecting people to the Earth might memorize and quote. This is a book that every gardener will want to own because of the magnificent botanical illustrations and the passion of the tale.
And as delightful as the story of the animals in the garden is, this is a book that teaches values such as honesty, integrity, responsibility, caring, self-sufficiency, forgiveness, love and sharing.
I love this book and recommend it. Forget the fact that it is a children’s book. It addresses the human condition and deserves a place on every bookshelf.”

The Washington Post
“There is wry humor when children's book authors turn their attention to gardens and garden animals. Beatrix Potter, who loved animals, nevertheless recognized that Peter Rabbit was a pest that brought out the worst in the gardener. "How Groundhog's Garden Grew" by Lynne Cherry revolves around the premise that a squirrel teaches a groundhog to stop raiding other gardens and grow his own.
"Little Groundhog!" Squirrel scolded. "This food does not belong to you. If you take food that belongs to others, you will not have a friend in the world! Why don't you plant your own garden?"
"I'm sorry," Little Groundhog told her, embarrassed, "but I don't know how."
"Well, then," replied Squirrel, "I will show you."

Chicago Tribune
“How Groundhog’s Garden Grew…describes the annual cycle of a garden in whimsical terms. For more information, see her web site at http:/​/​

The American Gardener (American Horticulture Society)
“Using some lovable animal characters, this simple and beautifully illustrated story introduces kids to lots of practical gardening skills and terms.” 1. Your child will learn how good food can taste-- and she or he will EAT vegetables—because fresh home-grown vegetables TASTE GOOD!

This article in The Philadelphia Inquirer Like daughter, Like Mother: A Tale of Two Illustratorsdescribed how, as a child, Lynne was inspired by watching her mother, Helen Cogancherry, do illustrations for children' magazines. But it wasn't until Lynne became a children's book illustrator that her mother "followed in her footsteps" and became an illustrator, too.

You Can Make a Difference in the World. You can help save rain forests or protect natural places in your own community. You can start recycling programs in your school, save energy and perhaps help stop continued climate change. There are so many things you can do to help make the world a better place.

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How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming tells the story of how Lepidopterist Camille Parmesan found that the checkerspot butterfly changes its range in response to global warming. photo copyright Gary Braasch

Lynne Cherry with Little Groundhog and his friend at Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pa.



1. Your child will learn how good food can taste-- and she or he will EAT vegetables—because fresh home-grown vegetables TASTE GOOD!
A child who gardens is less likely to be overweight and at risk for obesity and diabetes. Your child will get exercise and be more active. Pick-axing, digging, planting and weeding are great exercise!

3. Your child’s cancer risk will be reduced. (Many pesticides cause cancer.) You reduce your child’s exposure to pesticide residue by growing your own organic vegetables. And a child who eats fresh vegetables has more resistance to cancer; studies have shown that many fresh vegetables. notably broccoli and leafy greens, have anti-cancer properties.

4. A garden will connect your child to Nature. A garden teaches children where their food comes from and how it grows.Your child will become more appreciative of the food she or he eats by realizing how it grows."School Gardens Take the 'Yuk" Factor out of Vegetables."

5. Gardening together bonds families together and is a wonderful family activity. To quote Alice Waters, " From the garden, and the kitchen, and the table, you learn empathy–for each other and for all of creation"...
By preparing, cooking and eating wonderful, flavorful fresh food, going around the dinner table and expressing gratitude, we learn about what it is to care.

6. Your child will learn how birds and beneficial insects help a garden grow by pollinating or by helping get rid of insect pests. She or he will learn how to create habitat for other living things because planting a vegetable or flower garden creates habitat. Children will watch in wonderment as pollinators such as hummingbirds, butterflies and bees and other wildlife come to live in your own back yard. Your child will learn empathy for other living things.
Click for Junior Master Gardening Research Findings.

7. A child has more fun in a school that uses a school garden to help teach. Students discover complex interactions on their own through an inquiry-based curriculum. By teaching through firsthand outdoor experience, both children and teachers have more fun while learning.

8. Your child’s achievement will most likely increase when school garden is part of the curriculum.
Studies such as the *SEER report show that teaching using the outdoor environment has been linked to elevated standardized test scores. Children retain the information they are taught when it has relevance to the real world.

9. Your child may thrive in a setting providing more physical activity while learning. If your child has been diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) he or she may thrive in a garden setting. Children learn in different ways and some have trouble sitting still and learning by only listening and seeing (visual or auditory ways). Some children learn better through activity and through touch or smell (sensory or olfactory channels).

10. A Child who knows how to grow food becomes more self-sufficient. If, in the next 80 years of your child’s life, if there were a disruption of the channels of food distribution, your child would know how to grow her/​his own.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ABOUT How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming A non-scary book about Climate Change Science.

Short Documentary Films
Eight Short Documentary Films Showing Youth Making a Difference
The Great Kapok tree has been read by millions of children and translated into Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Portuguese.
How Groundhog's Garden Grew will inspire children to explore gardening fun!
A seed from a mangrove tree floats on the sea until it comes to rest on the shore of a faraway lagon where, over time, it becomes a mangrove island that shelters many birds and animals, even during a hurricane.
A wonderful compilation of Essays for Grown-ups by a Variety of Writers
Share Lynne's Odessey from the spring on her mountaintop farm to the river
Climate Change Science and Solutions
A National Geographic Book of Water Essays
The Book includes 30 voices of humanitarians, activists, and politicians who are at the forefront of saving Earth's most vital natural resource: fresh water Feature!
You can "read" the first few pages of The Shaman's Apprentice on
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