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Seed Savers-Treasure in the Classroom

(updated September 2019)

Whenever I speak at events or even have a table in the vendor section, teachers always ask if there are teaching materials to go along with my Seed Savers books. The short answer is no, not yet. The best I’ve done so far is make a list of book themes, garden tie-ins, and other subject area tie-ins.

Thinking about classroom use is one of the reasons Seed Savers-Treasure is on audio. As a teacher myself, my students and I always enjoyed listening to books on audio after reading a chapter together first.

My hope is that eventually there will be classroom materials. Until then, I’ll share some of the themes, gardening aspects, and subject area tie-ins.

For book one, Seed Savers-Treasure, here’s the scoop:


  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Flying Books House (June 11, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1943345058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1943345052
  • Also available digitally and audio
  • Available through Ingram or Flying Books House, or purchase online from your favorite retailer, or from your local bookstore

In a future where growing your own food is against the law, twelve-year-olds Clare and Lily, and Clare’s seven-year-old brother Dante, risk their safety by studying the illegal subject of gardening. The children’s mentor, Ana, entices the children with her description of the food she knew as a child—food unlike the square, packaged food they have always known. Constantly watching, however, is GRIM, the government agency that controls the nation’s food source and keeps in check all potential troublemakers. When Clare and Dante return home one day to find their tomato plant seized and their mother jailed, they bolt, leaving behind Lily and Ana. Clare has heard of a place called “The Garden State,” and with their bikes, a little money, and backpacks, the children begin a lonely cross-country journey that tests them both physically and spiritually. Will they succeed in their quest to find a place of food freedom?  And can they, only children, help change the world?

Themes: journey/quest, sense of self, questioning authority, making a difference, hope & courage

Gardening topics: parts of the plant, germination, genetically modified seeds, planting & growing of tomatoes and carrots, container gardening, bees as pollinators

Seed Savers-Treasure is full of great vocabulary, similes, and metaphors!

Possible Subject Area Tie-Ins beyond Gardening and Language Arts:

Science: parts of plant, germination, photosynthesis, Scientific Method

Math: calculating geographical possibilities of where the children traveled, the distance they covered, etc.

Social Studies: food politics, culture and religion, sustainability, ethics, climate change

Art: depicting characters, setting, garden; designing seed packets

Technology: create a book trailer; create a video game; powerpoint book report

Consumer Sciences: Writing recipes or assembling a cookbook

All of the Seed Savers books include a resource page at the end to continue the conversation.



Seed Savers-Treasure is a Mom’s Choice Gold Award Winner




sticker art interior for mockupSeed Savers-Treasure is a Silver Benjamin Franklin Award Winner



Sandra Smith is the author of the awesome and award-winning middle grade/YA series, Seed Savers. Visit her  Facebook and Pinterest pages. Follow her on TwitterSign up for the newsletter!



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