Soil Study and Inquiry Book Set


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This book set was curated by teachers Megan Zeni and Sarah Regan. Megan and Sarah are job share partners teaching entirely outdoors in a K-7 garden classroom.

This can be purchased individually, or as part of the Soil Study and Inquiry Kit.

The books in this set are:

  1. What’s Sprouting in my Trash by Ester Porter
  2. Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman
  3. The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer
  4. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
  5. My Mud Kitchen is Rad by Allison Bakkum
  6. Compost Stew: An A-Z Recipe for Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals
  7. Exploring Soils: A Hidden World Underground by Samantha Grover
  8. Dirt: The Scoop on Soil by Natalie Rosinsky

On payment you will receive by email a 10-page PDF that includes a conceptual overview with lesson sparks and guiding questions for each book. We will also provide a hard-copy of this with your order on a recycled & waterproof clipboard.

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Dirt: The Scoop on Soil by Natalie Myra Rosinsky

Dig in to the wondrous world of dirt! In this introduction to soil, young science and nature lovers will discover  the components of dirt, how it’s made, and how to maintain healthy soil for the environment.

Alongside charming illustrations, award-winning author Natalie M. Rosinsky delivers fun, fact-filled text for an engaging read-aloud or beginning read-alone. Includes hands-on experiments!

Pages: 24

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Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals

Teach kids to compost and help them develop life-long habits to protect the Earth. From apple cores to zinnia heads, readers will discover the best ingredients for a successful compost pile in this fun picture book perfect for Earth Day!

Kids everywhere are seeking knowledge about the environment and climate change. Not only is composting becoming more common in households and residential gardens, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too. But how do you start a compost pile? What’s safe to include?

This inviting book provides all the answers for kids and families looking for simple, child-friendly ways to help the planet.

Pages: 40

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Exploring Soils: A hidden world underground by Samantha Grover

Have you ever wondered what happens in the earth underneath us? James has, and he wants to be a soil scientist.

In Exploring Soils: A Hidden World Underground, James discovers that soil is not just dirt for digging in, it is an essential part of our world. He explores how plants and animals live in soil, how soils are formed, how they differ, and the ways that soil is essential in our lives.

Presenting a child-centered storyline written by Samantha Grover, a soil scientist and parent, and captivating illustrations from Camille Heisler, Exploring Soils will take you to an underground world filled with activity and discoveries.

Pages: 32

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My Mud Kitchen is Rad by George Sweetland

What happens when two kids are bored on a rainy day? Follow two characters outside to play in their MUD KITCHEN, as they stomp, blend, and mix their way into messy fun. Everyone will enjoy this lovely story as it brings to life the creativity of two children and the muddy fun they have in the rain.

Pages: 46



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Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner

Up in the garden, the world is full of green—leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home. In this exuberant and lyrical book, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves... and down in the dirt.

This sweet exploration of the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year "could not be more lovely," according to the Washington Post.

Pages: 56


  1. A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year
  2. A Regional Indie Bestseller (New England, Great Lakes)
  3. A WSRA Picture This! List selection
  4. A Great Lakes Great Book Award winner

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Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman

Carl is an earthworm. He spends his days happily tunneling in the soil until a field mouse asks him a simple question that stops him short: "Why?" Carl's quest takes him on an adventure to meet all the animals of the forest, each of whom seems to know exactly what they were put on this Earth to do, unlike the curious Carl. But it's not until the world around him has changed that Carl begins to realize everyone, no matter how small, makes a big difference just by being themselves.

A sweet and funny story about finding your place in the world! 

Pages: 48


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The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain

When you’re out walking around, whether on the city streets or a country trail, there’s always so much to see and hear. But do you ever stop and look down? Have you ever wondered what’s going on deep in the ground under your feet?

There are so many amazing sights to see! One side of the foldout shows the ground beneath the city, while the reverse side shows the ground beneath the countryside. The underground scenes include tunnels and pipes, creatures’ burrows, layers of rock, and the planet’s molten core, each running seamlessly into the next.

Mixing urban and rural settings, covering subjects such as geologyarchaeology, and natural historyThe Street Beneath My Feet offers children the opportunity to explore their world through a detailed learning experience.

And its foldout style extends to eight feet in length, and is ideal for spreading out on the floor to pore over for hours.


  1. A 2018 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students: K-12 (National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council)
  2. A 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Notable Children's Book - All Ages

Pages: 20

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What's Sprouting in my Trash? by Esther Porter

You can't recycle a banana peel... can you? Learn about how composting your food scraps, egg cartons, and other wastes helps make Earth a greener place.

Pages: 32


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Soil Kit Resource Download

In this 10-page resource handbook are lesson sparks, guiding questions, and curricular connections for each book in the kit. This will support you in spending less time planning and more time exploring outdoors with your learners!

This is the downloadable version of the hardcopy you will receive with your order (but includes the hyperlinks that are not live in your hard copy). You will be able to access your download immediately on the cart completion page and in the email you receive once your order has been paid for.

These resources were created by teachers Megan Zeni and Sarah Regan. Megan and Sarah are job share partners teaching entirely outdoors in a K-7 garden classroom. Megan shares their experiences of outdoor play and learning on Instagram and Twitter at @roomtoplay.

Recycled & Weatherproof Clipboard (green)

Our clipboards are durable, weatherproof, and made from recycled plastic!

This easy-to-write-on surface provides a simple option for turning the outdoors into your classroom. :)

"The plastic clipboards are a game changer for outdoor ed." - Teacher, Southeast Kootenay School District 5

Ethical Elements: Made from recycled plastic, and sourced from a company that has exceptionally high social and environmental standards. Read more about our ethical policies & practices.

The Inside Scoop: After looking high and low for a recycled clipboard, we were so glad to find this one with a local company with such high standards. While a bit higher cost than run-of-the-mill clipboards, we know it won't disappoint!



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Weight 3 kg
Dimensions 15 × 22.5 × 20 cm
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