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Literacy Education by Design: Early Learners

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About Literacy Education by Design

Literacy education embodies more than the reading of texts. 

Literacy education creates opportunities for learners to grow in their understanding of themselves, their surrounding communities, and the world. 

Literacy education also sets the stage for learners to envision ways they can interact with others and within their environment. 

ASLA invites young readers to learn about landscape architecture through colorful, adventure books and music about the design of outdoor spaces and natural spaces. 

ASLA's book list for early learners is a great place to start. 

  • A is for Aquifer by Ann English, ASLA
  • Emma's Dream Job: Landscape Architecture by Xiao Cui, ASLA
  • The Curious Garden by Peter Brown 
  • Green Green: A Community Gardening Story by Marie Lamba, Baldev Lamba, ASLA and Sonia Sanchez 
  • Green Trees and Sam by Shannon Gapp, ASLA, Bolton & Menk 
  • Madeleine by Ludwig Bemelmans Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney 
  • The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain 
  • The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas 
  • Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano 
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Who Made My Stuff by Aisha Desnsmore-Bey


Literacy Education through Music: ASLA Gives Landscape Architecture a Tune-Up with Billy Jonas, Award-Winning Children’s Musician   

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Helpful Resources for Educators

Understanding Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts  

English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (PDF) 

Please direct questions about ASLA Career Discovery and Diveristy to Lisa J. Jennings, M.Ed., M.A., Senior Manager, at


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