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Summer Reading List: Books Celebrating Landscape Architecture

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Children’s books have the power to enhance instructional strategies with young audiences that increases student’s understanding of the world, their communities, and their role as change agents.

ASLA invited its members to share the children's book that informed their decision to become a landscape architect. 

Check out our member's top picks below. 

Whether you're a parent looking for a fun book to read with your children or an educator seeking books that inspire student's curiosity about outdoor spaces and design learning, ASLA's Best PreK-12 Book list is a great place to start. 

ASLA members are also here to read from the 2021 DREAM BIG with Design series, Connecting Landscape Architecture Through PreK-5 Literature and Storytelling. Readings are available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and American Sign Language.


PreK-Elementary Readers

Across the open field

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Architecture in the garden

Green Green: A Community Gardening Story by Marie Lamba, Baldev Lamba, and Sonia Sanchez

Architecture in the garden

Green Trees and Sam by Shannon Gapp, ASLA, Bolton & Menk

The artful garden

Madeleine by Ludwig Bemelmans

The artful garden

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

The artful garden

The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain

The artful garden

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas

The artful garden

Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano

Middle School Readers 

The artful garden

Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

The artful garden

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett



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