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Potatoes on Rooftops - Farming in the City

Potatoes on Rooftops

Farming in the City

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–7
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RI.4-5.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

Reading Level: Lexile 1090L
Hardcover : 9781554514250, 84 pages, July 2012 , 9.5" x 8.75"
Paperback : 9781554514243, 84 pages, July 2012 , 9.5" x 8.75"
Rights sold: Korean


From high school students to high-rise dwellers, people—including Michelle Obama—are discovering innovative ways to grow fresh, healthy, and delicious fruit and vegetables at home, in community gardens, and at school. This brisk, informative overview explains how farming in the city is not only fun, but also important for the planet.

There are many ways to farm in the city: a Detroit high school program teaches students to grow food and raise chickens; in Tokyo, a bank vault was converted into an underground greenhouse; in Nairobi, local youth transformed part of a slum into a garden that helps feed their families. Read about modern inventions such as futuristic pod greenhouses, food-producing wall panels, and industrial-sized composters.

Short, kid-friendly descriptions and vibrant photos and illustrations keep the pace moving and the tone light. Toronto Public Health and FoodShare, two respected agencies, both have contributed to the book. Potatoes on Rooftops is the perfect book to get you thinking about how you, too, can grow food in the city.


  • Green Book Festival Award, Honorable Mention 2013
  • EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards, California Reading Association 2014
  • Skipping Stones Honor Award 2013
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science SB&F Best Books for Children List 2013
  • Best Bets List, Ontario Library Association 2013


“Small but mighty. A lot of relevant topics are hit on in a simple but powerful way. Not to be missed or dismissed.” 

- School Library Journal, *starred review