Books and Articles

A comprehensive library of inspirational, thought provoking resources

Below is a list of books and articles related to the field of school grounds.  This is a preliminary list and we hope to greatly expand it.  Please let us know if there are other books we should include here.

Resources developed or published by organizations involved in founding the International School Grounds Alliance are denoted by a "*" below.

School Ground Case Studies and Examples

Evergreen. Grounds for Learning: Stories and Insights from Six Canadian School Ground Naturalization Initiatives. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Evergeen, 2001. *

Evergreen. Stewards and Storytellers: The Greening of British Columbia School Grounds. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Evergreen, 2000. *

Moore, Robin C. and Herb H. Wong. Natural Learning: The Life History of an Environmental Schoolyard. Berkeley, California, USA: MIG Communications, 1997.

Olsson, Titti. Grona Skolgardar. Lund, Sweden: Stad & Land, 1998.

Olsson, Titti. Varfor sjunker inte applet? Lund, Sweden: Stad & Land, 2008.

Designing School Grounds

Danks, Sharon Gamson. Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation. Oakland, California, USA: New Village Press, 2010. *

Evergreen. All Hands in the Dirt: A Guide to Designing and Creating Natural School Grounds. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Evergreen, 2000. *

Evergreen. Design Ideas for the Outdoor Classroom. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Evergreen, 2001. *

Evergreen. Small Wonders: Designing Vibrant, Natural Landscapes for Early Childhood. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Evergreen, 2004. *

Grant, Tim and Gail Littlejohn. Greening School Grounds: Creating Habitats for Learning. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: New Society Publishers and Green Teacher, 2001.

Hart, Roger A. Children’s Participation. New York, New York, USA: Earthscan Publications Limited, 1997.

Keeler, Rusty. Natural Playscapes: Creating Outdoor Play Environments for the Soul. Redmond, Washington, USA: Exchange Press, 2008.

Moore, Robin C. Plants for Play: A Plant Selection Guide for Children’s Outdoor Environments. Berkeley, California, USA: MIG Communications, 1993.

Senda, Mitsuru. Design of Children’s Play Environments. Texas, USA: McGraw-Hill, 1992. *

Starting and Running School Gardens

Bucklin-Sporer, Arden and Rachel Pringle. How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers. Portland, Oregon, USA: Timber Press, July 2010. *

California School Garden Network.  Gardens for Learning: Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden. California, USA: CSGN, 2006.

Center for Ecoliteracy. Getting Started: A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms. Berkeley, California, USA: Center for Ecoliteracy, 2007. *

Benefits of and Rationale for Outdoor Learning

Banning, Wendy and Ginny Sullivan. Lens on Outdoor Learning. St. Paul, Minnesota, USA: Redleaf Press, 2011.

Evergreen. Nature Nurtures: Investigating the Potential of School Grounds. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Evergreen, 2000. *

Green Schools Initiative. The Little Green Schoolhouse: Thinking Big About Ecological Sustainability, Children's Environmental Health and K-12 Edication in the USA. Berkeley, California, USA: Green Schools Initiative, 2005.

Houghton, Elise. A Breath of Fresh Air: Celebrating Nature and School Gardens. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: The Learnxs Foundation and Sumach Press in cooperation with the Toronto District School Board, 2003.

Sobel, David. Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities. Barrington, Massachusetts, USA, The Orion Society, 2005.

Stone, Michael and the Center for Ecoliteracy. Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability. Berkeley, California, USA: University of California Press, 2009. *

Titman, Wendy. Special Places; Special People: The Hidden Curriculum of School Grounds. Winchester, England: Learning through Landscapes, 1994. *

Importance of Play on School Grounds

Bell, Anne and Janet Dyment. Grounds for Action: Promoting Physical Activity through School Ground Greening in Canada. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Evergreen, 2006. *

PLAYLINK. "Play at School". London, England: PLAYLINK, 1998. *

Risk Assessment

Free Play Network and PLAYLINK. "Places of Woe: Places of Possibility".  UK (online): PLACES for PLAY Exhibition. Free Play Network and PLAYLINK.

Gill, Tim. No Fear: Growing Up in a Risk Averse Society. London, England: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2007.

PLAYLINK.  "Two Examples of Design Risk-Benefit Assessment on PLALYLINK Schemes". London, England: PLAYLINK, 2010. *

Curriculum-Related Guides for School Ground-Based Learning

Broda, Herbert. Moving the Classroom Outdoors: Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning in Action. Portland, Maine, USA: Stenhouse Publishers, 2011.

Broda, Herbert. Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning: Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool, K-8. Portland, Maine, USA: Stenhouse Publishers, 2007.

Dean, Jacqui. History in the School Grounds. Winchester, England: Learning through Landscapes, 1999. *

Leslie, Claire Walker and John Tallmadge, and Tom Wessels. Into the Field: A Guide to Locally Focused Learning. Barrington, Massachusetts, USA, The Orion Society, 2004.

Thomas, Gill. Science in the School Grounds. Winchester, England: Learning through Landscapes, 1992. *


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