Monday, March 27, 2017

Best Children's Books About Gardening


It's that time of year where all the flowers start blooming...finally! It has been such a long Winter here and I was simply delighted to see the cherry blossoms come out on our side lane. Living in a cramped concrete urban jungle, I have become increasingly fascinated by gardens and plants as they add such a nice energy to a particular space. Especially after having kids, I notice it a bit more as it's so nice for them to have a green space and to learn how things grow. Learning about gardening teaches them about the environment, where food comes from, how it grows, seasons, and the cycle of life.

Here are my best picks for children's books about gardening:

The Curious Garden, by Peter Brown
(Ages 2-6)
This is a great book by one of our favorite children's book authors, Peter Brown. In this story, a red-haired boy named Liam - who lives in a big city - finds a struggling rooftop garden and tends to it. He works on it little by little and makes his city more beautiful and green.

The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss
(Ages 0-6)
This book is a vintage classic that was originally published in 1945 and has never gone out of style. It's about a little boy who plants a seed, and along with his hopes and dreams and hard work, it grows - despite all the people saying it won't.

The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle
(Ages 0-6)
This is a colorfully simple book that Eric Carle fans will surely enjoy. The story follows the life cycle of a seed to a plant and it is quite educational.
(Ages 4-8)
This is a brilliant book that deals with starting over and also putting things to good use by not throwing them away. In the story, the family is dealing with a divorce of the parents' and an uncertain future. The daughter finds two old potatoes and wanted to throw them out until the dad suggests they plant them. It's a nice book about father/daughter bonding, growing your own food, and making new memories when going through difficult times. I loved the fun illustrations in this book as well as the diverse characters.

Flower Garden, by Eve Bunting
(Ages 3-8)
This story is great for city gardeners who don't have much green space (like us!) but still want to enjoy gardening. The story follows a little girl and her dad who purchase a garden box for their window and plant all kinds of bright flowers to surprise the mom on her birthday. This book could be used as a Springtime book or a good one for Mother's Day too.

My Garden, by Kevin Henkes
(Ages 2-6)
This is a fun story about a little girl who uses her imagination to build a magical garden. As her mind wanders, she dreams of planting seashells, and jellybeans to grow candy plants. She doesn't want her garden to have any worms or weeds, either. It's an entertaining book that encourages children to use their imagination and discuss what their own ideal garden would look like.

The Vegetables We Eat, by Gail Gibbons
(Ages 4-8)
This is a wonderfully educational book about all the different types of vegetables. This one would be a good pick for a vegetarian family, or for a child who struggles to eat their vegetables since the author makes the veggies look so lush and tasty. This book has a lot of great vocabulary for kids to learn, as well as cross-sectional diagrams. An excellent teaching book.

Eddie's Garden: and How to Make Things Grow, by Sarah Garland
(Ages 3-6)
This is a lovely book about a little boy who sets out to plant a garden in his backyard. It's a nice family story about growing your own food so that the whole house can enjoy it, and the little sister character that shadows big brother Eddie is really cute and silly. This book also provides a lot of great information at the back about how families can grow their own backyard garden and what tools they will need.

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