In honor of National Garden Week, I thought I’d share some of our children’s favorite picture books about flower gardening. Check them out!
Six Picture Books for Spring:
by Eve Bunting
I first heard Flower Garden when our children’s librarian read it aloud during story time at the local library.
The simple storyline follows a father and daughter from start to finish as they work on a special surprise for somebody they both love.
The illustrations are filled with color and warmth. Our family enjoyed the book so much we’ve since added a copy to our personal library.
Painting a Rainbow
by Lois Ehlert
This picture book features the simple text and clean, vivid illustrations distinctive of author Lois Ehlert. Bright and boldly colored, it makes a perfect primer for beginning gardeners.
Young children often have an easier time identifying flowers by color than by shape or size. Accordingly, this book sorts several of the most popular varieties in rainbow order.
The Empty Pot
A young boy with a talent for growing things receives a special seed from the emperor. The emperor commands him to tend it well and present the results in court the following spring. Despite his best efforts, the boy cannot get the seed to sprout. He must appear before the emperor with nothing to show for all his work.
Demi’s classic folktale, The Empty Pot, is another title we checked out from our local library. My children loved it. They begged me to read it again and again, until I finally bought a copy for our own collection.
The Tiny Seed
by Eric Carle
Some of the most stunning displays of spring blossoms are not planted by human hands at all. Have you ever noticed that? Fields full of wildflowers and roadsides dense with color?
We got our copy of Eric Carle’s The Tiny Seed free through PaperBack Swap. Using simple illustrations and easy to follow text, the author explains how flowers are propagated naturally. The wind carries their seeds carried to a final resting place. Rain waters such seeds. Sunshine nourishes them. Until at last, they break forth in bloom in the most unexpected places.
by Sarah Stewart
The Gardener is another story our children’s librarian introduced us to during weekly story time about a year ago.
Set during The Depression era, it follows a young girl to the big city where she takes a job in a shop owned by her uncle. She brings little with her, save a plucky spirit, a ready smile, a strong work ethic, some stationery for writing home, and a suitcase full of seeds. Using all these resources, she does her best to brighten the lives and lighten the load of everyone she meets. Including her careworn uncle.
The Reason for a Flower
by Ruth Heller
When spring arrives with all it’s beautiful blooms, you might be tempted to think flowers exist solely to bring pleasure to those who admire and cultivate them. But as Ruth Heller explains in The Reason for a Flower, that isn’t their primary purpose.
In her signature, inimitable style, the author uses beautifully detailed illustrations and simple rhyming verse to teach complex lessons and concepts to even the youngest of her readers in a way they can easily understand. Heller is a master at this, and our family owns several of her books for that very reason.
So those are a few of the titles I’ve been reading to our little ones this spring. We’ve already made a one run to the local nursery for flowers to put in our front beds. Yesterday, we made another trip for veggies to go in the back.
What books are you reading this spring? Are you planting something, as well? Tell me about your garden plans (or share your best gardening tips) in the comment section below.