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!
- Flower Garden
I first heard Flower Garden when our children’s librarian read it aloud during story time at the local library. It 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 have since added a copy to our personal library.
- Painting a Rainbow
Lois Ehlert’s brightly illustrated picture book, Planting a Rainbow, makes a great primer for beginning gardeners.
Young children may have an easier time identifying flowers by color than by shape or size, and this book sorts several of the most popular varieties in rainbow order.
- The Empty Pot
A young boy with a talent for growing things is given a special seed by the emperor. He is commanded to tend it well and to present the results in court the following spring. But despite his best efforts, he cannot get the seed to sprout and has 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 and insisted I read it again and again, until we finally bought a copy for our own collection.
- The Tiny Seed
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, their seeds carried by the wind to a final resting place, watered by the rain and nourished by sunshine, until they break forth in bloom in unexpected places.
- The Gardener
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 brought 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 those resources, she makes it her goal to brighten the lives and lighten the load of everyone she meets, including her careworn uncle.
- The Reason for a Flower
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, and made another trip yesterday for veggies to go in the back.
What books are you reading this spring? Are you planting something, as well? What?