I recently wrote an article about gardening with children and I couldn’t help myself, I had to add in a bit about reading and books. The two activities truly go hand-in-hand!
The community garden I have a membership with has worked for many years in conjunction with the nearby library branch (that I just so happen to be employed at) to hold story time programs in the summer months. One of the library assistants takes a bunch of books out to the garden on a mid-week morning and children from all over the community and beyond gather with their parents and other family members to listen. Needless to say, it is a very well-received program!
Alberta-based writer/speaker/blogger April Demes published a fantastic post last spring about her favourite gardening books for children – you can check it out here. I have a few other titles to add:
April Pulley Sayre – Rah, Rah, Radishes! (I previously mentioned it here).
and Go, Go, Grapes!
Fresh veggies and fruit have never been so much fun. I love the illustrations, too – they’re bold and bright and eye-catching.
Stefan Page – We’re Going to the Farmers’ Market
This board book for the very young is the perfect introduction to an outing at the market and all the delicious produce you can find there.
Kadir Nelson – If You Plant a Seed
There aren’t many words in this book, but they’re chosen with a powerful message in mind. This is less a book about gardening than it is about consideration and kindness. Nelson’s paintings are absolutely incredible – a real must-see.
Julie Fogliano – And Then It’s Spring
Sweet, soft, and inviting. Like spring should be, but often isn’t. 😉
Elly Mackay – If You Hold a Seed
A beautiful story about a boy and a tree as they grow up together. Dream big!
Watch Mackay’s fascinating process for creating her papercut illustrations here.
Kevin Sheehan – The Dandelion’s Tale
One of my favourite children’s picture books in recent years. (I previously mentioned it on my other blog The Door is Ajar -click here).
What are your favourite gardening or garden-related books for children?