Flower Garden is a sweet reminder that you don't need a big suburban garden to enjoy your own garden. As long as you have an empty shoebox, a few seeds, and nurturing care (with assistance from Dad), you can create a lovely garden--which makes for a special birthday present for Mom. This is one of my Mother's Day themed story time staples.
Kevin Henkes is the king of gorgeous pastel illustrations. My Garden is perfect for sharing with toddlers and preschoolers; as the young girl dreams of jellybean bushes and chocolate rabbits, it does have an Easter feel to it, but great for any time during the spring.
Like Waiting for Wings, Planting a Rainbow is a intricately collaged Lois Ehlert gem. A mother and her young child prepare their garden for a beautiful array of flowers (which are labeled) in this exceptional informational read aloud.
It's always a bright day when a new Kate Messner informational picture book is out (or any Kate Messner book, for that matter). Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, like her sublime Over and Under the Pond (her latest!) and Over and Under the Snow are breathtakingly illustrated and written, sure to inspire nature outings after the last page is turned.
If Cathryn Falwell's Feast for 10 and Christmas for 10 are regular selections for your Thanksgiving and Christmas read alouds, add Rainbow Stew for your spring or summer reads! It's a rainy day, but three children and their grandfather pick delicious vegetables to make his famous Rainbow Stew. Not only is this a gorgeous grandchild-grandparent story, but it also includes the recipe for Rainbow Stew at the end of the story.
Looking for children's nonfiction books about gardening? Check out our J 635 section.
Jennifer Schultz, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library