Monday, April 17, 2017

Grow a Reader (and Gardener!): Books for National Garden Month

Due to the number of books checked out about gardens, flowers, and spring in general, it's obvious that our patrons are definitely glad that spring is here! Luckily, we have many outstanding books for young green thumbs and nature aficionados. Take a break from your yard and garden chores with these stunning reads:

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 WingsPlanting 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.

Happy gardening!

Jennifer Schultz, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library 

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