Did you plant a garden this year?
We beefed up on vegetable garden this year after we had trouble getting some foods right after Covid-19 hit New Jersey. Food supply chains have settled back to somewhat normal, but we are really enjoying our vegetable garden nonetheless. Everyone, even Little Kid at 1 is helping.
We’ve been reading these books about planting both vegetable and flower gardens all spring:
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn & Rosalind Beardshaw – Little Lola wants to plant a garden after reading the “Mary Mary Quite Contrary” nursery rhyme in her favorite book. Her mother helps her get seeds, plant, and eventually have her diverse group of friends over to enjoy the garden with her. This is an awesome book for beginning toddler-preschool gardeners.
One Bean by Anne Rockwell & Megan Halsey – Siblings watch as a single bean seed sprouts in a paper cup and follow its progress all the way through fruiting so they can begin the process again. This is a great book to share with little ones new to gardening and plant life cycle.
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert – Lois Ehlert has a way of making any subject simple and beautiful. Her bright, bold illustrations captivate young audiences. This book tells the story of an unseen narrator as he/she plans, plants, and harvests a flower garden. The book throws in a color lesson without feeling forced, and all the flowers are labeled so your youngster can learn flower names as well.
The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall & Shari Halpern – Follow a mother and two young children as they plant seeds in their backyard garden without knowing what they are. Everything that comes up is a surprise, which delights the children.
Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole – There is so much to look at and learn on every page of this book. The illustrations steal the show of this cumulative story told all about the garden that Jack grew. The amount of factual information and vocabulary about gardens that is crammed into this book is astounding. This is one that would be fun for toddlers to read, and could be used for many years, growing as your child does.
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson – Part gardening story, part life lesson, this simple, yet stunning picture book shows us all that we reap what we sow whether it be carrots, selfishness, or kindness.
What gardening books are you reading with your little ones?
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