We’ve gathered together a wonderful crop of children’s garden books that value nature, community, and cycles of growth.
These children’s picture and story books about flower gardens, butterflies and earthworms are fun and beautifully illustrated to help children celebrate the joys of planting, cultivating, and learning about the wonders of nature.
It’s hard for young children to imagine that the little seed they planted will grow into a beautiful flower or that a caterpillar can turn into a butterfly. Or how earthworms can make kitchen scraps disappear. This is the magical effect nature can have!
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Flower Garden. A comforting, richly illustrated story about a birthday surprise. An urban African-American girl and her father buy plants, potting soil, and a window box, and put together a colorful gift for the child’s mother.
Rhyming verse carries the brief story, while wonderful, full-color illustrations present scenes from novel angles, and depict a loving family with a sense of intimacy, sincerity, and joy. Eve Bunting. $9.00 (includes s & h).
Sunflower House. A little boy plants sunflower seeds in a big circle. He cares for them and watches them grow into a round wall of stems with golden flowers at the top. After playing in the “sunflower house” all summer, he and his friends collect the seeds from the dying plants to sow for next summer’s flowers. Eve Bunting. $8.00 (includes s & h).
Planting A Rainbow is a dazzling celebration of the colorful variety in a flower garden and the cyclical excitement of gardening. This is a simple, stylized introduction to the joys of gardening, showing the varieties of blooms and bright colors that grow in a flowerbed. By Lois Ehlert. $9.00 (includes s & h).
The Wacky World of Worms is a very user friendly book for kids of all ages. It’s a how-to book on worms, worm recycling plants and recycling our waste.
Sammy the redworm takes you through the abc’s of starting a home or classroom worm bin. In the process, you learn lots of facts about earthworms and what they do in nature. The Wacky World of Worms entertains as it teaches, providing to-do exercises that illustrate the lessons, puzzles to complete, and extra project ideas to try. $24.50 (includes s & h).
Waiting For Wings. Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat–and how?
With a simple, rhyming text and glorious color-drenched collage, Lois Ehlert provides clear answers to these and other questions as she follows the life cycle of four common butterflies. Complete with butterfly & flower facts and guide to planting a butterfly garden. Hardcover. $21.00 (includes s & h).