garden books for kids

March 30, 2010

Here's what we did this weekend! Planted our garden! It's still a little early for most plants, but we were able to get started with our lettuces. I'm not sure if onions are a cold-weather crop, but I planted some of those, too. 

Juliet had fun rolling around in the dirt and burying the plants. (I had to dig them up while she wasn't looking!) But the best part of all was the watering. She soaked those little plants REAL GOOD. 

I dug out some of our favorite gardening books tonight and they were big hits. 

Growing Vegetable Soup (Voyager Books)

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

Juliet actually made me read this one twice to her! She loves it! It's such a simple story, but it really resonates with Juliet. We don't grow enough vegetables to make a soup, but we do end up making a nice salad with our garden every year! 

Two Little Gardeners (Little Golden Book)

Two Little Gardeners by Margaret Wise Brown is another good Spring read. There is even a song at the end (complete with sheet music)! I keep meaning to bring it to my mom's house so I can peck out the tune on the piano. For now, I just make the tune up!

Here's a link to more of our reviews of garden books (if you are looking for more!)

Do you have any favorite garden books to share? 


Phyllis said...

I love that Lois Ehlert book! I was looking for it yesterday at the library and couldn't find it. I guess I will have to buy another copy because the first one got loved to death!
I love your gardening experiences. Sound just like mine with small children. They have learned more each year. This year my 18 year old daughter's project is to garden with my autistic son. That should keep her busy!

Becky said...

I can't wait to have a garden!!! That's one of the things I'm most looking forward to about our new house!

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

I'm with Becky... counting down the months until we can list this house and move somewhere that has a sunny yard. Have you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle? It inspired me to grow a vegetable garden.

Thanks for the gardening book ideas! We don't own ANY.

Jackie said...

It looks like Juliet had lots of fun gardening. We love to garden. Lots of great learning can take place in a garden.

Raising a Happy Child said...

It's great that you started your garden already. Hopefully Juliette's enthusiasm continues. Last year Anna only lasted for about a week - then she didn't want to water "her plants" any longer. We also like Ehlert nature books, and we also liked Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall. I probably should look for it in the library again since I am hoping to do some planting this weekend.

Brimful Curiosities said...

We own Up Down and Around by Ayres. It is a cute book for younger children about growing veggies and describes vegetables grow underground and above the ground.

Jenny said...

Our favorite garden book so far has been My Garden, by Kevin Henkes.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Wonderful!! We cannot wait to get back to gardening again! Great book recommendations too. :-)

Chels said...

In January we read The Curious Garden and loved every detail on every page! It's a wonderful read by Peter Brown. We were wishing it was spring!

Ann Flower said...

Thanks for sharing the review of Two Little Gardeners by Margaret Wise Brown. I found it interesting. Will buy my copy today.

Anonymous said...

"Planting a Rainbow" by the same author (Lois Ehlert) is one of our favorites--it's all about growing flowers.

Molly (and Valerie--3)

Elise said...

Savvy also enjoys the book: Planting A Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. i notice the previous comment also mentions this book.

I hear you when you say that Juliette gave the garden a good soak. My two children love watering the plants too. Our plants sure get a good drink after my cherubs have been visiting with their little watering cans!

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