Growing a garden is something I look forward to each summer. Every morning, before even bothering with “real” clothes and lacing up shoes, we get the grass in between our toes and go check on the garden. If it needs to be watered, Miss H fills up her little green watering can and empties it on the dirt while I use the hose. E helps hunt for green beans hidden in the messy clumps of leaves, and Littlest wobbles unsteadily with his hands on the planter box, grabbing fistfuls of dirt. We prune, spray, we guide wayward branches to the right place. I love these special mornings with my little ones, who soon will most likely decide that helping is no as fun as it once was.
There are also so many lessons to be learned from a growing garden: the habit of gently caring for something; the habit of being consistent; understanding what plants need to grow; a life cycle.
These things happen naturally. I don’t need to guide and teach, because they are constantly learning through observing and running their hands through the earth. Miss H must have the same happy memories that I do from our summers spent gardening, because she has often requested and sought out gardening-related books. These have become some of our favorites.
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Living Books about Gardens
This is a storybook with amazing illustrations. The story is whimsical but realistic. Miss H has asked to read this one every day! It’s not about vegetable gardens, but the tender love that a devoted gardener invests in his work.
This discusses all of the pretty colors in a flower garden, and identifies different types of flowers.
All of Diane Aston’s books are amazing to me. This one, describing different types of seeds and how they grow, is particularly fascinating!
We loved this book, which beautifully describes how seeds are planted in the wild.
These take along guides are great field guides for young children!
This book is beautiful, and the pictures are done with potato prints. I love that concept! I also enjoy teaching Miss H about different types of flowers- some I’ve never heard of!
This book of few words explores different things found in the garden and gently introduces opposites.
E has especially enjoyed this one, probably because of Eric Carle’s captivating illustrations!
We used this one for a Tinkergarten class last spring. It could be described as light reading, but it goes through the process of planting seeds. It’s definitely engaging, and our class had fun planting zinnia seeds, the same seeds featured in the book!
While not exactly about gardening, this book about fruit is definitely related and worth reading! This is one of Gail Gibbons newer books. It has great information, but a fresh, new look 🙂
Pretty much the same description of above, but with vegetables instead of fruit!