May 6th is National Public Garden Day, so it’s a wonderful time to get out and enjoy some of the beauty in your community! It’s also a great time to share some books with your kids, so we have some suggestions for you–and some even have free units at Homeschool Share!
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Holly Bloom’s Garden: Holly is frustrated when she can’t get her flowers to grow like her mom’s and her siblings’ flowers do. After trying all kinds of solutions, she finally comes up with a foolproof way to have a beautiful garden!
The Gardener: Young Lydia Grace is sent to the city to live with her uncle during the Depression. In her quest to hold on to her country life and to make her uncle smile, Lydia Grace begins a garden in the city, making it a better place for everyone.
Miss Rumphius: You may already be familiar with this story, which tells how Miss Rumphius achieved her goals of traveling the world, living by the sea, and making the world a more beautiful place. If you haven’t read it before, this is definitely one that belongs on your library list!
The Trellis and the Seed: The little seed wants to be a big vine, but its dream seems impossible, in spite of everything it has been told. This story reminds readers that with time and patience and faith, we can achieve great things!
Garden Themed Books for Your Book Basket
In the Garden: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George: This simple picture book is a guessing game, too! Two children are exploring their garden and trying to figure out who else has been there from clues that have been left behind.
Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole: This is a garden-themed take on “The House that Jack Built” that also shares more detailed information on plants and animals found in the garden, too!
Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith: We usually think of gardens as spaces that have been deliberately planted, but this book focuses on how things are “planted” in the wild.
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown: This is probably my favorite gardening book and the best one for the day! Liam lives in a drab and dreary city, until one day when he finds a few plants growing on an abandoned railway. Over time he learns more about the plants and eventually changes the entire landscape! The story is great and Peter Brown’s illustrations are gorgeous.
Zinnia’s Flower Garden: Monica Wellington’s books are so wonderful because they have a simple story and nice bright illustrations, which are great for younger kids, but your older kids will enjoy them, too, because of the details (both in pictures and words) she includes in her illustration borders. This story begins with Zinnia planting her seeds in the spring and follows her garden through the summer and into the fall, when she harvests the seeds to use the next year.
Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson: Fletcher is alarmed to find that snow is falling when it’s time for animals to come out from their winter’s naps and flowers to bloom, so he spreads the word throughout the forest. When they all go to investigate, though, they find that the snowflakes are actually huge white blossoms. The story is sweet and the illustrations are beautiful. We love the Fletcher books!
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett would be a perfect chapter book read aloud! Follow the adventures of three young children who find an abandoned garden.
Check out the Homeschool Share Plants Connections page for more fun ideas!