Time to Garden! Books to Get You Started
Do you like to garden? These books may tell you some new things to try. If you’ve never gardened, these books will give you some ideas on how to get started. Dig in!
by Vivian French, illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg
This is a story about a boy who helps his grandmother in her garden. But it’s also chock full of interesting facts about worms. Did you know worms have bristles?
by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Lola and Mommy plant a garden based on Lola’s favorite garden, Mary, Mary. When the garden grows, Lola invites her friends to come see it. This is a sweet story, simply written.
by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, illustrated by Priscilla Lamont
This story follows one family as they plant and tend their garden. It is wonderfully designed with shortish text telling the basic story, talking chickens that explain some of the technical stuff, and excellent illustrations making the information clear. The food web illustrations are especially nice.
by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
A city neighborhood gets permission to create a garden on an empty lot. They clear out the trash, and then plant flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Soon, a beautiful garden grows in a once-ugly lot. The last page gives directions for how to start a community garden.
by Bonnie Christensen
Two friends plant some seeds and wait. And wait, and wait until the seeds start to grow. An impressive garden fills their space and they harvest and eat and cook. The text nicely tells the story and the illustrations burst off the page.
Dig and Sow! How Do Plants Grow?
by Janice Lobb, illustrated by Peter Utton and Ann Savage (sorry, no link)
Each two-page spread asks a gardening question, answers it with text and pictures, gives an activity/experiment to try yourself, and also give a wow! fact. This is a nicely-designed book.
by DK Publishing
With clear text, pictures, and diagrams, this book gives lots of gardening information, plus fun activities. There are directions for gardens, crafts, and recipes. Other DK gardening books: Grow It, Cook It; Wildlife Gardening; Ready Set Grow!
A Green Kid’s Guide to Soil Preparation
by Richard Lay, illustrated by Laura Zarrin (sorry, no link)
Step-by-step kids and some grownups build a raised garden. They find a site, measure, build a frame, prepare the soil, and add blankets of soil, manure, and compost. There are five more books in this Green Kid’s Guide series.
by George Ancona
This book carefully documents one school’s garden project. It covers the planning, planting, observing, harvesting and celebrating. There is a good balance between clear text and lots of photographs. Inspiring!
by Nicola Davies and Simon Hickmott, illustrated by Scoular Anderson
So what kind of monster plants are they talking about? How about Venus Fly Trap (eats flies), Voodoo Lily (looks like a snake and smells like a corpse), Giant Echium (20 feet tall) and others. Careful directions are given.
I hope these books inspire you to get out and garden!