SubTopic: Gardening

  Anno's Magic Seeds

by Mitsumasa Anno

HARDCOVER
Flora : Gardening

"Anno's Magic Seeds is magical as well as logical with arithmetic woven into the text and illustrations. . . . Children, ages eight and above, will enjoy counting and predicting how many seeds there will be. Anno's story has a deeper message for the reader. He writes about saving seeds to replant the following year, increasing the harvest, and selling seeds to the community. He introduces issues of hunger and of how much is enough. He writes about generosity and about self-preservation. This is a wonderful, rich, inspirational story." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (September/October 1996) published by CCEL.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes

by Rosalind Creasy

HARDCOVER
Flora : Gardening

As an excellent resource for the creation of an organic rainbow garden of unusually colored vegetables and fruits, such as red corn and yellow watermelon, this book provides young gardeners simple, clear information about ordering and selecting seeds, the preparation of soil, planting, watering and weeding as well as organic methods of fertilization and pest control. The second part of the book offers detailed instructions for the care of each of the eight rainbow vegetables and fruits of the garden and for an easy-to-make recipe after harvest.

See also:
Elizabeth Scholl's Organic Gardening for Kids
Laurie Carlson's Green Thumbs: A Kid's Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening
Lois Ehlert's Growing Vegetable Soup
Elizabeth MacLeod's Grow It Again

        Grades: 2nd to 6th

  The Carrot Seed

by Ruth Krauss

PAPERBACK
Flora : Gardening

"The Carrot Seed is a wonderful first book about the planting of a seed. It is about a little boy and his 'wonderful and quietly unshakable confidence in his carrot seed.' The text and accompanying two-color illustrations are simple, yet perfect for a young reader (to second grade)." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (September/October 1996) published by CCEL.

        Grades: Kindergarten to 2nd

  Compost Stew

by Mary McKenna Siddals

HARDCOVER
Flora : Recycling & Composting
Flora  : Gardening

From Apple cores and Laundry lint to Teabags and Zinnia heads, this A to Z guide to composting shows young "environmental chefs" the many items from their homes and gardens that can be placed in a compost "pot" to stew over time into a delicious treat for Mother Earth. The vibrant collages, depicting multicultural kids finding and putting together items for the stew, are created with recycled and found materials to further the environmental message. A "Chef's Note" about what ingredients not to include in the compost complements the recipe. This rhyming picture book is an upbeat introduction to composting as an important step for caring for the Earth.

To learn more, visit Composting For Kids.

See also:
Robin Koontz's Composting: Nature's Recyclers, and
Linda Glaser's Compost!: Growing Gardens From Your Garbage

For older children, see also:
Linda Glaser's Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: A Compost Story, and
Bianca Lavies' Compost Critters

      Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  The Curious Garden

by Peter Brown

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Gardening

During a walk in his neighborhood of a grey, dismal city, a boy discovers an abandoned railway where a few wildflowers and plants are struggling to survive. Liam cares for the plants that gradually spread to new places. Over time new gardeners join the boy in creating lush gardens, transforming the dreary urban landscape into one abounding with life and beauty.

This beautiful picture book was inspired by High Line, an elevated railway in Manhattan that had been abandoned since 1980.

Printed on recycled paper.

See also:
Gordon Morrison's Nature in the Neighborhood
Martin Brennan's I Saw It in the Garden

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Down to Earth: Garden Secrets! Garden Stories! Garden Projects You Can Do!

by Michael J. Rosen

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Gardening

Rosen compiled this anthology of 41 children's book authors and illustrators into an engrossing collection of stories, projects, activities and recipes -- all related to gardening. Dozens of stories let readers experience a touching personal remembrance or amusing anecdote about a particular plant. When a childhood dream is finally realized through his own orchard, Erich Hoyt also learns to share apples with local bears; Maryjo Koch reminisces about the beauty of the foxglove that also serves an important medicinal purpose for a loved one; Nicholasa Mohr discovers the flaming red trees on her first visit to her parent's cherished island of Borinquen in Puerto Rico; Kathyrn Lasky shares her love of moss that grows on walls to create beautiful patterns. The thirty-three adventures in "Let's Get Growing: Activities" include recipes for cheesy zucchini, apple crumble and roasted squash seeds; instructions for planting a spring rainbow, growing a pole-bean teepee, drying/pressing flowers, creating potato prints and fern prints as well as bottle gardens and windowsill lawns.

Contributors to this anthology include: Kathi Appelt, Keith Baker, Karen Barbour, Eve Bunting, Amy Butler, David Butler, David Catrow, Lynne Cherry, Malka Drucker, Lois Ehlert, Mark English, Denise Fleming, Vivienne Flesher, Julia Gorton, Donald Hall, Florence Parry Heide, Will Hillenbrand, Ron Hirschi, Erich Hoyt, Angela Johnson, Carole King, Daniel Kirk, Maryjo Koch, Maxine Kumin, Kathryn Lasky, Adam McCauley, Michael McCurdy, Nicholesa Mohr, Diana Pomeroy, Gloria Rand, Jane Ray, Mary Lyn Ray, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Michael Rosen, Reynold Ruffins, Greg Shed, Judy Sierra, David Updike, Nicki Weiss, Vera B. Williams, Christopher Wormell and Dan Yaccarino. Contributors donated their work so that proceeds support Share Our Strength, an antihunger organization.

      Grades: 5th & up

  The Flower Alphabet Book

by Jerry Pallotta

HARDCOVER
Flora : Plants & Flowers
Flora  : Gardening

From the amaryllis to the iris to the pansy to the zinnia, colorful illustrations of a flower of one letter of the alphabet adorn a page. Brief information is provided for young children on each letter's page about each flower, such as the edelweiss found on mountains, hollyhock that was used to make dolls, the marigold fed to chickens, the edible nasturtium used in salads, and jasmine that is used in teas and perfume. Supplementary information about the origin of the names, folklore and uses of the flowers follows the text in the "Artist's Notes".

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Flower Garden

by Eve Bunting

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Gardening

"The possibility of a garden for apartment dwellers becomes a reality in this beautifully illustrated book. This little city garden, intended as a birthday gift for mom, becomes a gift for all those who have the great fortune to view it. The window box filled with a rainbow of blossoms contrasts with the surrounding urban canvas and becomes home to butterflies and ladybugs. The illustrations are beautiful as well as botanically accurate and the placid prose accents the aura of this miracle on West 76th St." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (September/October 1995) published by CCEL.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Grow it Again

by Elizabeth MacLeod

PAPERBACK
Flora : Gardening
Field Guides & Activity Books 

Seeds, plant and root tops, bulbs and tubers of vegetables and fruits that are often discarded from the kitchen can be grown again to create beautiful gardens of unusual flowering or leafy plants. Detailed, illustrated instructions are provided for the planting, growing and care of the plants. Besides recipes (carrot-pineapple muffins, sesame seed bars, baked apples, fruit salad and guacamole) that use fruits or vegetables, parts of which can later be planted, this creative activity books provides ideas for craft projects, including decorating pots and making milk/juice carton planters, seed necklaces and pressed flowers.

See also:
Elizabeth Scholl's Organic Gardening for Kids
Laurie Carlson's Green Thumbs: A Kid's Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening
Lois Ehlert's Growing Vegetable Soup
Rosalind Creasy's Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes

      Grades: Activities for Preschool & up

  Jack's Garden

by Henry Cole

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Gardening

Detailed, colored pencil drawings by the author bring children into the world of gardening through the evolving narrative of "Jack's Garden". Beginning with an image of Jack standing shovel in hand in an empty dirt plot, "This is the garden that Jack planted", the text and imagery carry children through the gradual transformations of his garden, through the sprouting of seeds, the growth of the plants and the formation of buds as well as into the bustling activity of birds and insects when the garden blooms. The last scene showing Jack in the midst of his flowering garden cycles back to the beginning of the book -- "This is the garden that Jack planted". Labeled drawings in the margins of the double-spread illustrations add detailed information to each scene with imagery of various tools, plants and seeds, insects, birds and their eggs.

See also:
Lynne Cherry's How Groundhog's Garden Grew

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Organic Gardening for Kids

by Elizabeth Scholl

HARDCOVER
Flora : Gardening
Field Guides & Activity Books 

Organic Gardening for Kids offers a wealth of information for young gardeners to create gardens to grow food and ornamentals without the use of harmful chemicals. Kids will learn what kind of plants can be grown based on soil and sun requirements, why to use compost to enrich the soil, and how to deal with pests and weeds. There are instructions to design and maintain all types of gardens -- perennial, vegetable, herb, butterfly and water -- as well as terrariums and container gardens. Craft projects include the building of a worm composter and a rain gauge.

To learn more about organic gardening, visit:
Rodale's Organic Gardening and Gardening with Kids
Lilly Dunn's Organic Gardening For Kids

Learn also about the Victory Garden Initiative to grow food.

See also:
Catherine Paladino's One Good Apple: Growing Our Food for the Sake of the Earth
Laurie Carlson's Green Thumbs: A Kid's Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening
Lois Ehlert's Growing Vegetable Soup

      Grades: 3rd to 7th

  Planting a Rainbow

by Lois Ehlert

HARDCOVER
Flora : Gardening

With bold, large, colorful illustrations and direct, simple text, a child narrates how together with the mother they plant bulbs, seeds and seedlings and watch the profusion of color that eventually blossoms. The child then describes by color the assortment of flowers growing in their garden. This is a brilliantly, colorful introduction to the basics of the cycle of gardening through the seasons for young children.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden

by George Levenson

HARDCOVER
Flora : Gardening
Flora  : Plants & Flowers

Rhyming text accompanied by stunning photographs show the circle of growth from seed to pumpkin to seed. Young readers can explore close-ups of imagery of the pumpkin plant's buds and tendrils, observe the developing pumpkin growing and changing color and learn about planting, growing and harvesting. Instructions for growing pumpkins are provided at the end of the book.

        Grades: Pre-School to 2nd

  Pumpkin Pumpkin

by Jeanne Titherington

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Gardening

A child discovers the wonders of planting a seed which he watches sprout and grow into a big pumpkin that he carves into a Jack-O-Lantern from which he saves seeds for planting next spring. The simple text and delicately illustrated drawings show the child's fascination and joy in observing nature unfold.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Waiting for Wings

by Lois Ehlert

HARDCOVER
Animals : Spineless Creatures
Flora  : Gardening

The beautiful imagery and design of this picture book will enrapture readers of all ages as they follow the life cycle of a butterfly. The metamorphosis of the butterflies begins on small, partial pages where eggs lie hidden on leaves amidst the full spread pages of colorful foliage. Gradually, as the transitions of the stages of the life cycle unfold, the butterflies spread out and travel through the full-page, colorful floral imagery. Information about the anatomy and characteristics of butterflies, butterfly attracting flowers as well as instructions for growing a butterfly garden are also included at the end of the book.

See also:
Melissa Stewart's A Place for Butterflies

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  What About Ladybugs

by Celia Godkin

PAPERBACK
Habitats & Ecosystems
Flora  : Gardening

When a gardener decides to rid his thriving garden of "harmful" insects by spraying the plants with a bug killer, he discovers that the flowers, fruits and vegetables no longer thrive. The aphids as well as the ants and wasps proliferate since the ladybugs that controlled the aphids are no longer part of the garden ecosystem. When the ladybugs are reintroduced, the delicate natural balance as well as the beauty of the garden are restored. Accompanied by color, double-page illustrations, that include close-ups of the various insects, this picture book introduces young readers to the ecology of a garden, presenting the important role of ladybugs.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd