A Few Blooms for Your Spring Collection

A couple of weeks ago, Preschooler and I planted flowers in our porch flowerpots.  This has led to an interest in all things flower-related, and the reading of several books about flowers and spring. Just in case you’re doing the same at your house, here are a couple worth checking out.

For the tiny sprouts:

Maggie’s Colorful Garden by Salina Yoon

Yoon’s simple but brightly illustrated board books are perfect for small hands.  In Maggie’s Colorful Garden, readers discover green cabbage, purple eggplant, blue berries, and a whole wheelbarrow full of fruits and veggies.  Piggy Toes Press (2008).



For the blossoming middles:

My Garden by Kevin Henkes

Henkes is perhaps best known for his famous mice.  In this whimsical story a young girl’s imaginary garden comes to life on the pages.  It’s a place where seashells grow and chocolate bunnies abound, where flowers come in all shapes and colors, even patterns.  Preschooler, who insists on planting rocks in our front yard so that she can grow more rocks, wants to hear this repeatedly.  And the illustrations?  GORGEOUS.  Beautiful pastel colors that I wish would leap out of the page and into my own garden attempts.  Greenwillow Books (2010)

For the flourishing flowers:

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small

I first read this book about 8 years ago, and it has never let me go.  Set during the Great Depression, the story revolves around Lydia Grace Finch, a young girl who has been sent to live with a cranky relative in the big city.  How she cheers up her new home and friends is somewhat predictable, and yet still touching without feeling cliche.  Small’s illustrations, which won him a Caldecott Award in 1998, make the story complete. Macmillan (1997).

Can you add to my list?  Any books for the sprouts or the flourishers that you’re reading in your house?


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