Picture Book Month: Gardens

Using the Picture Book Month Calendar, I am going to post five favorite picture books of mine for each day of November. Today’s theme is gardens and gardening.

When I was little, I helped a lot in the family garden with my miniature rake, shovel and hoe. The rake and shovel are still being used over twenty years later! I wish I’d had some of these books to read when I was helping plant peas, beans, corn and potatoes.

1. The Curious Garden by Peter Brown is the story of a boy named Liam who lives in a city without gardens or green spaces. When he’s out exploring one day, he finds his way up onto an old abandoned railway above the city. There he finds a bit of green where plants are dying. He takes on the job of caring for the plants and soon they begin to explore and grow.

2. How Groundhog’s Garden Grew by Lynne Cherry. When Little Groundhog steals food from someone else’s garden, Squirrel teaches the groundhog how to grow a garden instead. They start by collecting seeds. This book is also great for covering hibernation and seasons with children.

3. First Garden by Robbin Gourley tells about different gardens at the White House and the garden Michelle Obama started with the help of some school children.

4. Goodbye Cancer Garden by Janna Matthies. Inspired by the author’s battle with breast cancer, The Goodbye Cancer Garden is the story of one family as the mom undergoes cancer treatment. The daughter in the family suggests the family grow a garden.

5. A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds by Jean Richards. This story tells how seeds travel and how fruit protects a seed.

I really wished I had a picture book version of the Secret Garden today.

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