April Showers Bring May Flowers

Children love to get their hands dirty and April is a perfect month to start a garden. After a long day in the sun I like to relax by sitting down in my favorite chair and read a few books.  Below are the books I picked this week to celebrate Spring. Enjoy.

Non-fiction

Mary Dodson Wade. Flowers bloom!

What is a flower? Why do flowers have petals? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this easy-to-read nonfiction text. Full-color photos give young readers an up-close look at different types of flowers, and budding scientists will enjoy the included activity.

Picture Books for Young Children

Rosalind Beardshaw. Fran's Flower 

Lisa Bruce's delightful story of a budding young gardener is at once funny and informative. The quirky character of Fran, and her whimsical environment are engagingly portrayed in Rosalind Beardshaw's bold pastel illustrations. Fran's Flower is a fun lesson for aspiring little green thumbs everywhere..
 

 

Eve Bunting. Flower Garden

Follow the progress of a little girl and her father as they purchase "a garden," and board the bus to carry it home. The pansies, tulips, daffodils, geraniums, and daisies are lovingly planted in a window box, and the candles on the cake are lighted--just as Mom walks in the door to find her daughter, her husband, and her birthday surprise.

Picture Books for Pre-Schoolers

Anne Rockwell. Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me?

Ladybug, ladybug do you know me? My thorns are prickly, but my blossoms are soft. I am a rose. This is a garden of a book filled with the scents, textures, colors, and shapes of the first flowers young children notice. Featuring a striking illustrations of  flowersand paired with a simple riddle. 

Melanie Hope Greenberg. The Wind's Garden 

A spring-time book to germinate a deep appreciation for nature. While a little girl plants seeds in her garden in neat straight rows, the wind whirls seeds of flowers and trees every which way. The little girl weeds and waters her garden, the wind just lets its garden grow. And with plenty of sun and rain, both gardens flourish. From seedling to flower, this picture book's simple verse and vibrant illustrations describe the beauty of both a cultivated garden and one created by nature. An author's note at the of the book gives tips on planting a garden.

Picture Book for Older Children

Barbara Cooney. Miss Rumphius 

As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful.  She does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.

Jan Karon.  The Trellis and The Seed: A Book of Encouragement for All Ages 

 An inspiration for all ages and an important lesson on God's love for all creatures great and small.