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The flowers are blooming all over town. Guest Librarian Heather from VAPLD is here to share some blooming reads to help your reading list grow.
Spring Flower Picture Books
Spring Flowers and Gardens! How does your garden grow?
Our garden here at the Vernon Area Public Library doesn’t go in until the end of May, but we can’t wait! Spring is here, and little sprouts are coming up all over. Will you have a garden in your yard? Have you seen any daffodils or crocuses coming up where you live? These books will inspire you to keep an eye out for springtime flowers and maybe even plant a seed to start a garden this spring.
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
There are no rules in this young girl’s make-believe garden – she can change the colors of flowers with her mind, and as soon as she picks a flower, it grows back! What happens in your make-believe garden?
Water, Weed, and Wait by Edith Hope Fine and Angela Demos Halpin, illustrated by Colleen Madden
The kids in Room 9 are struggling to find the perfect place for their classroom garden. With a little help from a neighbor and their teacher, Miss Marigold, they find out that gardening can be a lot of work, but a lot of fun, too. Be sure to check out the very end of the book for online gardening resources!
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
This is the tale of three hungry but naughty bunnies and Mr. McGreely’s quest to put in the perfect garden. Can he plant a perfect garden that will yield delicious vegetables to fill his tummy, or will he be outsmarted by bunnies?
Wildflower ABC: An Alphabet of Potato Prints by Diana Pomeroy
Learn your ABCs (or practice them), and learn the names of some flowers you may never have even heard of. Author Diana Pomeroy illustrates this book using potato prints—a very fun craft you can do with kids! Check out these step-by-step from Fun Stuff to Do.
Zinnia’s Flower Garden by Monica Wellington
Join Zinnia in planting a garden! All the steps are well detailed in this vibrant picture book. Learn about the different types of clouds, seeds, stages of germination, and more fun gardening details. You could even keep a journal just like Zinnia!
Fran’s Flower by Lisa Bruce, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Fran and her dog, Fred, find a flower pot already sprouting a fun little flower. Fred knows how to take care of the little bud but can’t tell Fran! Fran does her best and is rewarded with a surprise!
Activities to Accompany your Reading
- Plan how you would plant flower or vegetable garden in your yard
- Learn about the different types of plants that grow in the area where you live
- Draw a picture (or two) of a make-believe garden like the one in My Garden by Henkes
- If you plant a garden, keep a journal of the process, and don’t forget to decorate it!
Sites to Check Out!
U of I Extension – First Garden
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