Community Gardens

Those of you who came to Hobby Day in January may know that I participate in a community garden.  This week, we planted plants that like cool weather: lettuce, onions, and peas.  Back when the garden was new, a friend of mine wanted a picture book to read at a kickoff event.  I was surprised to see how many books we had that dealt with community gardens.

In this post, I’m including a few books that aren’t about community gardens in the traditional sense (one space cared for by several gardeners).  It seems to me that most gardens have a community component.  Gardeners want to share what they grow, either by giving away some of what they pick or by creating a beautiful display for visitors and passers-by.  Gardeners also draw on each others’ experience to solve problems and get new ideas.  It even popped into my head that the living things that make up a garden can themselves be seen as a sort of community.

A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope
by Michael Foreman
In this new book, one boy creates a peaceful little place.

City Green
by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

The Garden of Happiness
by Erika Tamar

The Gardener
by Sarah Stewart
I fell in love with this book at my college bookstore.  In letters and pictures, it tells the story of a girl sent to live with her uncle in the city while her dad looks for work during the Great Depression.

The Green Truck Garden Giveaway
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Grow: A Novel in Verse
by Juanita Havill

The Hive Detectives
by Loree Griffin Burns
This caught my attention on the new books cart.  It follows scientists as they try to find out why bees have been dying, leaving plants without their usual pollinators.

In the Children’s Garden by Carole Lexa Schaefer

Jackson Jones and Mission Greentop
by Mary Quattlebaum

Jackson Jones and the Curse of the Outlaw Rose
by Mary Quattlebaum

A Kid’s Guide to How Herbs Grow
by Patricia Ayers
In addition to information about herbs, this book tells the nonfiction story of a school garden.

The Magical Garden of Claude Monet
by Laurence Anholt
Bonus: this book mentions Berthe Morisot.  How many children’s books can say that?

Miss Emma’s Wild Garden
by Anna Grossnickle Hines
I’ve enjoyed using this book in storytime for Groundhog’s Day.  It also reminds be of the three girls who live by my mom and dad.

Miss Rumphius
by Barbara Cooney
This fictional librarian is known as the “Lupine Lady.”  Me, I’m known as “Worm Girl.”

The Missing Sunflowers
by Maggie Stern

Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden
by Edith Pattou

One Leaf Rides the Wind: Counting in a Japanese Garden
by Celeste Mannis

by Paul Fleischman
This book actually inspired the community garden in which I participate.  The seeds were planted during a book discussion.

The Selfish Giant
by Oscar Wilde
This story always reminds me of my kindergarten teacher, who shared it with us as we prepared for Easter.  Thanks, Sister Katherine!

The Sunflower House
by Eve Bunting
My dad and I totally want to try this.

The Ugly Vegetables
by Grace Lin
Why does this mom want to grow ugly vegetables when all the neighbors have flowers?  Her daughter and the neighbors learn it’s because they smell and taste delicious!

Wanda’s Roses
by Pat Brisson

Your Local Environment
by Sally Hewitt

-Miss Sarah

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