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.
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
Seedfolks 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