Last weekend we had a ‘belated’ Easter celebration at our Peter Rabbit Soiree for my two nieces, Cecileia ‘Celia’ and Charlotte. I’d found a selection of beautiful children’s books on Amazon, and I couldn’t wait to share my love of the spring season and my hobby of gardening with both my nieces.
While there were so many gorgeous books to choose from, these four books were my top picks and range from ages 2-7.
My First Garden: For Little Gardners Who Want to Grow
This beautifully illustrated guide is the perfect gardening book for kids who want to plant fruit and vegetables, create mini-farms from plants, and go on wildflower missions.
Dive into this children’s guide to growing plants, from vegetables to wildflowers, for little gardeners with green fingers. With clear step-by-step instructions on how to get seeds, plant them, and help them grow, this book will help kids to get started with their very first gardening projects.
Children aged 5-7 will love getting stuck into gardening projects with My First Garden! Passionate gardener Livi Gosling advises creating places for plants to live in your home, scavenging from the recycling to create a vegetable kingdom, and adding a splash of color to grey city streets with your own wildflower seed mix.
Hello, World! It’s Garden Time
Learn from home and explore the world with these fun and easy board books!
This cheerful and informative Hello, World! board book teaches toddlers all about gardens—with easy-to-understand facts about how plants grow and how gardening puts food on our tables.
Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms (“Roots spread into the soil below, and then a shoot pushes up out of the earth”) and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each sturdy page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. It’s a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops.
When Spring Comes: An Easter and Springtime Book for Kids
Watch the world transform when spring comes! In a starred review, School Library Journal called this delightful picture book “A must-have, joyful seasonal title for the youngest listeners.”
In this beautiful book for young children, Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes uses striking imagery, repetition, and alliteration to introduce basic concepts of language and the changing of the seasons. And acclaimed artist Laura Dronzek’s gorgeous, lush paintings show the transformation from quiet, cold winter to a newborn spring.
Before spring comes, the trees are dark sticks, the grass is brown, and the ground is covered in snow. But if you wait, leaves unfurl and flowers blossom, the grass turns green, and the mounds of snow shrink and shrink. Spring brings baby birds, sprouting seeds, rain and mud, and puddles. You can feel it and smell it and hear it—and you can read it!
In a starred review, The Horn Book said, “This joyful reflection is as welcome as spotting the first brave crocus.”
In the Middle of Fall, Winter Is Here, When Spring Comes, and Summer Song makes for a beautiful quartet of seasonal-theme picture books to share at home or in the classroom. Ideal for introducing the season, for story time, and for bedtime reading.
The Honey Bee
Kristen Hall & Isabelle Arsenault
Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this timely, clever, and breathtakingly gorgeous picture book from critically acclaimed author Kirsten Hall and award-winning illustrator Isabelle Arsenault.
Do you hear it?
You’re near it.
With zooming, vibrant verse by Kirsten Hall and buzzy, beautiful illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, this celebration of the critically important honeybee is a honey-sweet treasure of a picture book.
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