To celebrate the return of the farmers’ markets to Somerville (massfarmersmarkets.org) and give a shout out to the great services offered by the Somerville Garden Club (www.somervillegardenclub.org) and the Somerville Community Growing Center (www.thegrowingcenter.org), and to cheer on every seedling growing in the backyards, community gardens, and window boxes throughout the city, a list of books to share with children about the trials, tribulations and sheer joys of gardening.
It will come up!
Ayres, Katherine. Up, Down, and Around. Candlewick Press, 2007.
Bunting, Eve. Flower Garden. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1994.
Cherry, Lynne. How Groundhog’s Garden Grew. Blue Sky Press, 2003.
Ehlert, Lois. Growing Vegetable Soup. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987.
Ehlert, Lois. Planting a Rainbow. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988.
Fleming, Candace. Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Antheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002.
Holub, Joan. The Garden That We Grew. Viking, 2001.
Krauss, Ruth. The Carrot Seed. HarperFestival, 1973.
Pak, Soyung. A Place to Grow. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2002.
Segal, John. Carrot Soup. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2006.
Stewart, Sarah. The Gardener. Farrar Straus Giroux, 1997.
Books in Spanish or Spanish/English
Argueta, Jorge. Xochitl and the Flowers = Xochitl, la Nina de las Flores. Children’s Book Press, 2003.
Emberley, Rebecca. My Garden – Mi Jardin. Little, Brown, and Company, 2005.
Royston, Angela. Tierra: Miremos un Jardin. Heinemann Library, 2006.Nonfiction
Azarian, Mary. A Gardener’s Alphabet. Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
Bull, Jane. The Gardening Book. DK Pub., 2003.
Cole, Henry. Jack’s Garden. Greenwillow Books, 1995.
Eclare, Melanie. A Harvest of Color: Growing a Vegetable Garden. Ragged Bears, 2002.
Ehlert, Lois. Waiting for Wings. Harcourt, 2001.
Huff, Barbara A. Greening the City Streets: The Story of Community Gardens. Clarion Books, 1990.
Krezel, Cindy. Kids’ Container Gardening: Year-Round Projects for Inside and Out. Ball Pub., 2005.
Lerner, Carol. Butterflies in the Garden. HarperCollins, 2002.
Lerner, Carol. My Backyard Garden. Morrow Junior Books, 1998.
Otten, Jack. Watch Me Plant a Garden. Children’s Press, 2002.
Shannon, George. Busy in the Garden. Greenwillow Books, 2006.
Talmage, Ellen. Container Gardening for Kids. Sterling Pub. Co., 1996.