Favorite Children’s Garden Books

Gus loves to read books. Since it is summertime, we are reading books about gardening and the farmer’s market. I picked out A Gardener’s Alphabet, by Mary Azarian, which teaches the ABC’s by using a gardening related word for each letter in the alphabet. The drawings on the pages are colorful and charming.  Another fun book is Planting the Wild Garden, written by Kathryn O. Galbraith and illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin. The book is a story about a farmer and her son planting their garden and how nature “plants” the wild meadow garden they play in. It focuses on the role nature plays by blowing seeds in the wind, birds dispersing seeds, and how wildlife helps in planting nature’s garden.

One of our favorites is Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert. This book is about flowers growing and blooming in many different colors. This summer, many of the flowers in the book were growing in our garden.

One of my favorite Pacific Northwest authors, Nikki McClure, just came out with a book called To Market, To Market.  It is a story about a young boy and his mother shopping at their local farmer’s market. It details the items they buy such as kale, apples, smoked salmon, honey, and blueberry turnovers. The book shares each vendor’s story about growing and raising their products. It is a very sweet depiction of a farmer’s market experience accompanied by the author’s wonderful artistic style.

Chalk Board in the Garden

This spring, TJ remodeled a portion of the house that faces the garden. This small corner of our house needed to be re-sided following a construction project but, instead, TJ hung up some (modified) plywood and painted it with chalk board paint to create a fun play space in the garden.  He built a wood platform to stand on and cover the window well below for safety.

The chalk board is a great place to play when family and friends come to visit. I typically put a pacifier in Gus’ mouth so he doesn’t eat the chalk.