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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Smell of Dirt: 5 Picture Books About Gardening & Nature

Though we're still having some cold days here in Michigan, green is suddenly everywhere and flowers are starting to bloom. Farmer's Market has started, which means vegetables like asparagus and radishes are available right from the ground. Celebrate the turn of the season with 5 picture books that highlight the magic of gardens and nature!

Green Green
Marie Lamba / Baldev Lamba & Sonia Sanchez

When concrete and steel begin to clutter the landscape, a community comes together to plant a garden everyone can enjoy. An important reminder that nature and community can flourish with a bit of care.

The Forever Garden
Laurel Snyder / Samantha Cotterill

Snyder and Cotterill introduce readers to a young girl who loves her neighbor Honey and her garden. When Honey must move away, young Laurel learns that friendship is a lot like a garden.

Diana's White House Garden
Elisa Carbone / Jen Hill

Based on a true story, Carbone and Hill tell the story of a young girl named Diane Hopkins, who, with Eleanor Roosevelt, planted the White House victory garden in 1943!

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
Kate Messner / Christopher Silas Neal

The ecosystem is a wondrous thing, as readers will discover as they explore this picture book from Messner and Neal. Taking readers both above and below the ground, both the plants and animals that are essential to a balanced environment are included here.

Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book
Britta Teckentrup

Teckentrup's picture books are beautifully designed, interactive pieces of art. This newest book, Bee, features die-cuts that allows readers to follow a bee as it pollinates flowers and buzzes around colorful meadows. The inside of a bee hive is also explored. This book begs to be read again and again.


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