It's Time to Start Gardening!

Each month through the summer, we can go a little bit food and gardening crazy on the Keyword: Kids blog. I’ll share cool food-related books, give tasty recipes and updates from my backyard garden; and let you in on great events around the metro that young foodies will love!

I’m in a gardening state of mind, and from the great questions I get at the beautiful Plaza Library, so are lots of Kansas City kids! Here in Kansas City it is just now time to start getting our gardens’ sleepy soil ready to welcome seeds and new baby plants. How about we get a little inspiration from some books about other peoples’ gardens?

For toddlers and preschoolers, Flower Garden by Eve Bunting is a great choice. A girl and her dad create a lovely, living birthday surprise for her mother when they create a flower-filled window box. Colorful, realistic illustrations give plenty to discover and discuss long after the story is told. This book proves that it does not matter how big your garden is as long as you sow it with lots of love!

Kids in kindergarten through third grade will enjoy The Curious Garden, a story of green dreams come true by Peter Brown. Liam finds his grey city to be dull & dreary until he discovers a garden struggling to bloom. Liam’s effort to turn a little corner of his world into a garden wonderland has results that he never could have expected! This story shows how the hard work and dedication of one person can be contagious in a good way!

First Garden: The White House Garden and How It Grew written and illustrated by Robbin Gourley will reveal to older kids a little-known history of gardening in one of our country’s most famous backyards. Included alongside the whimsical watercolor pictures are quotes from famous gardeners, interesting facts, and easy recipes inspired by White House garden produce.

While we wait for the seeds we have just planted to awaken, enjoy these fine reads about gardens and dream about you’ll plant in your own bit of earth. Just think, with inspiration from great books like these, in a few short months, you might be eating fantastic foods that you’ve grown with your own two hands! These aren’t the only great books we have on gardening, of course, ask your favorite librarian for help finding some more at your local library branch! Next month, I’ll tell you about some wonderful books I found on the most important part of a garden: the plants. Until then, see you at the Library!

by Melissa Horak-Hern, Plaza Kid Corner Associate