Got spring fever? I know I do … I’ve had it for weeks! Here are a few of my favorite children’s books about spring and growing things:
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Crockett Johnson. Nobody believes the carrot seed will grow except the little boy who plants it …
The Little Red Hen: There are many versions of this classic story, and kids still love it.
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert: a father and child grow vegetables together and then make soup in this beautifully illustrated, simple book. Also available as a board book.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett: In this classic book, the blooming garden is a metaphor for the reawakening of the spirit and the ability to take joy in life. Note: this is an old book and its attitudes toward the physically disabled and the colonial subjects of its English protagonists may seem patronizing, at the least, to some current readers.
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischmann: This one’s for older kids. People of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds transform a trash-filled lot into an inner-city garden, and the project changes them too in this beautiful set of connected stories.