As I did research for my next children's book about gardening, a came across a variety of wonderful children's books, in several different genres, to inspire the next generation of gardeners.
NONFICTION: In the DK book Let's get gardening, children learn about a variety of garden facts and projects: sustainability, conservation, growing fruits and vegetables, planting a bee -friendly garden, and simple hands-on projects. DK is one of the leaders in illustrated reference books with highly visual photographic images.
INFORMATIONAL FICTION: Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, by Kate Messner, is part of a wonderful series of informational fiction books about nature. These books offer the best of both worlds with its combination of lyrical text, striking illustrations, factual information, and story about a little girl gardening with her Nana.
FICTION: The Secret Garden, while a treasured classic, is filled with lovely descriptions of a garden that has been hidden for decades. Children will love the mystery and magic of the garden as well as the story of the children who found it.
BIOGRAPHY: Lady Bird Johnson became first lady when her husband Lyndon Johnson became president of the United States in the 1960's. She used her position and her passion for nature to start a wildflower planting campaign to beautify the highways and clean up America. Children will love the vibrant illustrations and warm story of one woman and the impact that she made upon history.