April Showers . . . Shan's Books for Spring!

Every year around this time, I break out the books on gardens and flowers to share with my kids at the library (and at home!). Here’s my current list of old favorites and new discoveries. 

 Note: check the used prices. Many of these books can be had for pennies. 

bookcover of Planting a Rainbow  by Lois Ehlert
Planting a Rainbow
by Lois Ehlert

I return to this colorful picture book year after year for Spring. Perfect for toddlers through kindergarten age, this book describes planting a flower garden and watching it grow. It runs through the rainbow of various flowers, along with the flower names for older audiences. For a colorful look at spring and summer and a great display of gardening, this is my favorite.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 124
Accelerated Reading level:  2.6 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 51031
Lexile: 170L
-- amazon (lap-sized board book)
-- sample pages available

bookcover of Fran’s Flower by Lisa Bruce
Fran’s Flower
by Lisa Bruce 
Rosalind Beardshaw, illustrator

A simple book for the preschool audience about how the main character Fran finds a plant and tries to care for it by trying to feed it her favorite foods (pizza, ice cream, etc). It’s only when she puts it outside in the sun, wind and rain that the flower blooms. The book is simplistic, but enjoyable for a young audience. (and there’s lots of alliteration).

Word Count: 192
Accelerated Reading level:  1.7 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 41003
Lexile: AD150L
-- sample pages available

bookcover of The Rose in My Garden  by Arnold Lobel
The Rose in My Garden
by Arnold Lobel
Illustrated by Anita Lobel

A cumulative story that adds more and more flowers to a garden as the beautifully drawn pages turn. A delightful “walk” through a flower garden. Ages 4-6.

Word Count: 814
Accelerated Reading level:4.9 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 100778
Lexile: NP

bookcover of The Curious Gardener  by Peter Brown
The Curious Gardener
by Peter Brown

I got this for my son, since the main character’s name is Liam, but it’s a wonderful little book about gardens and cities for any child. Liam discovers a stubborn patch of wildflowers in an unexpected part of his dreary city and becomes a gardener who helps spread that greenery throughout the city. A great book about gardens, and a good read for earth day! Ages 4-8.

Word Count: 559
Accelerated Reading level:  4.4 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 129632
Lexile: AD840L
-- sample pages available

bookcover of The Carrot Seed  by Ruth Krauss
The Carrot Seed
by Ruth Krauss  
Crockett Johnson, illustrator

This little classic shares and illustrator with Harold and The Purple Crayon, and has a similar simplicity. Pages are almost zen-like and fits the story of a boy who plants a carrot seed and waits for it to come up patiently. Everyone tells him it won’t grow, but the boy’s patience is rewarded ten-fold at the end of the story. Ages 4-8.

Word Count: 101
Accelerated Reading level:  1.9 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 29233
Lexile: AD230L
-- sample pages available

La Semilla de Zanahoria
the Spanish edition

bookcover of My Garden by Kevin Henkes
My Garden
by Kevin Henkes

This garden is more one of imagination than reality, as we take a tour through what one girl would do if she could design a garden her way. Marvelous and whimsical with classic Henkes illustrations. While this might not work to present the more realistic side of gardening, it fits with the theme. Ages 6-8.

Word Count: 282
Accelerated Reading level: