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It's officially spring and we're ready to welcome some slightly warmer weather even if it means rain! If you're a gardener, appreciate someone else's, or are even just thinking about reading outside (because that counts, too!), some of our librarians have some garden-related reads ready for you. While you're at it, swing by our newly launched Seed Library so you can grow something of your own!

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Super Simple Indoor Gardens : a Kid's Guide to Gardening (2015)

by Alex Kuskowski

The Super Simple Gardening series by Alex Kuskowski features kid-friendly projects to create an array of indoor or outdoor gardens.  In the Fairy Garden book, easy-to-read instructions, a basic gardening materials and tools list, as well as suggestions for creative accessories to decorate this fantasy garden are included.  Other books in the series are Butterfly Gardens, Hanging Gardens, Kitchen Gardens, and more. – Vicki Heller, Collection Development Librarian

Goodnight, Veggies (2020)

by Diana Murray

As the sun sets on a community garden, the growing veggies are tired. The garden's token Earthworm is our narrator. As he makes his way to bed, he says good night to the celery, the radishes, and the rest of the veggies, who are tired from growing. A picture book bedtime story for ages 3-6, perfect for gardening fans. – Gretchen Schulz, Tween Librarian

Outdoor Science Lab for Kids : 52 Family-friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and Park (2016)

by Liz Lee Heinecke

As part of the popular series Lab For Kids, here we have 52 fun science projects families can do outside, broken down into 12 Units. Units include "Glorious Gardening" and "Bountiful Botany." The projects are suited for young kids through middle schoolers, and include explanations of the science behind the project as well as new vocabulary and ideas the kids are exploring. A fun book for outdoor family science projects in Spring and Summer! – Gretchen Schulz, Tween Librarian

Thank You, Garden (2020)

by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon

This picture book for toddlers and early readers details the way a community garden comes together with the help of the people in the neighborhood. Much gratitude is shown to the garden that has many wonderful qualities and opportunities that bring folks together. When harvested, the garden nourishes the community with fresh fruits and vegetables. A lovely story about gardens!  – Gretchen Schulz, Tween Librarian

What Grew in Larry's Garden (2020)

by Laura Alary

Grace is Larry's neighbor. They live in a city flush with greenery, and Grace loves to help Larry tend his garden. Together they solve problems the garden has, like building a small fence to keep squirrels away. Larry sees huge potential in tomato seedlings, and knows how much life and color these seedlings can bring to others. He teaches Grace about these moments, and their hearts warm. A great picture book for K-3rd graders! – Gretchen Schulz, Tween Librarian

The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth : Understanding Our World and Its Ecosystems (2018)

by Rachel Ignotofsky

Take an illustrated tour of our planet's many ecosystems large and small ranging from rain forests to backyard gardens, and learn how animals and plants grow and thrive in different environments. This would be a great foundation book for 6-8th graders who are interested in understanding how a garden's ecosystem functions before growing their own. – Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian

The Biggest Little Farm (2019)

by Artemis Rising Foundation

Follow a couple’s journey as they work together to grow a sustainable farm on an abandoned, desolate 200-acre farm outside of Los Angeles. This documentary shows the persistence and resilience of Molly and John as they struggle to overcome the many obstacles that mother nature has in store for them. –Dina Ragano, Fiction, Movies & Music Department Coordinator

One Little Lot : the 1-2-3s of an Urban Garden (2020)

by Diane C Mullen

This counting book about a creating a community garden features a diverse group working together to make a difference. The book starts off with an abandoned lot and takes us through the steps to transform it into an Urban garden that the whole community can benefit from, all while counting to ten. The end has notes about the inspiration for the book and tips on how to make your own garden bee friendly. — Gail Tobin, Hanover Park Branch Manager


The Language of Flowers (2011)

by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

By the time she turns 18, Victoria Jones lives in 32 foster homes. Throughout that time she deals with feelings of abandonment and low self-esteem until one of her foster mothers teaches her the Victorian language of flowers used to convey emotions, giving Victoria a way to communicate her feelings of mistrust and solitude that she carries with her after she is released from the system and lands a job in a flower shop. Not only is this an inspiring story of survival, love, and strength, but it also gives fascinating insight into how this Victorian custom continues to influence both planting and buying flowers today. — Emily Vinci, Fiction Manager


Plant, Cook, Eat! : a Children's Cookbook (2018)

by Joe Archer

Are you interested in farm-to-table? This book presents a nice combination of accessible plant science and gardening how-tos followed up with recipes for your harvest. Adult assistance would most likely be needed for the projects and recipes, so this would be a great book to inspire budding gardeners and cooks as well as make for a fun family project. — Gail Tobin, Hanover Park Branch Manager


Garden Wisdom & Know-how : Everything You Need to Know to Plant, Grow, and Harvest (2018)

by Rodale

A comprehensive, yet very readable compendium of must have information in a charmingly illustrated package. Suitable for experts and novice gardeners alike. — Magan Szwarek, Reference Services Director


Spirit of Place : the Making of a New England Garden (2020)

by Bill Noble

Lifelong gardener Noble profiles his own New England garden, while explaining in vivid language the regional history and traditions that shaped it. — Magan Szwarek, Reference Services Director