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Celebrating Life and Cultivating a Love for Nature in “Bloom” and “We Are the Gardeners”

Nature and gardening in picturebooks.

Fats here.

In this post, I’m sharing two picture books that relate to gardening. One shows the bond between mother and daughter, while the other shows a family united by their love for plants. Know someone who likes plants? Recommend these titles to them!

Bloom
by Deborah Diesen and Mary Lundquist
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux (2017)
ISBN-13: 9780374302504

Dig holes in the autumn soil
Drop the bulbs in one by one.
Cover them with dirt.
Come spring, the bulbs will flower!

Bloom tells the sweet story of a mother and her daughter who reminisced about the time they planted flower bulbs together. They recounted the steps they did when they dropped the bulbs in the ground. They wondered about how something so small could bloom into something big and tall. Months passed and so many things had happened in their lives: holidays, vacation, and birthdays! They checked the garden they planted and were very happy seeing what had grown!

We Are the Gardeners
by Joanna Gaines, her kids, and Julianna Swaney
Published by Tommy Nelson (2019)
ISBN-13: 9781400314225

Our journey as gardeners started with one small potted plant, but things did not go as planned. Turns out, trying something new isn’t always easy, but sometimes, it’s the hardest work that leads to the greatest reward.

If you enjoy watching shows on HGTV and are an avid follower of Fixer Upper, then you would be familiar with Joanna Gaines, who is one half of the couple who hosts the show. We Are the Gardeners is her first children’s books. Told in the perspective of Joanna’s kids, We Are the Gardeners tells the story of how the Gaines children developed a love for gardening.

Their gardening story began with a small potted fern that their Dad got at a hardware store. The kids got so excited that they took turns watering the plant. Alas, the fern died because of overhydration. This prompted the kids to borrow gardening books from the library and learned a great deal about taking care of plants. The kids were given a fresh fern and when it lived and thrived, the kids were given another potted plant to keep Fern #2 company. They bought more potted plants until it was time for outdoor gardening. They learned to plan and take care of bigger plots of soil. Eventually, they were able to gather the fruits of their labor.

We Are the Gardners is a lovely gift for someone who enjoys gardening. I like the book’s emphasis on starting small and growing from there. I like how they described gardening as a learning experience and that everyone can be gardeners – even kids like them!

A snapshot of my friend’s garden, taken last month.

Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

1 comment on “Celebrating Life and Cultivating a Love for Nature in “Bloom” and “We Are the Gardeners”

  1. Pingback: [Monday Reading] Gardening Books for Young Readers – Gathering Books

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