Fats here.

It’s Monday, What are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.

Garden update from my friend: the succulents are blooming! This is not a drill! The succulents are blooming! I am happy for her and how her soil has blossomed into something beautiful since she moved to Ohio five years ago. Because I could not, for the life of me, keep plants alive, I’m just going to share garden-themed picture books to make up for that. *wink*

Isabella’s Garden

Written by Glenda Millard
Illustrated by Rebecca Cool
Published by Candlewick Press (2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0763660161

In Isabella’s Garden, readers will find all sorts of amazing things. From the soil, all dark and deep, to the clouds that cry the rain. One cannot miss the flowers that waltz with the wind or the leaves that turn crimson and gold. Millard writes Isabella’s Garden in the tradition of the beloved nursery rhyme, The House That Jack Built. It’s a wondrous spin on a classic story filled with beautiful images of nature.

Buy Isabella’s Garden on Amazon | Book Depository

A Year in Our New Garden

Written and illustrated by Gerda Muller
Published by Floris Books (2016)
First published in German in 1988
ISBN-13: 978-1782502593

A Year in Our New Garden is one of several nature-themed picture books by German children’s writer, Gerda Muller. I found this book along with Isabella’s Garden when I worked this past weekend. Although both books managed to come full circle, A Year in Our New Garden is much more detailed in text and illustrations. The story focuses on two siblings, Anna and Benjamin, and how they spent a year learning about gardening when the moved into their new home in the middle of a busy town. From planting to nurturing to harvesting, this book is a treat for gardeners of all ages.

Buy A Year in Our New Garden on Amazon | Book Depository

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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).

4 comments on “[Monday Reading] Gardening Books for Young Readers

  1. I adore the cover of Isabella’s Garden. As a person who loves to garden, I will be looking for both of these books! Alas, neither are available in my library system!

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  2. lindabaie

    Both are new to me, Fats, will see if I can find them.

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  3. Oh I’m going to have to find A Year in Our New Garden to share with my children. Thanks so much for sharing these titles, Fats! #superlatecomment

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