Whenever we're preparing for a camping trip, upcoming holiday, or a new season, we always try to fire up our little guy's imagination and enthusiasm by adding some appropriately themed books into his personal library. With that in mind, here's a roundup of outdoor/gardening themed titles we're currently reading.
• Insect Detective by Steve Voake. A guidebook to bugs and insects with fantastic watercolor and ink illustrations, including a handy section in back full of practical experiments you can do in your own backyard.
• The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen. A child and her grandfather paint an imaginary garden through its various stages of growth, turning a drawn world into one that feels magically real.
• The Curious Garden by Peter Brown. With a wink to guerrilla gardening, and plain downright gorgeous illustrations, Curious Garden tells the story of a small garden that slowly spreads to transform a gray city into a lush, green landscape.
• Quiet in the Garden by Aliki. A book focused on the message of stillness, and the power of observation, not to mention great watercolor, crayon, and ink illustrations of snails, compost heaps, and squirrels.
• Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. In this classic children's story the author's great aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful, which she accomplishes by spreading lupine seeds wherever she walks.
What are you and your kids reading to get you in the mood for Spring?
-Re-edited from a post originally published May 18, 2010 - CM