Episode 108: Books About Gardens

August 8, 2023

In episode 108 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Books About Gardens

How has it taken this long? Megan and Allison dive into an epic list of books about gardens for kids, one of their favourite subjects. Plus, Allison has an easy promo tip for school visits, and Megan is talking verse novels – and a new favourite in particular.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Bidhi Galing’ by Anita Heiss. Illustrated by Samantha Campbell 

‘Sunshine on Vinegar Street’ by Karen Comer 

Storytime Australia Magazine 

‘Hamlet is Not OK’ by R. A. Spratt

‘One Wrong Turn’ by Chenee Marrapodi


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Books about gardens (for kids)

‘Yucky Worms’ by Vivian French. Illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg

‘A Patch from Scratch’ by Megan Forward 

‘Emily Green’s Garden’ by Penny Harrison. Illustrated by Megan Forward 

‘Florette’ by Anna Walker

Milly and the Mulberry Tree’ by Vikki Conley. Illustrated by Deb Hudson

‘The Potato People’ by Pamela Allen

‘We Are the Gardeners’ by Joanna Gaines, Julianna Swaney 

‘The Gift’ by Michael Speechley 

‘Sylvia’ by Christine Sharp

‘The Gardener’ by Sarah Stewart. Illustrated by David Small 

‘Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt’ by Kate Messner. Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal 

‘The Garden at the End of the World’ by Cassy Polimeni. Illustrated by Briony Stewart 

‘The Curious Garden’ by Peter Brown 

‘The Garden we Share’ by Zoe Tucker. Illustrated by Julianna Swaney

‘Isabella’s Garden’ by Glenda Millard. Illustrated by Rebecca Cool

‘Mrs Millie’s Painting’ by Matt Ottley 

‘The Concrete Garden’ by Bob Graham

‘Introducing D’Lila LaRue’ by Nette Hilton. Illustrated by A. Yi 

‘What Zola Did’ series by Melina Marchetta

‘Lulu Bell and the Magical Garden’ by Belinda Murrell 

‘Grow Your Soil!’ Harness the Power of Microbes to Create Your Best Garden Ever’ by Diane Miessler 

‘Let’s Eat Weeds! A kids’ guide to foraging’ by Annie Raser-Rowland, Adam Grubb and Evie Barrow

‘My First Garden: For Little Gardeners Who Want to Grow’ by Livi Gosling 

‘Growing Green’ by Daniela Sosa

‘Puffin Little Environmentalist: Gardening’ by Penguin 

‘It’s Our Garden’ by George Ancona 

‘Backyard Self Sufficiency’ by Jackie French 

‘Jackie French’s Guide to Companion Planting’ by Jackie French 

‘New Plants from Old’ by Jackie French 

‘The Wilderness Garden’ by Jackie French

‘P is For Permaculture’ by Sharon Baldwin and Tia Madden

‘Let’s build a Backyard’ by Mike Lucas and Daron Parton

‘Demolition’ by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock 

Gardening Extras Megan Rather Loves 

Seed Bombs 

Bee Seed Bombs are balls of organic matter impregnated with flower seeds that will blossom into beautiful flowers and feed our little friends, the bees. Simply toss anywhere that needs a splash of colour and watch them bloom.

Mushroom Kits 

Great for the home or classroom.

Sow ‘n Sow seed cards

Billy Buttons, Marigolds, the wildflower mix and the natives mix are my favourites.  

Urban Composter

Great for the home or classroom. Promise it doesn’t smell!

Quick tips

Poetry and Verse Novels for Readers 2-12 

 “Nothing enriches a child’s understanding of how language works more than poetry. Reading it teaches children to think outside the square, to see things from unexpected angles. In our modern world, this skill is becoming essential. Don’t think of poetry as an optional extra: think of it as an weapon in your children’s arsenal for life.” Natalie Jane Prior in ‘Raising Readers’, Chapter 8.


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