Gardening With Children

With the increasing popularity of gardening, let’s look at a classic book:  Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy. roots-shoots

This book has been a family favorite. Lovejoy’s creativity and obvious joy in her subject make it a unique treasure among gardening books. So much more than a simple how-to plant a garden, children learn to experience the garden with all their senses. Their interest is engaged in complex and multi-layered ways. Hollyhocks aren’t just tall plants with pretty flowers; they are forts or hideouts, dolls and even snacks.

Not only is this book filled with accurate and fun information about gardening, but also the creatures you find there. For example, under “Harvest Treats for the Birds & Bees” on page 36, Sharon Lovejoy gives instructions for a simple “Stalk Hotel” as a place for pollinating insects to nest. This is a wonderful way to re-purpose a part of the garden that might otherwise be tossed away (more on small carpenter bees.) As an entomologist who has led bug walks for kids, I love her “Explorer’s Kit” on page 137.

I could go on and on at all the wonderful things in this book. If you haven’t already seen it, I highly recommend you take a look at it. There’s something in it for everyone to love.

Related Activities:

Kitchen scrap gardening – look in the left column for links to activities.

Theme gardens

Theme garden books

Germination test to do with children

More germination experiments

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (May 1, 1999)
ISBN-10: 0761110569
ISBN-13: 978-0761110569

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Nonfiction Monday is a blogging celebration of nonfiction books for kids. For more information, stop by Picture Book of the Day which is hosting today’s carnival.


6 Replies to “Gardening With Children”

  1. What can I say?? I was so tickled to see my book cover pop up on your wonderful blog, but then to also read such a wonderful review. It reminds me WHY I spend so many hours alone in my studio working on books.

    Thanks so much and I love your blog. It is brim full of useful, fun, and creative ideas.

    Thank you for what you do.

    All best,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  2. What an incredibly pleasant surprise to hear from you. I really appreciate your kind words about my blog.

    I see you have a new book, Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars. Looks like hours of fun for the family. Congratulations!

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