The sun is shining and spring has finally arrived. It's also the perfect time of the year to introduce children to the joys of gardening and what better way than with a few book recommendations from our green-fingered staff in the Children's Library.
The Beautiful Bee Book by Sue Unstead
This book takes you on a journey into the amazing world of bees. Every page is filled with facts allowing you to explore everything from who’s who in the hive to what bees eat and why they dance. Each page is colourful, clear and interactive. Lift the flap to see inside a bee’s nest and turn the wheel to see the life cycle of a bee.
Did you know a worker bee makes about half a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime? Find out more fascinating facts in this brilliant book about very useful, precious and beautiful bees!
Grow It Yourself! Grow Your Own Soup by John Malam
This is a great introduction to producing your own food. It follows the process of sowing pumpkin seeds and nurturing them from small plants to growing them on to large pumpkins.
There is then a simple recipe on how to make your own tasty pumpkin soup. It explains how you can also roast the scooped out pumpkin seeds to make a healthy snack.
There is a useful glossary which explains some gardening terms and some recommended titles and related websites to explore. There are other interesting books in the series including Grow Your Own Smoothie and Grow Your Own Butterfly Farm.
Time to get sowing!
Seed to Sunflower/Sunflower to Seed by Camila de la Bédoyère
This book is very informative, explaining how sunflowers grow from seeds that are no bigger than your fingernail but go on to develop into very tall flowers that turns to face the sun.
It explains how the flowers make use of bees and butterflies in their process of making new seeds. Some farmers grow sunflowers especially to sell the seeds as food for pets and people.
If you have ever wanted to know more about the flower that Vincent Van Gough made famous then this is the book for you!