Dig into Reading – a look at some more primary titles.

It’s all about the garden today as we turn our attention back to the primary book list.

First up is a book version of David Mallett’s hugely popular Garden Song – “Inch by Inch, Row by Row, Gonna Make this Garden Grow!”

Join a young boy as he overcomes obstacles such as rocks, weeds and a “hungry old crow” in his quest to grow a beautiful garden. A wonderful story to sing along to. Check out this great clip of John Denver performing the song on the Muppet Show. One of my favorite versions 🙂

Next up is a colorful and easy to read title all about seeds – Mary Wade’s Seeds Sprout!.

Find out the answers to all of your seed questions – what is in a seed? how do seeds travel? – there’s even instructions for an experiment to see if soaking helps seeds to sprout faster. A great guide for all those budding gardeners.

Mary Azarian’s A Gardener’s Alphabet  is a beautifully illustrated book which celebrates the simple joys of gardening.

Striking woodcut illustrations capture the essence of turning a bare plot of land into a garden full of flowers, vegetables and trees. A wonderful title for sharing with the whole family.

We hope this list inspires you to spend some time, not only reading about gardening, but also to get outside and enjoy your own garden or some of the gorgeous public gardens in our area. Glen Burnie Gardens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and the State Arboretum of Virginia  are two wonderful gardens to visit over the summer.

Happy growing and happy reading!


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