I'm almost afraid I'll jinx us by putting this in writing, but spring seems to have finally arrived in Arlington Heights. As soon as the thermometer hit the 70 degree mark for the first time, my thoughts turned to gardening. Our library has many books to get your family of gardeners started outside, no matter what shade of green your thumb may be.
Rocks, Dirt, Worms & Weeds
by Jeff Hutton is a fun-filled guide to creating vegetable and flower gardens with your kids. From starting seeds indoors to creating gardens that attract birds and butterflies, this book has everything you need (except a shovel) to spend the summer digging in the dirt with your kids.
Teeny Tiny Gardening
by Emma Hardy is gardening on the smallest of scales. This book is filled with ideas for planting in anything from empty eggshells to salvaged containers. Some of my favorite ideas include planting vegetables in an old colander or having your kids create a fairy or dinosaur garden. This book is beautifully illustrated with clearly numbered steps that make the most challenging projects doable.
The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids
by Whitney Cohen and John Fisher encourages getting your children outside and involved in all aspects of gardening, from design to harvest. From planting pizza or salsa beds to making sure to incorporate fun family features into your yard, this book if filled with projects to get your kids to stop watching TV and start watching the garden.
So grab one of our many wonderful gardening books and a shovel because it's time to garden!