April is “National Garden Month” in addition to be National Poetry Month. Finding poetry for children on the topic of gardens is one way to celebrate the outdoors and help kids re-connect with the earth, plants, and growing things. And of course sharing garden poetry provides an invitation to children to DO some planting. Here are a handful of poetry books on the topic of gardens and gardening.
The list begins:
Bosselaar, Laure-Anne. 2000. Urban Nature: Poems about the Wildlife in the City. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed.
Bruchac, Joseph. 1995. The Earth Under Sky Bear's Feet: Native American Poems of the Land. New York: Philomel.
Harrison, David L. 2000. Farmer’s Garden: Rhymes for Two Voices. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills.
Havill, Juanita. 2006. I Heard it from Alice Zucchini: Poems about the Garden. San Francisco: Chronicle.
Hubbell, Patricia. 2001. Black Earth, Gold Sun: Poems. New York: Marshall Cavendish.
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