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Explora the Flora

Prepared by Ginny Aho and Erin Mendez, Surrey Libraries

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* NNELS and CELA provide access to audiobooks for people with perceptual or print disabilities.


Ages 3-5

The Tiny Seed
by Eric Carle
A simple description of a flowering plant’s life cycle through the seasons
Planting a Rainbow
by Louise Ehlert
A mother and child plant a rainbow of flowers in the family garden.
Tap the Magic Tree
by Christie Matheson
Invites the reader to tap, rub, touch, and wiggle illustrations to make an apple tree bloom, produce fruit, and lose its leaves.
Picture a Tree
by Barbara Reid
From bare branches tracing the sky to an explosion of colour, a place for adventure or a friend to shelter us from the sun – a tree can be so many things.
The Curious Garden
by Peter Brown
Liam discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads color throughout the gray city.
The Carrot Seed
by Ruth Krauss
When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won’t grow. But when you are very young, there are some things that you just know, and the little boy knows that one day a carrot will come up. So he waters his seed, and pulls the weeds, and he waits…
Sophie’s Squash
by Pat Zietlow Miller
Sophie chooses a squash at the farmers’ market, but instead of letting her mom cook it, she names it Bernice. Sophie brings Bernice everywhere, despite her parents’ warnings that Bernice will begin to rot. As winter nears, Sophie does start to notice changes…. What’s a girl to do when the squash she loves is in trouble?
If You Plant a Seed
by Kadir Nelson
While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.

Ages 6-8

A Seed is Sleepy
by Dianna Hutts Aston
Poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to a fascinating array of seed and plant facts.
To Be Like the Sun
by Susan Marie Swanson
A child reflects on how a small, striped gray seed eventually becomes a strong, beautiful sunflower.
From Seed to Plant
by Gail Gibbons
Explores the intricate relationship between seeds and the plants which they produce.
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
by Candace Fleming
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After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.

Ages 9-12

Project Garden
by Stacy Tornio
In this beautiful, project-by-project guide, mom and master gardener Stacy Tornio will inspire gardeners young and old to explore, innovate, and cultivate through simple projects that will get a garden growing at any time of year.
Wangari Maathai: The woman who planted millions of trees
by Franck Prévot
Wangari Maathai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her efforts to lead women in a nonviolent struggle to bring peace and democracy to Africa through its reforestation. Her organization planted over thirty million trees in thirty years. This beautiful picture book tells the story of an amazing woman and an inspiring idea
Dappled Annie and the Tigrish
by Mary McCallum
In this adventure with a young girl Annie in New Zealand, hedges are magical and have the ability to walk. When an earthquake strikes, these hedges, home to birds and nests, help Annie when a nest goes missing.
The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

Tom’s Midnight Garden
by Philippa Pearce
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When Tom hears the grandfather clock strike 13, he is not prepared for what is going to happen. Outside the back door is a garden, which everyone tells him doesn’t exist. But the magical place in which Tom finds himself is certainly a garden – his midnight garden.