So I stopped doing the LOTW with Itty Bitty for school because she started getting really bored with it. What she does love is to read books. I took our Flowering Baby Curriculum for ages 3-4 and pulled the book lists. In March, two of the topics were Farming & Gardening and we discovered a few gems at our library.


First was Eating the Alphabet by Lois Elhert. It really is a simple book. It has large letters of the alphabet with varying numbers of bright & simple fruits & their names. It has a similar feel to Eric Carle illustrations and for whatever reason, they loved it. I’ve never heard two children so excited to read about vegetables. They literally screamed anything they recognized. Needless to say, we bought a copy.


We also bought a copy of The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. His books really are great. This one is a great story about a tiny seed who floats on the wind and avoids all these obstacles that kill other seeds before finally landing on hard ground. He takes forever to grow but then ends up GIANT! As always, the story is well told and beautifully illustrated.



We also read The Carrot Seed for the first time. Another classic by the author of Harold & the Purple Crayon, The Carrot Seed a short story of a boy who lovingly planted & tended a carrot seed. No one thought it would grow, but he took care of it anyway. Then it sprouted into a giant carrot all at once, just like he knew it would. Very cute.



Bonus: The Big Red Barn. A friend gave us this as a board book and it has been a favorite for years. The rhyme is awesome and it has a great lyrical quality to it.

By the big red barn
In the great green field
A little pink pig
was learning to squeal.

The pictures & story are fun & enjoyable. There are animal sounds, counting, bedtime. & more. I think 4 of 5 people in our house have it memorized–the 5th doesn’t talk yet.


What are you favorite books on farming or gardening?

Jen S.




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