Great gardening books to sprout little green fingers
Our Get Gardening collection of Touch to See books has some charming stories about nature and growing plants to inspire blind and partially sighted children of all ages.
‘One Mole Digging a Hole’ is lovely rhyming book by Julia Donaldson with a host of colourful creatures helping out and doing jobs in the garden! A great fun starting point for learning about tools and jobs. For preschool children, we recommend ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen. Join lovable cat, Jasper, as he plants and tends a bean – with surprising results!
Older children (5-7 years) will love ‘The Strong Little Tree’ by Helen Peacock and Neil Reed. This countryside tale follows the progress of the little oak as it grows from a sapling to a towering tree. The illustrations are beautiful and it gives plenty of scope to talk about how plants grow and spread.
Other books in the collection include ‘One Year with Kipper’, featuring wildflower meadows and autumn produce such as pumpkins. And little ones will love ‘The Sleepy Dormouse’ and finding out about growing from seed – something you could try out at home together.
For older children, our Art History Pack contains Laurence Anholt’s ‘The Magical Garden of Claude Monet’ features a fictional story all about a little girl who discovers Monet’s prized garden and the artist himself. With braille to read and tactile pictures of some of Monet’s most famous artworks, this Touch to See book is a wonderful introduction to art and gardening.