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Reading Garden for the National Year of Reading

I was reading on Book Brunch how one of the biggest successes of last year’s National Year of Reading was the establishment of the idea of a reading garden. It is a lovely idea. Creating an outdoor garden space, somewhere to sit and read a collection of books that are especially appropriate for the garden. Apparently some bookshops are already putting this idea into action and have book boxes outside in their gardens for customers to sit and browse through in the sunshine.

So, we now have a tiny garden of our own for the first time. It’s a big mess! We have a lot of work to do out there, but I love the idea of creating a small space where Milo and I can share a book together. And I am trying to think of a collection of books to put together for him to read out there. On Book Brunch they mention The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Where the Wild Things Are and The Secret Garden (a little too advanced for him just now!).

I’ve also had a quick trawl through Amazon for some ideas for a creative and fun garden of our own and came across some interesting ideas. There is Great Gardens for Kids which has lots of creative projects for children to get children interested and enthusiastic about gardening including making a fun maze and a bird feeder. There is also Grow it, Eat it to motivate them into learning where food comes from and how it’s grown, and also The Gardening Book by Jane Bull which is a combination of fun activities for kids, and ideas on what to plant.

I also found one of those pop up tents which seems like a really brilliant way of creating an instant reading cosy for rain or shine. Then there are the wonderful Penguin deckchairs for lounging in with a book – I have always wanted one!

For now though, I think we will focus on the book box for Milo and mowing the lawn (the grass is very long!). In addition to the Book Brunch suggestions we could try:

In Wibbly’s Garden by Mick Inkpen
Guess How Much I Love You
– seasons by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
Flip Flop’s Secret
by Molly Brett
Growing Frogs by Vivian French and the rest of Walker’s Nature Storybooks series
Maisy’s Nature Trail by Lucy Cousins

There are so many books that I could add to this list! Such an exciting idea! Read all about the Reading Gardens project on the National Year of Reading website.

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nadia #

    I suggest Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens. It’s a delightful book with a gardening/farming theme.

    April 17, 2009
  2. natashaworswick #

    Thanks Nadia. I’ve just taken a look on Janet Steven’s website and this does look like a great one for enjoying outside. Here’s the link to her site: http://www.janetstevens.com/books/recent_books.html
    Thanks for reading!

    April 18, 2009
  3. Good idea. I like it. Thanks for posting

    May 11, 2010

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