The weather has been glorious here and we have been outside a lot. Nature is a wonderful teacher whatever the weather, but we definitely enjoy being out more when the sun is shining! A lot of the plants are out in flower and the bees and butterflies are certainly very busy. We have been enjoying getting to know the flowers a bit better these past few weeks and have had some flower works out on our shelves. We have also been reading some great books, here’s what we have been looking at.
I was looking for a thorough yet simple guide to flowers, one that Little Bean and I could both enjoy, and I found the perfect one! A Little Guide to Wildflowers by Charlotte Voake is a charming book with a huge range of flowers that can be found in the British countryside. The delightful illustrations and little snippets of information about each flower make this book a great flick through. The thing I love most about it is that the plants are categorised according to flower colour, making it really easy to find what you are looking for. I think this book will be accompanying us on walks for many years to come (UK link/US link).
Lift the flap books are so popular with Little Bean, I knew this one would go down a treat. How do Flowers Grow is a lift the flap first questions and answers book from Usborne. Covering a variety of topics, from the parts of a plant to germination and seed dispersal, in a simple question and answer format, this book is engaging enough for toddlers whilst also having enough information to keep older readers interested. I would say it’s great for ages 2-6, maybe even older. We are certainly enjoying this fun and informative book (UK link/US link).
Looking at Plants: Flowers, Fruits and Seeds is a book aimed more towards older readers. However, Little Bean is enjoying the great photographic images and still asks for us to read the whole thing. We have both learnt new vocabulary from this book, particularly the parts of a flower, and it’s been great to be able to transfer these new words over when looking at actual flowers (UK link/US link).