C.S Lewis once said, “A children’s story which is only enjoyed by children is a bad children’s story” and as I read books to my children I would tend to agree. Stories have a way of making learning easy, fun, and memorable. For me, stories are much like music in the way they transport me back to a certain time and place. My wish is that when my children hear one of their favorite stories, they are taken back to a place of comfort and safety; a place of home, nestled on my lap or tucked in close beside me.
*All book recommendations are based on the opinions of myself (Heidi) and my children. I will be very clear about which books were our favorites. I don’t believe you need to read all of the books I’m listing to learn, however I do encourage you to read at least one resource book and the story books if you are able. I encourage you to find the books at the library first to see if you like them or to read the reviews and decide for yourself before buying the book to add to your own collection. You can support Kinderfarm Academy by shopping Amazon through the links provided but often the books can be found cheaper at Abebooks.com or Betterworldbooks.com.
Resource books to learn about soil/composting:
- Jump Into Science: Dirt by Steve Tomecek – recommended for children ages 4-8. My kids seemed to really learn alot from this book.
- Life In a Bucket of Soil by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein – recommended for older children ages 8-14. This wasn’t fun reading, but my older son really enjoyed learning all about soil from this book.
- Dirt: The Scoop on Soil by Natalie M. Rosinsky – recommended for children ages 5-10.
- Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals – recommended for children ages 3-8.
- Compost: A Family Guide to Making Soil From Scraps by Ben Raskin – we are still waiting for this book to arrive but it looked like a great resource for learning how to compost.
Stories about dirt:
- Dirt Boy by Jon Erik Slangerup – recommended for children ages 6 and up.
Next week, we will be learning about pumpkins and the squash family. If you would like to get a head start in collecting the books, here is a list that we recommend.
Resource books to learn about pumpkins/squash:
- Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Pumpkin by George Levenson – recommended for children ages 5-8.
- From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer – recommended for children ages 4-8.
- Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie by Jill Esbaum – recommended for children ages 4-8.
- The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons – recommended for children ages 6-9.
Stories about pumpkins:
- Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White – recommended for children ages 5-8 but it’s one of our favorite stories about pumpkins.
- The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs – recommended for children ages 3-7. This is another one of our favorites.
- How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara – recommended for children ages 3-8.
- Pumpkin Town! Or Nothing is Better or Worse Than Pumpkins by Katie McKy – recommended for children ages 4-8.
- The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll – recommended for children ages 4-8.
- Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper – recommended for children ages 4-8.