The Butterfly Dance (2018)

Sweet and simple. “The Butterfly Dance” is a story about two friends who learn about embracing differences and maintaining friendships throughout life’s journey. This lovely addition to a teacher or parent’s library is sure to engage our newest and most seasoned gardeners.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt (2015)

This lyrical follow-up to the award-winning Over and Under the Snow (2011) explores a garden from the early signs of Spring all the way to the late Fall. Up in the garden, the world is full of green-leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, and ripening fruit…..but down in the dirt exists an even busier world!

Smithsonian Maker Lab Outdoors (2018)

The book Smithsonian Maker Lab Outdoors by Jack Challoner (2018) is a perfect place to start if you and your child are interested in STEAM activities. This book offers a number of projects that will work beautifully in your pollinator garden. Children aged 8 to 13 are sure to find something that will pique interest and encourage hands on learning as they flip through this perfectly illustrated book.

Smithsonian Maker Lab Outdoors is compiled of projects that make use of household items and recycled goods. The step by step instructions are clearly laid out and the simple prose is easy to follow. The pictures are colourful and show examples of how each project can be used for STEAM based learning.

Some examples of projects that will work nicely with your pollinator garden: the worry project, make your own butterfly feeder, create a soil free planter, seedling pots – making compostable pots for seedlings/paper recycling and grow your own inedible mushrooms.

This book is a terrific way to get kids to take ownership of their learning. It is the perfect addition to a home or classroom library. As the founder of Maker Faire Dale Dougherty says, children should always “realize with their hand what they can imagine in their minds.”