The cold weather is getting to me. I’m sure you are, too. When it’s cold outside, one thing that keeps me going is the thought of flowers blooming soon and the start of my garden. These books for kids are all about flowers, and they’re all beautiful. There are also some that go a lot deeper into the anatomy of flowers and scientific research. Here are some of my favorite things.
The Big Book of Blooms by Yuval Zommer
This beautiful book has a lot of interesting information and beautiful pictures. In the first few pages, readers will learn all about botany, including how to tell different kinds of flowers apart and how to grow them. The next pages show the different places where plants live, like pitcher plants, the giant water lily, and the weirdly beautiful corpse flower (which I saw once at the New York Botanical Garden!). It was very interesting! Readers will learn which flowers are endangered and why some blooms are fragrant or colorful. They will also learn about carnivorous and poisonous flowers that are sure to delight young readers.
The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver by Gene Barretta and Frank Morrison
George Washington Carver was born into slavery, but he later became a well-known botanist, scientist, and inventor because of his work. When he was a child, he had a secret garden where he studied life cycles, looked at flowers, and looked after plant roots during the cold winters. I loved reading about this person who was so in love with living things. I also loved the beautiful illustrations in this picture book biography. They were so pretty!
What’s Inside a Flower?: And Other Questions About Science and Nature by Rachel Ignotofsky
This is another great book for people who want to learn more about flowers and how they grow. I love Rachel Ignotofsky’s illustrations because they show so much happiness and life! You can’t wait to see what else she comes up with in this new nonfiction picture book series. This is the first one, and I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with.
Have You Ever Seen a Flower? by Shawn Harris
This picture book is about a young child who leaves the city and explores flowers with all five senses, from its color to its scent to the entire universe it evokes. It shows how a single flower can change one’s perspective in awe-inspiring ways. There are bright pictures on each page that make it fun to turn the pages.
Flora: A Botanical Pop-Up Book by Yoojin Kim, Kathryn Selbert, and Nicole Yen
This beautiful pop-up book is full of beautiful flowers that jump out of each page. Among the flowers, bees buzz, hummingbirds drink, and bats swoop through the petals with their wings open wide. Each spread has unique pop-ups, interesting pull-tabs, and interesting facts. This book is a celebration of flowers as important parts of the natural world. Despite the fact that this book isn’t supposed to be for kids, I think adults will enjoy it. I thought the pop-ups were very strong, even though it’s not the best book for kids who like to pick things up.
On Flowers: Lessons From An Accidental Florist by Amy Merrick
In the past, I’ve been following Amy on Instagram for a long time. I was excited when she told me she was writing a book. As a “want-to-be” florist, I couldn’t wait to read her advice and see her beautiful arrangements in print. Because Taylor got this one for me for Christmas, things worked out well for me.
Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest & Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms by Erin Benzakein
Images of Erin Benzakein’s farm are likely to have been seen online by people who didn’t even know they had seen them. As a whole, she’s living my dream life. She tells you how to build the flower garden of your dreams step by step, and it’s accompanied by the most beautiful pictures you’ll ever see.
Vintage Roses: Beautiful Varieties for Home and Garden by Jane Eastoe
Do you know that there are more than 150 different kinds of roses in the world right now? This book takes you through 60 of the most beautiful types: the most visually appealing, the most fragrant, the easiest to grow, and so on. It also shows you how to care for them. You’ll be able to grow roses from your couch in no time.
Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style by Christin Geall
Only a few weeks old, but already one of my favorite books. It looks more like a gallery in a museum than a coffee table book because of Christin’s beautiful arrangements and the amazing style of photography in this book. It’s beautiful!
Color Me Floral: Techniques for Creating Stunning Monochromatic Arrangements for Every Season by Kiana Underwood
In this beautiful book, Kiana Underwood shows you how to make stunning single-color displays with unique ingredients, dramatic textures, and vibrant colors.
Hundreds of pictures and easy-to-follow tips are spread out through the book. For example, there are suggestions for substituting flowers and options for both beginners and more advanced designers. If you want to learn how to put flowers together, this book is both beautiful and useful.
How-for to’s 40 flower arrangements are broken down by season in this book. There’s a lush green arrangement for spring, a stunning black bouquet for summer, a striking magenta design for fall, and an unexpected, oh-so-pretty pink arrangement for winter.
Cultivated:The Elements of Floral Style by Christin Geall
Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style raises floral design to the level of fine art. This book is full of information about the principles of floral style and how to use them. Christina Geall is a charming and intelligent person who encourages people who work with flowers to think about them in new ways and to look at their work in a new way. She looks at the fine arts and history to help people think about flowers in new ways, like looking at Baroque music or the paintings of the Impressionists.
Cultivated is a book about all aspects of floral design, from choosing plants to growing and arranging them to choosing tools and vessels, balancing color and form, photographing and selling arrangements, and even photographing and selling arrangements. Cultivated has universal lessons for all levels of practitioners, budgets, and materials. Geall’s beautiful photos show how to make arrangements that make people want to look at them again and again.