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Spring has sprung, so take some time to enjoy these books, artwork, and crafts all about flowers and plants!

Books that Blooms

Draw 50 flowers, trees, and other plants : the step-by-step way to draw orchids, weeping willows, prickly pears, pineapples, and many more by Lee J. Ames

A step-by-step instructions for drawing a wide variety of plants, including such favorites as roses and orchids, as well as more exotic types.

What’s inside a flower ? : and other questions about science & nature by Rachel Ignotofsky

Have you ever wondered what’s inside a flower? Ignotofsky explores how flowers bloom from a tiny seed; the ways seeds travel; and much more.

I can grow a flower by Dawn Sirett

How does a tiny seed grow into a flower? Find out about the life cycle of a flower in this delightful, fun-to-read book. Little ones learn about plant life and nature, and are inspired to grow their own super-tall sunflower from a tiny seed

Bloom boom! by April Pulley Sayre

When spring arrives, flowers of all kinds sprout and grow buds and bloom. Sometimes, they bloom a few at a time. But other times, many will bloom at once in a colorful flower boom! This photographic exploration of flowers goes from the desert to the woodlands and beyond, celebrating their beautiful variety and the science behind these colorful displays.

Marigold Fairy makes a friend by Elizabeth Dennis 

While working in the garden, Marigold Fairy and Butterfly discover that something is eating all the carrots.

Flowers by Melanie Waldron

This book provides readers with a complete and comprehensive understanding of the role of flowers, their structure and how they are brilliantly designed to do this job.

Flowers by Gail Gibbons

Introduces flowers, describing the different types, life cycle, pollination, blooming seasons, and requirements for planting and caring for a flower garden.

Have you ever seen a flower? by Shawn Harris

A child experiences a flower by seeing its colors, smelling its fragrance, and imagining a tiny world within it.

Growing season by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

El and Jo are the shortest kids in their class, and they’re inseparable. But what happens when Jo starts to grow?

Poppy, Buttercup, Bluebell & Dandy by Fiona Woodcock

A group of beautiful and feisty young wildflowers on skateboards and scooters zoom through the pages of this stunning book, spreading flower seeds as they go. Together they transform their urban environment into a place that is no longer gray, but filled with color and scent.

One whole bunch  by Mary Meyer

Countdown from ten as a boy gathers flowers for a bouquet for his mother.

An alphabet in bloom by Nathalie Trovato

In this wordless alphabet book, children will explore the many places that plants grow, from the familiar to the fantastical. Readers will be enchanted by the colorful cut paper illustrations of Nathalie Trovato along their journey from A to Z.

Fantastic flowers by Susan Stockdale

An introduction for young readers to a range of unusual flowers that resemble something completely different. This book provides each flower’s common and scientific names, native range, the insects that pollinate them, and an explanation of the pollination process.

Flowers are calling by Rita Gray 

Rhyming text explores the wonders of natural cooperation between flowers and the animals and insects of the forest.

What does Bunny see? : a book of colors and flowers by Linda Sue Park

A rabbit wanders through the various flowers and colors of a cottage garden.

Planting a rainbow by Lois Ehlert

A mother and child plant a rainbow of flowers in the family garden.

From bulb to tulip by Lisa Owings

How do onion-shaped tulip bulbs become the beautiful blooms in your garden? Follow each step in the process―from planting the bulbs to caring for the flowers―in this fascinating book!

Botanicum by Katie Scott

Showcases dozens of full-color plants from around the world in a gallery format, complemented by identification information and brief descriptions.

The girl who drew butterflies : how Maria Merian’s art changed science  by Joyce Sidman

Newbery-Honor winning author Joyce Sidman explores the extraordinary life and scientific discoveries of Maria Merian, who discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented the science behind the mystery in this visual biography that features many original paintings by Maria herself.”– Provided by publisher.

The best ever step-by-step kid’s first gardening : fantastic gardening ideas for 5-12 year olds, from growing fruit and vegetables and fun with flowers to wildlife gardening and outdoor crafts by Jenny Hendy

The book includes basic gardening know-how, fruit and vegetables, craft projects, wildlife gardening and indoor gardening, plus a list of good plants to try. Clear instructions and fun photographs make following the projects easy, while tips and growing ideas provide inspiration and encourage experimentation.

Blooming Art

Still Life with Irises by Vincent Van Gogh (1890)

Hibiscus by Hiroshige (1845)

Bouquet of Roses by Pierre-Auguste Renoir ( 1890 – 1900)

Flower Garden by Gustav Klimt (1905)

White Vase with Flowers by Odilon Redon (1916)

Still Life of Flowers in a Glass Vase on a Marble Ledge by Rachel Ruysch (1745)

Flowers by Yayoi Kusama (2002)

Lilacs in a Window by Mary Cassatt (1880)

Flowers by Andy Warhol (1964)

Alma’s Flowers by Alma Thomas (1970)

Flower Power Art Projects

Pop Art Inspired Flowers

Supplies Needed:

  • Two pieces of white cardstock or construction paper
  • Coloring medium, such as crayons or oil pastels
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Take a look at Andy Warhol’s pop-art flowers to get inspiration for your artwork. Start with the background; try using muted colors mixed with patterns such as lines or zigzags. 

Using your second sheet of paper, create your flowers. You can choose to make one big flower or a few small flowers. Use bright colors and any style of flower you want. Cut and glue your flowers on your muted background, and you have a Pop art piece worthy of a Museum!

Pressed Foliage Art

Supplies Needed:

  • Wax paper
  • Heavy book or a flower press
  • Flowers and other foliage

Take a walk outside, gathering flowers and other plants that you find interesting. Once you are back at home, arrange your findings on your wax paper, making sure none of the flowers or plants touch. Place another sheet of wax paper on top and gently put them under a large book or in a flower press. Let your flowers stay pressed for several days; the longer, the better. You can use your pressed flowers in various ways, including adding them to your artwork or even making jewelry out of them.