It’s May, time for Mother’s Day and gardening! So, gather some of these fabulous books that celebrate gardens and moms and then head out into your own garden and enjoy some sunshine!

soonSoon by Timothy Knapman

Join Raju and his mother as they set off on an adventure! At every turn, Raju wonders when he will be able to go home, to which his mother always answers, “Soon.” After Raju and his mother fi nally make it up to the top of the mountain, Raju fi nally gets the answer he was waiting for and they head for home. Gorgeous, luminous illustrations f ll this fabulous journey that children will want to embark on again and again as they follow along with Raju! Candlewick Press, $16.99; ages 3-7 

tell me what to dream aboutTell Me What To Dream About by Giselle Potter

When a little sister can’t go to sleep, she asks her big sister to tell her what to dream about. The sisters go back and forth imagining crazy dreams, until, fi nally, exhausted, the big sister is too tired to think of anything else but making waffl es for breakfast. Full of bright, bold illustrations with rich detail, this book is quite an adventure into dreamland! Schwartz & Wade/Random House, $17.99, ages 3-7

if you plant a seedIf You Plant A Seed by Kadir Nelson

If you plant cabbage, tomatoes, and carrots, they will, in time, grow. If you plant selfi shness, it will grow into a heap of trouble—so the animals fi nd out when they fight over the cabbage, tomatoes and carrots! However, when they plant a seed of kindness, the fruits of kindness are overfl owing. A heartwarming tale, perfect for Mother’s Day, or any day, full of rich, vibrant illustrations! Balzer + Bray/Harper, $18.99; ages 4-8

up in the garden and down in the dirtUp in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner

What happens above and below the ground in a garden? Find out, as you journey with a girl and her grandmother and follow their garden from winter to spring and back to winter again! This is a fabulous circular story that follows the garden both above and below ground. It even includes information at the end about many of the creatures you see in the text and illustrations throughout the book! Chronicle Books, $16.99; ages 4-8

homeHome by Carson Ellis

Where is home? Home can be in the country, an apartment, or maybe even a shoe! Home might be a boat, a palace, underground, or even underwater! Look at some amazing homes this spring as you journey through this book. Filled with imaginative and inventive illustrations, this one is sure to start some fun conversations about home! Candlewick Press, $16.99; ages 4-8

in marys gardenIn Mary’s Garden by Tina & Carson Kugler

As a little girl, Mary had big ideas. She liked planning and building things with her father. As she grew up, she traveled and became an artist. Journey with Mary to see how she created her fabulous “art garden” as you read this delightful story of Mary and her artwork. Energetic, colorful illustrations fi ll this book about a talented artist with an equally wonderful story and garden! Houghton Miffl in Harcourt, $16.99; ages 5-9

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Parents Read Too!

Gardener’s One Line a Day

This book is the perfect little journal for keeping all of your gardening tidbits and memories! For moms who want to record moments with children in the garden, or maybe keep track of growing seasons and what they’ve planted, this book is a great find! Chronicle Books, $16.95