We weren’t planning to do a Reading Roundup for Thursday’s big holiday of Dandelion Day. It was kind of a surprise when people kept bringing up books about dandelions. But it made sense once we thought about it. Kids love dandelions. These buttercup yellow flowers are considered weeds when they appear en masse in your yard, but they are actually quite beneficial. Children love blowing the feathery seeds that ultimately come at the end of a dandelion’s life, and will surely love reading the dandelion books listed below.
Many of these books are not specifically about the dandelion flower itself, of course. Most of these are stories inspired by the free nature of the dandelion, and its ability to overcome and continue to grow despite even the worst conditions. Children will find these stories inspiring and full of hope. There really is something inspiring and magical about dandelions, so spend this Dandelion Day with your child celebrating their beauty…
Dandelion, the main character of this children’s book, overdresses for a party and is turned away by the host because she doesn’t recognize him. Published in 1977, this book has delighted children for many years. It conveys a message to kids that it’s alright to be who they are, regardless of what others may think. (Recommended for ages 3)
The authors in this book have captured the struggle to grow and become independent well. A young dandelion seed is afraid to let go and fly away because of what may be. Eventually, it lets go and discovers the circle of life as it grows into a beautiful flower and begins the process anew. Children will be provoked to ask questions about life and growing after reading this book. It will probably become one of their favorites. (Recommended for ages 4+)
Just like the dandelion seed, Zoe and her family travel west to Nebraska Territory in the 1800’s. Starting a new life in a new place is hard for Zoe, but she finds some dandelions and brings them home. She replants them in their yard to surprise her mother. They become a sunny beacon on the monotonous prairie they call home. (Recommended for ages 5-8 years)
This is Book Two in the “100 Cupboards Series.” In this book, Henry York discovers a set of cupboard doors hidden behind the wall of the bedroom he sleeps in while visiting his aunt and uncle’s farm. Stepping through the doors leads Henry on many adventures including the truth of where he comes from and who his parents are. Little does Henry know that these adventures–and some fiery daffodils–will lead him to face the evil of Endor. (Recommended for ages 9-12 years)