There is a children’s book called The Curious Garden about a boy who discovers one spot of green in a completely concrete city. The story follows the boy as he tends to this spot of green, helping it grow, and helping it spread until there are plants throughout the city. By then many people have started to help and embrace the now omnipresent greenery. A variety of different green spaces have emerged: productive, ornamental, decorative, fragrant, playful, and so on.
While Sacramento–known as the City of Trees–was never in the state that this city was, I can’t help but think of this book when I see one of Sacramento’s community gardens, parks, trees, city cemetery, rose gardens, or simply the weeds between the cracks or the peonies growing in my own yard.
Sacramento is full of green spaces. Get out and enjoy them!
If you’re interested in other green urban renewal books for kids, check out (some are more urban renewal than others, but they’re all green):
The Wump World by Bill Peet
A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry
Barbapapa’s Ark by Annette Tison and Talus Taylor (hard to find in English)
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (not about plants, but rather making room for nature in an urban environment)
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (not really urban renewal, but definitely about making nature a priority in life)
If you have other green and plant inspired books to share, please do! I’m always looking for new nature-related children’s books.