Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames—
These must all be fairy names!
Do you believe in fairies? I do! And just like Robert Louis Stevenson in his poem The Flowers, I believe the best place to find them is in your garden. The best thing about fairy gardens is that they don't take up a lot of space. You can grow a fairy garden on your windowsill, on your porch or anywhere that gets enough sunlight. Plant them in a pot and keep them outdoors in the summer and indoors in the winter. Learn how to make a miniature garden using National Geographic Kids or TinkerLab's DIY instructions.
Meanwhile, magic is all around in these enchanting reads:
Thumbelina: She's not exactly a fairy but considering her mother found her sleeping inside a flower, and because she gets kidnapped by a greedy toad, there is something more than a little magical about Thumbelina. And for a Farsi version of this tale check out the beautifully illustrated The Girl of the Wish Garden.
Pinkalicious: The color-loving picture book heroine has graduated to beginning readers. Join her as she builds a fairy house right in her own backyard.
Piper Green and the Fairy Tree: If you like Junie B. Jones, you'll love spunky second-grader Piper Green. She has a quirky but loving family, a magical fairy tree and a brand-new series.
Would any post about fairies be complete without a Rainbow Magic book? This month, go green with Edie the Garden Fairy as she uses her powers to help Rachel and Kirsty transform a vacant lot into a beautiful garden.