Month of MUD

Published on 05 June 2020


In celebration of Month of MUD this June, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite mud-related reads. Here’s a bit of everything: from the great outdoors to gardening, to fun muddy stories, to dishing the dirt even – we’ve got you covered!


Kids nonfiction:

Plant, sow, make & grow : mud-tastic activities for budding gardeners, Esther Coombes
A little bit of dirt : 55+ science and art activities to reconnect children with nature, Asia Citro
Let's get gardening, Radhika Haswani
We are the gardeners, Joanna Gaines
Plant, cook, eat! : a children's cookbook, Joe Archer
101 fun outdoor activities for children : have fun outside, Fiona Bird
New Zealand's backyard beasts, Ned Barraud
Never get bored outdoors, James Maclaine
We're going on a bear hunt : my adventure field guide, Michael Rosen
Climbing Trees and Muddy Knees: The kids guide to getting unplugged and getting outside, John Farndon


Picture books:

Mud book: how to make pies and cakes, John Cage
Puddle hunters, Kirsty Murray 
Dig in! Cynthia L. Jenson-Elliott
Alphonse, there’s mud on the ceiling! Daisy Hirst 
Watch out for muddy puddles! Ben Faulks
The garden of hope, Isabel Otter
Stuck in the muck,  Brett Avison
Duck, apple, egg, Glenda Millard
The not-so great outdoors, Madeline Kloepper


Board Books:
Peppa's muddy festival, Mandy Archer
Mrs Wishy-washy, Joy Cowley
Busy garden, Rebecca Finn
The little yellow digger, Betty Gilderdale
Baby's very first fingertrail play book, Stella Baggott


Junior fiction:

Fuzzy mud, Louis Sachar 
Stuck in the mud, R.A. Spratt
The Ghosts of the Tarawera, Sue Copsey
A different land, Paul Jennings
The secret garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
Five go to Smuggler’s Top, Enid Blyton
How to eat fried worms, Thomas Rockwell
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
The silver chair, C.S. Lewis
Poppy’s garden, Holly Webb


Adult fiction:

The pyramid of mud, Andrea Camilleri
Dishing the dirt : an Agatha Raisin mystery, M.C. Beaton
The comforts of a muddy Saturday (Large Print), Alexander McCall Smith
The midsummer garden, Kirsty Manning


Adult nonfiction:

A year in the mud and the toast and the tears : my (semi) rural kind of life, Georgie Books
The ultimate guide to soil : the real dirt on cultivating crops, compost, and a healthier home, Anna Hess
The nature of life and death : every body leaves a trace, Patricia E.J. Wiltshire
Gardening for mindfulness, Holly Farrell
Many a muddy morning, Mark Warren

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