Storytime, singalong, and gardening activities with author Doris Settles and illustrator Dana McCall sharing and signing Leira Clara’s Flowers

Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 11:00am
161 Lexington Green Cir B
Lexington, KY 40503

Storytime, singalong, and gardening activities with author Doris Settles and illustrator Dana McCall sharing and signing Leira Clara’s Flowers

Saturday, May 14 at 11am ET 

Location: Joseph-Beth Lexington

Join us for storytime, singalong, and gardening activities with Doris Settles sharing and signing Leira Clara’s Flowers. Led by the Hot Cookies of the Bluegrass Ukulele Group, we'll sing several favorites including Happy Birthday to the book, have a storytime, and then kids will be able to participate in a seed planting activity. Each book purchase at the signing includes a free seed packet of zinnia seeds.

In Leira Clara’s Flowers one little girl, Leira Clara, learns from her grandmother to love gardening and to share the happiness of gardening with others. Grandmother teaches Leira Clara that growing isn’t enough. “Flowers are to share,” Grandmother tells her. Leira Clara takes her advice to heart. When she returns to her flowerless yard at home, Leira Clara discovers that her parents do not garden because they believe they are too busy to grow and care for a garden. Leira Clara decides to take it upon herself to grow her own flowers and to share them with her neighbors and friends.

One of her neighbors, Mr. Thorney, presents a challenge to her plan. Mr. Thorney lives alone and seems to fiercely dislike children. From his window he often yells at the neighborhood children and their dogs. Only grass and bushes grow behind his picket fence—no flowers. Undaunted, Leira Clara is determined to share her joy with Mr. Thorney. The book demonstrates the ability of a child to understand that loneliness can lead to unhappiness and grumpiness and that gardening and flower-sharing have the power to heal and to open one’s heart to kindness, sharing, and joy.

Leira Clara’s Flowers is a lyrical narrative based on positive psychology and choice theory, essentially about making choices that cultivate kindness. Passing down a love of nature from generation to generation also embeds the idea that multi-age levels work well together. Those familiar with the well-loved classic Miss Rumphius will love the similarities. The book combines social-emotional learning skills with a love of nature. In today’s environmentally challenged and increasingly busy world, fewer and fewer children are spending time outdoors.

Leira Clara’s Flowers is delightfully illustrated in vibrant watercolors.


Doris Settles learned to love gardening from both of her grandmothers. As an Extension Master Gardener in Kentucky, she has volunteered her time teaching others the joys of digging in the dirt. She chaired the Master Gardener Speakers Bureau for several years and speaks frequently to community groups. Her most recent book is Leira Clara's Flowers. Settles is also the author of Understanding i-Kids (Pelican Publishing 2011), Understanding i-Kids Classroom Workbook (Pelican Publishing 2012), and Prohibition in Bardstown: Bourbon, Bootlegging and Saloons(History Press 2016). Settles lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, Bill, and a quite-spoiled Pomeranian, where she can be found digging in her garden and processing the fruits of her gardening labors.


Leira Clara's Flowers By Doris Dearen Settles, Dana McCall (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Doris Dearen Settles, Dana McCall (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781945049279
Published: Shadelandhouse Modern Press - April 26th, 2022