If you’re teaching a unit on plants or gardening, are enjoying activities from our Growing a Garden kit, or just need a good read — here are some of our favorite garden books for kids. (And be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for an extra garden-themed surprise!).
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OUR FAVORITE GARDEN BOOKS FOR KIDS
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
This is the first on my recommended garden book list because it’s our current favorite and a copy of this book is included in the Growing a Garden kit! Up in the garden, the world is full of green. But down in the dirt, there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals and insects that make a garden their home. Discover the ups and downs of a garden in this beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book that explores the wonder and activity of a garden habitat.
Secrets of the Vegetable Garden by Carron Brown and Georgina Tee
If you’ve not yet discovered the magic of “Shine-a-Light” books, add this one to your wishlist now! My kids call these innovatively interactive books their “flashlight books” and love to read them over and over — shining a light behind the pages to discover a world full of hidden surprises. This particular title focuses on plant and animal life in a vegetable garden, making it a fun kit compliment.
How Do Flowers Grow? by Katie Daynes
How do flowers grow? Why do plants have flowers? Where do seeds come from? This interactive book introduces botany using lift-the-flap format and fun illustrations, keeping young kids involved in the reading. We suggest this favorite garden book for preschool age kids, and up.
How Flowers Grow by Emma Helbrough
How do flowers grow in dry deserts? How do animals help to spread seeds? Which flower smells like rotting meat? In this book you’ll find the answers and lots more about how flowers grow. Written in easy to understand chunks of information — the $5 hardback is suggested for ages 6+.
Why Do We Need Bees? by Emily Bone
Why do we need bees? Where do they live? Who’s who in a beehive? Another book in the Lift-the-Flap First Questions and Answers series, the interactive book full of flaps to lift, explains the importance of bees in a colorful, kid-friendly way.
That’s Not My Bee by Fiona Watt
Are you familiar with the “That’s Not My” series? The touchy-feely board book series is typically suggested as a beginning book for babies and toddlers — but I love this series for preschoolers and beginning readers too because it is full of repetitive, predictable text which helps kids gain confidence in reading. That’s Not My Bee is just one of the 50+ titles in this series, and is SO cute for the garden theme as we learn about pollinators.
Bug Hotel by Clover Robin
Clover Robin’s amazing illustrations bring to life this colorful nonfiction nature book of facts about your favorite creepy crawlies! It may even inspire little scientists to create their own sustainable environment for garden insects while reading about making a bug hotel in this sturdy hotel-shaped title.
A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston
Take a beautiful and informative look at the intricate, complex, and often surprising world of seeds. The illustrations are stunning, and we loved this nature-themed picture book as a fun supplement to our Growing a Garden kit on days we take a deeper look at seeds.
The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall
Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this clever and breathtakingly gorgeous picture book that takes readers through the story of one year — from spring to spring — with the honeybees of a single hive. Kids will be buzzing to learn more about honeybees after reading this story — and they can when spending an entire day on BEES in our Growing a Garden unit study.
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Bold collage-style illustrations show how to plant bulbs and seeds and nurture growth through flowers of each color of the rainbow. One of Lois Ehlert’s most popular titles, Planting a Rainbow is a fun find for preschoolers.
Big Book of Blooms by Yuval Zommer
In this title in the popular Big Book series — learn all about botany, including how to recognize different types of flowers. Quirky illustrations and fun facts about the world’s most exciting plants make this colorful book appealing to young readers.
Little Dandelion Seeds the World by Julia Richardson
Did you know dandelions are among the most resilient and adaptable blooms in the world?! Learn how the dandelion seed travels on the wind and hitches rides in many ways in order to spread far and wide.
We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines
In this gardening story, the greatest rewards come from patience, hard work, and learning from mistakes! We watch a family chronicle the adventures of starting their own garden. The experience is full of failures and obstacles (like the bunnies that eat everything), but along the way they learn how to grow a happy, successful garden.
One Bean by Anne Rockwell
What happens when you plant just one little bean? An experiment unfolds in this book about planting and observation. Such a fun title to read when planting and growing your own “one bean.”
Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals
From apple cores to zinnia heads, readers will discover the best ingredients for a successful compost pile in this fun picture book. We suggest this inviting book as a read aloud during the Growing a Garden unit on the day we talk about composting for our garden heroes — worms!
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
When I start looking for children’s non-fiction, master author Gail Gibbons is at the top of the list, and this book is at the top of my list for garden books for kids. With simple language, bright illustrations, and clear diagrams — young readers are introduced to the processes of pollination, seed formation, and germination.
Yucky Worms by Vivian French
Kids are invited to find out where worms live, see how they move, and understand why gardeners consider them friends with the help of this humorous and informative look at an unappreciated and fascinating creature!
DOWNLOAD & PRINT A GARDEN BOOKLIST & COLORING PAGE
One of my secret weapons for exposing my kids to lots of books is to keep their hands busy during read-aloud time so that they will listen better/easier. Coloring pages are a great way to do this, especially when reading aloud chapter books with few pictures.
This “garden” coloring page is the perfect complimentary activity when reading aloud to kids. Also includes a printable list of garden books for kids, for your convenience. Download and print your garden booklist and coloring page!