As spring starts to roll in, we turn our thoughts to finally getting outside and enjoying the nice weather. Along with this comes budding trees and growing plants, and gardening both for food and flowers. This collection of garden books for kids will help you include gardening in your homeschool.
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This collection of garden books for kids includes books for our littles and our teens, picture books and how-tos. Kids will delight in learning about the plants we eat and the flowers we love to admire, as well as learning how to plant some things of their own!
Homeschooling Preschool: Garden Books for Littles
- My Growing Garden – This is a handled sturdy lift-a-flap board book. You’ll find discussion prompts for each scene on the handle and activities under each flap. Enjoy playing games with all of our garden friends as you learn about colors, shapes, and other early learning concepts.
- My First Book of Growing Food – This board book is a beautiful introduction for babies and toddlers to the benefits of growing food, helping them to develop a connection with the natural world.
- Planting a Rainbow – Through brilliant, textured cut paper collages, the story follows the progress of a mother and daughter in their backyard as they plant bulbs, seeds, and seedlings and nurture their growth into flowers. In this sturdy board book little ones learn the colors of the rainbow as they watch plants grow into a beautifully vibrant garden.
- The Tiny Seed – Eric Carle’s classic story of the life cycle of a flower is told through the adventures of a tiny seed. This mini-book includes a piece of detachable seed-embedded paper housed on the inside front cover. Readers can plant the entire piece of paper and watch as their very own tiny seeds grow into beautiful wildflowers.
- Eating the Alphabet – While teaching upper- and lowercase letters to preschoolers, Ehlert introduces fruits and vegetables from around the world. A glossary at the end provides interesting facts about each food.
- Hello, World! Garden Time – This cheerful and informative Hello, World! board book teaches toddlers all about gardens—with easy-to-understand facts about how plants grow and how gardening puts food on our tables.
Garden Books for Older Kids
- My First Garden – Children aged 5-7 will love getting stuck into gardening projects with My First Garden! Passionate gardener Livi Gosling has advice on creating places for plants to live in your home, scavenging from the recycling to create a vegetable kingdom, and adding a splash of color to grey city streets with your own wildflower seed mix.
- Compost – learn the benefits of composts as fertilizers for the soil. You’ll also learn why they’re good for the planet. These books are great for explaining why you should compost. Moreover, they can teach your kids about recycling and saving the planet. They’ll learn how to compost at home.
- Oh Say Can You Seed? All About Flowering Plants – An easy and fun introduction to plant biology! With the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2 – the Cat in the Hat explores the world of plants. Kids will learn about the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis and pollination; and seed dispersal.
- From Seed to Plant – With simple language and bright illustrations, non-fiction master Gail Gibbons introduces young readers to the processes of pollination, seed formation, and germination. Important vocabulary is reinforced with accessible explanation and colorful, clear diagrams showing the parts of plants, the wide variety of seeds, and how they grow. There is also a From Seed to Plant Workbook
- Compost Stew – Teach kids to compost and help them develop life-long habits to protect the Earth. From apple cores to zinnia heads, readers will discover the best ingredients for a successful compost pile.
- Plant It! Grow It, Eat It – Follow along as four kids grow gardens across balconies, backyards, greenhouses, and rooftops. See how the kids plant seeds, harvest yummy foods, and share a big meal! Every page includes call-outs explaining how kids can collect rainwater, encourage pollination, learn the benefits of earthworms and attracting butterflies, and how to avoid harmful chemicals and pests.
- Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt – Up in the garden, the world is full of green—leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt exists a busy world—earthworms dig, snakes hunt, skunks burrow—populated by all the creatures that make a garden their home. These secrets and many others are waiting to be discovered up in the garden and down in the dirt.
How-to Garden Books
- Gardening Projects for Kids – Fantastic ideas for making things, growing plants and flowers, and attracting wild life to the garden. Contains 60 practical projects and 500 photographs!
- Gardening Lab for Kids – 52 fun experiments to learn, grow, harvest, make, play and enjoy your garden.
- Garden Journal: A Kid’s Gardening Journal – This is an 8 x 10 garden journal, planner and log designed (written and illustrated) especially for kids by a homeschooling (and gardening!) mom of six.This simple and easy to use Garden Log was designed with children ages 9-14 in mind.
- Gardening for Kids: An Easy Step-by-Step Parents Guide to Growing Fruits, Vegetables, and Flowers with Your Children
- Let’s Get Gardening – This colorful guide features 30 easy gardening projects. Kids will learn to grow their own fruits and vegetables, attract wildlife such as butterflies and bees, and recycle household items into animal habitats and fun decorations.
- No-Dig Children’s Gardening Book – Don’t like endless digging and weeding? Don’t let that stop you from gardening with your kids! Projects are broken down into easy, step-by-step processes, designed to be carried out by children. Attractive, full-bleed photography is supplemented with fun illustration and fully illustrated factual spreads.
- Trees, Leaves, Flowers, and Seeds – Explore the incredible world of plants, from the smallest seeds to the tallest trees, whilst you discover all about the weirdest, smelliest and deadliest flowers on our planet, with this engaging encyclopedia for children aged 9-12.
Gardening Toys and Tools for Kids
As a bonus, while I was researching garden books for kids, I found a few cool toys, hands-on kits, and gardening tools for kids. I thought I’d share them with you incase you were looking for some more fun ways to include gardening in your homeschool.
- Paint & Plant Stoneware Flower Gardening Kit – Paint the 3 stoneware pots, the stoneware tray, and plant markers, and sow the Marigold, Cosmos, and Zinnia flowers – with vibrant colors and pleasant scents. Follow along with the included step-by-step instructions.
- Flower Garden Building Toys – With cute garden insects, delicate fences, and realistic flowers, children will immersive experience the colorful nature, and the lovely giraffe will make them more engaged.
- Miracle GRO My First Root Viewer – Kids get to plant US sourced seeds with organic soil pod in the root viewer planter to observe how their roots grow.
- Toddler Gardening Set – Provides an ideal way to develop vocabulary and social skills by talking about planting and picking flowers and veggies with your kids.
- Kids Gardening Tool Set – The tools in this set are real metal tools! Includes 8”Shovel, 6”Rake, 8”Trowel, 8.5”Fork, water sprayer, 3L collapsible bucket, 4pcs plant tags, kids sun hat, kids latex gardening gloves, child-Sized adjustable apron, and a portable tote bag can pack all things.
- Paint Your Own Stepping Stones – No molding or baking, just open them up and paint! Great for kids to make to place in the garden you are planting with them!