This sweet stack of Garden Books for Kids has the power to teach!
Through the pages of great interactive books, kids can learn all kinds of things about plants.
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There is nothing better than cuddling up with my kids reading books of all different kinds.
Here are a few of our favorite garden-themed reads.
Our Favorite Picture Books about the Garden
Over in the Meadow is a beautiful book by John Langstaff. Published in 1973, this children’s book has been a favorite for many years.
Through beautiful storytelling and unforgettable illustrations, this author and illustrator bring nature to life.
Animals, animal habitats, and even counting are a part of this book.
While we’re chatting about titles that have been around awhile, I have to tell you about these Let’s Read and Find Out Science Books.
Over the years, I have collected a variety of these second-hand, and they are simply beautiful.
My kids have learned so much from these little books that are now considered vintage.
Seeds by Wind and Water is a wonderful book for teaching elementary age children about the natural world.
During my time as a book consultant with what was then called Usborne Books and More, I gathered a variety of different garden-themed books that have been favorites on our bookshelves at home.
- Garden Sounds – Press the button and hear the sounds of the garden. Yes, this book takes a battery, but I promise each one you put in will last a long time!
- How do flowers grow? – Lift the flaps and learn the answers to your questions about flowers.
- My First Reference Book about How Things Grow – I didn’t realize these were available as paperback books, but here you go! These reference books not only include sweet whimsical illustrations, but they’re also packed full of lots of great information too!
- Secrets of the Vegetable Garden – This is one of the books in the Shine-a-Light book series. Pair this book with a flashlight and get ready to learn with your little reader. I am wild about this book series, and I’ve have had to hold myself back from buying all of them! My favorite flashlights? We’ve liked the super inexpensive ones found in the sporting goods department of Wal-Mart. I’m telling you, we’ve only paid $1 each for these flashlights and they have lasted like no other!
Next up, How Groundhog’s Garden Grew, a Scholastic paperback title.
Most of the groundhog-themed books we have are winter themed.
That made it especially fun to come across this sweet springtime read that would carry us into spring.
Plantzilla by Jerdine Nolen is such a silly read that older kids will find hilarious, and you might just find yourself laughing out loud, too!
Just for reference, the main character in the story is a third-grader.
Remember Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney?
Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler will remind you of that beloved children’s book.
I have yet to find a book from Cottage Door Press that isn’t as cute as can be, and this In-the-Garden book is no exception.
This interactive board book is best suited for hands-on preschoolers.
I remember this book gifted my oldest daughter with fantastic fine motor skills practice.
At the time she was the perfect age for this book, I was looking for anything and everything to strengthen her little hands, so I got excited when I discovered this sweet book!
The In My Garden Pop-Up Book includes simple language and fun pop-ups that younger children will enjoy.
This is another second-hand purchase I’m having trouble finding for you online, but I will keep looking!
Eric Carle’s The Tiny Seed has for sure become a garden favorite over the years.
Have you seen the Mr. Roger’s Episode where Fred Rogers visits Eric Carle and gets to see how his illustrations come together?
Most definitely one of my favorite episodes.
I also love when Mr. Rogers takes a tour of the crayon factory. Isn’t that such a mesmerizing thing to watch?
We can get back to the books now – I promise.
Another great teacher? Dr. Seuss!
We have several of these rhyming texts from The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, and they’re so much fun!
Oh Say Can You Seed – All about Flowering Plants is one of the many books from this collection we own, and I think you’ll like this title as much as we do.
Sure the rhyming patterns are great for young readers, but even older kids enjoy these silly-sounding, but very educational, books.
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt is part of the beautiful Over and Under Series.
These are such wonderful nature books.
There are actually a few from the series we do not own, and I think I’m going to check to see if our local library has these available.
Are you familiar with the Ranger in Time Series?
Yes, the author of those books is the same Kate Messner you see here.
I know you’re eyeing these cute little books from the What Grows in My Garden Series.
They’re full of interesting facts!
Honestly, I’m having trouble locating on great deal on all of them for you, but I’ll keep looking.
I found them second-hand at an independent bookstore.
I love that they feature real-life photos of kids working in their garden.
If I find more information on these oldies but goodies, I will update this area the post.
More Garden-Themed Children’s Books
- Eating the Alphabet – Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert
- Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
- Hello World! Garden Time – The books we own from this series include lots of fun facts!
- Curious George Grows a Garden – If your child loves Curious George as much as my kids have over years, you might want to check out this post. You may spot a few titles you’ve never seen, and there’s actually a book there that can be used for a history lesson.
- My First Garden – We found this adorable book at Home Goods! A great book for learning about the growing season and the perfect size for little hands to hold.
- Plant the Tiny Seed! – Together let’s make the garden grow!
- Lola Plants a Garden – Join Lola as she reads garden poems with her mom. Are you familiar with Lola? She is a character that is new to me, but I’m planning to explore more books in this series.
- A Seed is Sleepy – This book series reminds me a bit of the Over and Under Series I mentioned earlier in this post.
- Learning Resources Gardening Set – Learning Resources toys have proven to stand the test of time, and this one is no different!
- My First Garden – Wooden Vegetables Growing Set – If you prefer wooden toys, this set looks engaging and seems to have good reviews!
- Miracle Gro My First Root Viewer – Looking for easy gardening projects that don’t take amount a large amount of space? My kids love fun experiments like this, and it looks like it could go just about anywhere!
- Make and eat vegetable soup together!
- A Kid’s Gardening Journal -Would your child enjoy a garden journal?
- Gardening Stickers
Did you see a book that caught your eye?
Something you want to see if your library has available?
You’ll have to let me know if your young gardener discovers a new book they enjoy sharing with you.
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More Garden-Themed Ideas
Watch From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
Draw a Plant with a Folding Surprise – A great opportunity to talk about the parts of a plant and/or the parts of a flower.