As a homeschooling family living off the grid, our kids get lots of hands-on instruction in all sorts of things. They're continuously learning between foraging, caring for chickens, homesteading, and gardening. And as a homeschool mom, I'm always looking for ways to re-enforce their hands-on lessons with academics. So at this time of year, I'm looking for the best kids gardening books.
How we Use Gardening Books for Kids at Home
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes
Although we have a very short gardening season because we live so far north, we make the best of it. We grow vegetables indoors and save our tomato seeds to grow again.
When each child reached about the age of three, they began helping me plant beans, tomatoes, potatoes, and lettuce. These are some of the easiest veggies for kids to grow.
And as the experts (and our forefathers and mothers) say, gardening is great for brain development and stress relief for kids and adults alike.
I usually begin thumbing through the gardening seed catalogs and kids' gardening books in late March. The kids sit nearby, and we take turns reading out loud. They also love to look for new and unusual varieties to try.
We homeschool year-round with Sonlight - a full Christian curriculum I've used for almost nine years. But by March, we're usually ready to take a little break.
I create unit studies on homesteading for kids, wilderness living, self-reliance, etc. And I also use many supplementary resources at this time.
Recently, I've been encouraging the kids to choose their copywork from their favorite books, novels, and poems. So this works well when we're going through the best children's books about gardening.
Gardening is a Fun Family Activity
Whether you have a small backyard garden, a cinder block garden, or gardening to secure your food supply like we are, I know you and your children will love these kids gardening books. (By the way, you might also want to try some simple hands-on homeschool gardening ideas with your older kids if they're too cool for picture books.)
And if you love "getting crafty" and reusing old items, try one of our 15 Fun DIY Gardening Projects as a family!
With so many fun resources and page-turners listed below, the kids will have a wealth of knowledge about gardening and a curiosity to get started.
These books cover a wide range of gardening topics and stories. Some are true stories about how kids can start their garden, and some are stories that are just fun to sit down and read. These books are great for young learners and those who love to garden.
(And by the way, we also have a list of 15 Books About Seeds for Kids and 20 Harvest Books for Children too!)
Here are 20 books about gardening for kids.
20 Kids Gardening Books for 2023
If you're looking for a great gardening book for kids to inspire them to get growing, here are 20 of the best books about gardening for kids in 2023!
Gardening for Kids: Learn, Grow, and Get Messy with Fun STEAM Projects
This book is full of great gardening projects for kids and has a science-based approach to gardening.
Lola Plants a Garden (Lola Reads)
The kids will love learning about how Lola plans to plant her own garden.
We Are the Gardeners
Follow along with Joanna Gaines and the kids as they plot out and plant their own garden.
The Best-Ever Step-by-Step Kid's First Gardening: Fantastic Gardening Ideas For 5 To 12 Year-Olds, From Growing Fruit And Vegetables And Fun With Flowers To Wildlife Gardening And Outdoor Crafts
Are your kids ready to plant their own garden? They need this book to do it themselves. Perfect for independent learning, project management skills, planning and strategic thinking.
Gardening with Emma: Grow and Have Fun: A Kid-to-Kid Guide
Socially-minded children might enjoy the format of this book. And kids learning how to garden from kids is a great learning experience!
National Geographic Kids Look and Learn: In My Garden (Look & Learn)
National Geographic has created a beautiful and practical resource for kids who are ready to plant a vegetable garden.
In a Garden
Little gardeners love this pretty, simple picture book and read-aloud pages. Suitable for ages 3 through 6.
Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids
This book shows how simple it is to grow a garden regardless of where you live!
It's fun to have a tea party in the garden! Join Gracie for this fun adventure.
The Little Gardener (Teenie Greenies)
This interactive board book is great for early learners!
Eddie's Garden: and How to Make Things Grow
Learn all the things that help to make a garden grow.
The Happy Garden : Ebook for children, stories about the garden animals, flowers, vegetables.
This cute book for kids even talks about all the fun small animals that are hiding out in the garden.
The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun
These pages are full of super fun gardening projects for the kids!
Looking for a gardening book for your grandchildren? When a family shares the love of gardening, it's a special bond.
Herbal Adventures: Backyard Excursions and Kitchen Creations for Kids and Their Families
With a focus on herb gardens, this family fun book is a great way to explore the garden together.
Two Little Gardeners (Little Golden Book)
Read along this fun journey about a brother and sister who grow a garden.
Garden Journal for Kids: Vegetable Garden Log Book for Children with Prompted Pages to Track Plant Growth and Learn about Growing Vegetables
Let the kids write about their own garden experience with this garden journal.
The Vegetables We Eat
In my experience, kids who grow their own vegetables are more likely to eat them without a fuss.
Goats In The Garden
These wacky goats are eating up the garden area! What will they do to stop them?
Jayden’s Impossible Garden
Do you have a community garden in your area? Building a community garden might seem impossible, but is it really?
This is a great list.
I was very much drawn to the Herbal Adventures book! I love that kind of thing, and it really looks like a book that a kid (or anyone) could learn a ton from! I may order it for our home (for me and the boys, lol)
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