As a homeschooling family living off the grid, our kids get lots of hands on instruction in all sorts of things. Between foraging, caring for chickens, homesteading and gardening, they're continuously learning. 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 on the lookout for the best kids gardening books.
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How we Use Gardening Books for Kids at Home
When each child reaches 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 and more. And I also use many supplementary resources at this time.
Recently, I've been encouraging the kids to choose their own copywork from their favourite books, novels, and poems. So this works well when we're going through the books about gardening for kids.
Gardening is a Fun Family Activity
Whether you have a small backyard garden, a cinder block garden, or you're gardening to secure your food supply like we are, I know you and your children will love these kids gardening books. (And 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 own garden, and some are stories that are just fun to sit down and read. All of 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.)
Here are 20 books about gardening for kids.
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