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6 Kids Books About Gardening

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Garden Picture Books

Today is the official first day of Spring! To celebrate that I have made of list of books that introduce kids to gardening. The following books are all about seeds and plants grow.

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The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle is a wonderful book for kids. Carried aloft by the autumn wind, the tiny seed, along with other bigger seeds, travels far over the world. the journey is perilous: one of the bigger seeds is burned by the sun; another falls into the ocean; still another is eaten by a bird. Even after those that are left have landed on fertile ground and begun to grow, danger is near: one small plant is stepped on; one little flower is picked; but the tiny seed keeps growing almost unnoticed

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How does a tiny acorn grow into an enormous oak tree? How a Seed Grows  by Helene J. Jordan shows how little seeds become the plants and trees that surround us. This book includes a find out more activity section with a simple experiment encouraging kids to discover what a seed needs to grow. 

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Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner is one of my favorite garden themed picture books.

Up in the garden, the world is full of green—leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home.discover what a seed needs to grow. 

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The Gardener by Sarah Stewart is another one of my favorite garden themed picture books.

Lydia Grace Finch brings a suitcase full of seeds to the big gray city, where she goes to stay with her Uncle Jim, a cantankerous baker. There she initiates a gradual transformation, bit by bit brightening the shop and bringing smiles to customers’ faces with the flowers she grows. But it is in a secret place that Lydia Grace works on her masterpiece — an ambitious rooftop garden — which she hopes will make even Uncle Jim smile. 

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Hare solves his family’s problems by tricking rich and lazy Bear in this funny, energetic version of an old slave story. With roots in American slave tales, Tops & Bottoms celebrates the trickster tradition of using one’s wits to overcome hardship.

I hope you will pick up some of the books on this list, and read them with your kids. Feel free to pass the list on to your friends as well.

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One Comment

  • Connie

    Thanks for the great list! I work with kids in a Youth Master Gardener program and these would be great for me to take a look at for resources.

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