Essential Gardening Books for Kids

I’m so glad you joined me today.

I have a big list of some of my favorite gardening books to teach and inspire the little ones.

And no, they are not really essential, but they are good activity starters and worth checking out of the library.

Linnea’s Windowsill Garden by Bjork and Anderson.

Charmingly drawn Linnea invites you to join her gardening adventures. This offers lots of information in an entertaining way. Elementary and young tween appropriate. You may already be familiar with Linnea in Monet’s Garden. Yup, I recommend that one, too.

Vegetables in Patches and Pots: A Child’s Guide to Organic Vegetable Gardening by Lorelie Miller Mintz.

Black and white illustrations. Seems to offer a well rounded approach. Everything from planning and placement to problems and pest. I’m guessing a 4th grade reading level.

Best Kids Garden Book by Sunset Publishers

Typical Sunset Publishers- you probably have something by them already. Color photos and illustrations. A nice beginner guide.

Grow It for Fun by Robson and Bailey

Color photo heavy. Little project for rainy days. Mushroom, air gardens, bottle gardens, etc.

Growing Things by Morris and Morris

Nice, short beginner guide. Color photos and illustrations. Glossary, resources, further reading, plant anatomy along with projects.

Kids Garden: The Anytime, Anyplace Guide to Sowing & Growing Fun by Hart and Mantell

From Williamson Publishing Kids Can series. I love all the books in this series on any subject, gardening, crafts, cooking, science. Black and white line illustrations. Loads of projects and simple explanations. These are also the people that publish the Little Hands series for 2-6 year olds. Warning: these series are addictive. Keep a sharp eye out for them at library book sales, because you’ll go broke when you realize you want everything they publish.

The Youth Gardening Book: A Complete Guide for teachers, Parents and Youth Leaders by Lynn Ocone

Fantastic! Truly complete. I also recommend this for any adult beginner gardener. Love, Love Love it! Super hard to find.

For some vegetable container gardening ideas to get students diggin’ in check the beginner gardening category to the right. Encourage your students to leave a comment and let us know how they’re growing.

What is your favorite kid’s gardening book?

I loved The Secret Garden. And I wore through an entire Anne of Green Gables box set. I still ache to visit Prince Edward Island. Oh yes, and I actually referred to Farmer Boy the first time I planted potatoes.

Oh, and for little ones … Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. I have a crazy amount of soft fruit in my garden from reading Jamberry every night of my son’s childhood so far.

What is your favorite garden inspiration literature?

Need some container gardening ideas? Click any of the articles below.

4″pot vegetables

Vegetables for a 6″ pot

8-10″pot vegetables

Hanging Basket Vegetables

Windowsill Herbs

Strawberries for the Apartment Dweller or Suburbanite


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  1. […] Essential Gardening Books for Kids. This list not only names some great gardening books to use in school, each is accompanied by an age level and what is special about the book. […]

  2. […] Essential Gardening Books for Kids. Get a list of great gardening books to use in school that includes age level and why the book is recommended. […]

  3. Great – I love using gardening books with the kids. Most in Year 3 have never grown their own plant before – so I need to constantly inspire them to grow plants and find out how they grow. Top blog – keep it up!

  4. This is a nice list of books for beginners and Old Timers.I will check them out for sure. Thanks again, Marie

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  6. (sigh)
    I bet it is beautiful in the spring.
    Thanks for stopping by.
    (Neighbor Nancy hands you a warm Philadelphia sticky bun)

  7. This is a terrific list of books and thanks for the added resource links. We love to garden and I too ache to visit Prince Edward Island!

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