Our Favorite Gardening for Kids Books

Perhaps, when you first think about Summer Homeschooling in the Garden, you don’t think about reading. I mean, you don’t want to get your books dirty, right? However, even when we are homeschooling in the garden, we need a few good books to read.  I am fairly new to gardening myself, so I will be learning right along with the kids this summer.  I have gathered up a few of our favorite books about gardening for kidsgardening for kids books

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Our Favorite Gardening for Kids Books


Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots, presents 12 spirited, easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that parents and kids can grow together. Illustrated throughout by the author’s own lyrical watercolors, each garden includes a plan, the planting recipe — seeds, seedlings, and growing instructions spelled out step-by-step — and activities. There’s the Pizza Patch, a giant-size wheel garden planted in “slices” of tomatoes, zucchini, oregano, and basil. A Flowery Maze to get lost in. A Moon Garden of night-blooming flowers, including a moonflower tent. And Mother Nature’s Medicine Chest. ~from Amazon

Roots, Shoots, Buckets, & Boots by Sharon Lovejoy


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. In this exuberant and lyrical book, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves…and down in the dirt. ~from Amazon

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner


Discover what it takes to become a little gardener with this interactive board book that’s perfect for spring and summertime reading. ~from Amazon

The Little Gardener by Jan Gerardi


This educational and enjoyable book helps children understand how to plant bulbs, seeds, and seedlings, and nurture their growth. Lois Ehlert’s bold collage illustrations include six pages of staggered width, presenting all the flowers of each color of the rainbow. ~from Amazon

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

From apple cores to zinnia heads, readers will discover the best ingredients for a successful compost pile! ~from Amazon

Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals


Have you ever wondered how plants work? Or why we eat the fruit of one plant, but the leaves of another? What’s the big deal about growing things—and how do we decide what we need to grow in the space we have? Discover the whole life cycle of food, from sowing and saving to planning and planting, and—most exciting of all—harvesting the food you’ve grown. In Grow, you’ll get all the inspiration and knowledge you need to get out there and start planting. ~from Amazon

Grow: A Family Guide to Growing Fruits & Vegetables by Ben Raskin

In Square Foot Gardening with Kids, Mel reveals his tips, tricks, and fun projects in one of his most cherished pursuits: teaching youngsters to build and grow a SFG of their own. ~from Amazon

Square Foot Gardening with Kids by Mel Bartholomew

Do you have a favorite book about gardening for kids?


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