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10 Fun and Educational Garden Books for Kids: Inspire a Love for Reading and Nature

parents and teachers Oct 11, 2023

Gardening is not only a wonderful way to connect with nature but also a fantastic opportunity to instill a love for reading in children. By combining the joys of gardening with the magic of storytelling, these 10 fun and educational garden books for kids will captivate young minds and inspire a lifelong appreciation for both literature and the natural world. So, grab your little ones and embark on a literary gardening adventure!

Here is a link to my favorite book picks in one place:

You can find all the books we talk about below, and more, in there. I hope this is helpful!










1. Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn:

Join Lola as she discovers the joy of planting and nurturing her very own garden. This heartwarming story encourages children to explore the wonders of nature and learn about the importance of patience and perseverance.


2.  How Does a Seed Sprout?: Life Cycles with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle:

Eric Carle's beloved character, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, takes young readers on a journey through the fascinating life cycle of a seed. This interactive book teaches children about the magic of growth and transformation.


3.  The Little Gardener (Teenie Greenies) by Jan Gerardi:

 In this delightful board book, children will meet a little gardener who tends to his plants with love and care. Through colorful illustrations and simple text, young readers will learn about the basics of gardening and the importance of nurturing living things.


4.  I Can Grow a Flower (Life Cycle Board Books) by DK:

DK's interactive board book introduces children to the wonders of plant life cycles. With lift-the-flap features and engaging illustrations, this book allows kids to explore the different stages of a flower's growth while learning about the essential elements plants need to thrive.


5. Gardening for Kids: Learn, Grow, and Get Messy with Fun STEAM Projects by Brandy Stone:

This hands-on guide is perfect for young gardeners who love to get their hands dirty. Packed with fun STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) projects, this book encourages children to explore the scientific principles behind gardening while having a blast.


 6. GROW: How We Get Food from Our Garden (Food Books for Kids) by Karl Beckstrand:

In this informative book, children will discover the journey food takes from the garden to their plates. With engaging illustrations and simple explanations, young readers will learn about the importance of sustainable gardening practices and the benefits of growing their own food.


7. Gardening for Kids: An Easy Step-by-Step Parents Guide to Growing Fruits, Vegetables, and Flowers with Your Children by Isabella Woods:

Designed for parents and children to enjoy together, this comprehensive guide provides step-by-step instructions for growing a variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. With practical tips and helpful advice, this book is a perfect resource for families looking to embark on a gardening adventure.


8. Let's Get Gardening by DK:

Let's Get Gardening is a fantastic introduction to gardening for young children. With beautiful photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, this book covers everything from planting seeds to caring for plants, making it an ideal choice for budding green thumbs.


9. We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines:

Written by HGTV star Joanna Gaines, this enchanting story follows the Gaines family as they learn valuable lessons about teamwork, patience, and resilience through their gardening journey. With stunning illustrations and a heartfelt message, this book is sure to inspire young readers.


10. The Big Book of Nature Art (The Big Book Series, 7) by Yuval Zommer:

While not solely focused on gardening, this captivating book encourages children to explore the natural world through art. Filled with creative ideas and stunning illustrations, The Big Book of Nature Art will inspire young artists to incorporate elements from their garden into their artwork.


To find all these books you can go to my "Favorite Books for Kids" on Amazon here:


These 10 fun and educational garden books for kids offer a perfect blend of storytelling and gardening knowledge. Whether your little ones are just starting their gardening journey or already have green thumbs, these books will ignite their curiosity, foster a love for reading, and deepen their connection with nature. So, grab a book, head to the garden, and let the magic unfold!