Instill the value of growing gardens, taking care of nature, and nourishing the soil! Here are the best children’s books about gardening.
Over the last few years, my family and I have been experimenting with gardening in our backyard. We’re “serious” enough to get raised beds and tick off all the right requirements to actually grow food (sun, soil, season, and spacing).
Before that, we’ve had many dismal fails, from growing one measly tomato out of four plants to seeing all our kale seedlings get munched to the ground. But we’ve also had our wonderful surprises, like eating peas fresh from the vine to plucking radishes from the ground.
Even living in an apartment didn’t stop us from learning about gardening and the plant cycle. We planted in containers and grew vegetables in pots along our patio.
Sure, we ended up buying a 12″ pot, two bags of soil, and plant food just to grow one Swiss chard. But that’s what’s awesome about gardening. There’s no “purpose” other than the delight of watching a seed grow into vegetables. The kids get to see the growth process, from seed to harvesting from the soil. They anticipate the day we get to finally reap our produce and start anew.
Every year, I learn something new from our own garden (this year’s lesson: don’t plant summer crops until overnight temperatures are at least 50 degrees!). We’re growing strawberries, blueberries, lemons, and figs. And our vegetable garden will soon be filled with tomatoes, corn, peppers, to include in our recipes.
Plus, here’s the best part: my kids look forward to eating meals cooked with our vegetables. Nothing gets them more excited about eating vegetables than growing and planting them.
Children’s books about gardening
As usual, I like to reinforce what we’re learning with books about the growth of a plant from seed germination to harvest. We learn about the seasons of the year and how they impact our food and gardens. Some gardening books even give tips on just what you need to grow the vegetables you place on your table.
If you’re looking for children’s books about gardening for toddlers and little kids, you’ve come to the right place. Check out my top selections below for young readers.
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