16 Picture Books About Gardening

Summer is here! It’s time to sow seeds and watch them grow. Here are some of our favorite children’s gardening books in honor of the current time of year.

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

Ever wondered what goes on beneath a garden? Readers are taken through the life cycle of dirt in Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, looking at the changes that occur with each season.

  1. Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn

Reading a book of poetry about gardening gives Lola the idea to start her garden. She learns that the secret to a fruitful garden is patience.

  1. The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

When Liam decides to take care of one young garden, his efforts are felt throughout the city. He makes the world more vibrant and green.

  1. Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano

Tokyo has seen a sharp drop in its region’s green space. He decides to sow the seeds that were given to him. The seeds sprout and start to take over the metropolis overnight. He needs to find a solution that helps the entire community.

  1. The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

An impressionable young Chinese American girl longs for her family’s garden to match their neighbor’s. The unsightly veggies her family raises irritate her. She would want to have lovely flowers. She discovers, however, that those unattractive veggies constitute a vital gift to her community come harvest time.

  1. Secrets of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

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Alice is documenting the spring garden for her family. Her observations shed light on the growth of the plants and the insects and birds that visit.

  1. The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

Lydia visits the city to stay with her uncle during the Great Depression and brings a suitcase full of seeds. She plants those seeds, and when they grow, they start to alter the appearance of her uncle’s bakery.

  1. Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

The gardening process is described in Planting a Rainbow, from seed planting to full bloom.

  1. If You Hold a Seed by Elly MacKay

Dreams are cultivated with love and patience, just like actual gardens.

  1. Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden by Edith Pattou

The exceptional educators who sow the seeds, foster the growth, and aid in blossoming young brains are honored in Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden.

  1. Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals

Compost Stew describes the composting procedure, its advantages for gardening, and its effect on the environment.

  1. Green Bean! Green Bean! by Patricia Thomas

A young gardener plants one green bean seed and follows the plant’s development throughout the four distinct seasons.

  1. From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons

The science of how seeds develop into flowers, plants, trees, or food is examined in the book From Seed to Plant.

  1. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

The development of flowers from seeds is chronicled in The Tiny Seed.

  1. And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

A young gardener intends to start a garden in the spring since he is tired of the gloomy winter. He patiently awaits its development and enjoys its blossom.

  1. Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

As a gift for her mother, a young girl and her father created a garden of vibrant flowers.

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