5 Best Children’s Books About Gardening Update 05/2022

Children's Books About Gardening

Some people may think technology is important when they talk about the best ways to teach and entertain kids in this century. Our own foundation has written blog posts recently about apps for smartphones and tablets that can teach kids about healthy eating and organic gardening and farming. When it comes to getting the world’s kids excited about learning, this technology will be a big part of it. But another way to reach them is through books. Putting a child to sleep with pleasant thoughts in their head while their brains work through the night is a good way to help them learn. It’s great to wonder what your child is doing when there is no noise coming from their room, but when you go to check, you find them reading a good book with their legs crossed. As a result, the Plant a Seed Foundation has written a blog post today that lists a few books that will get your kids interested in organic gardening at a young age.

5 Recommended Organic Gardening Books for Kids

1. From Seed to Plant (Gail Gibbons –Holiday House)

From Seed to Plant (Gail Gibbons –Holiday House)

From Seed to Plant is a book for kids ages 5 and up who want to learn about gardening in a way that’s easy to understand. The book talks about plant reproduction, seed dispersal, pollen transfer, seed germination, and more in a way that makes your kids excited to learn. Illustrations by the author are very colorful, very bold, and very detailed. Labels with clear and detailed text appear on every single page. The pace of the book makes it easy for kids to read along in a logical and flowing way, with page-turn signals for those at the youngest end of the age range. From Seed to Plant is a great book for teaching young people about how seeds and plants work together.

2. The Curious Garden (Peter Brown –Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

It has the tagline “One boy’s quest for a greener world… one garden at a time.” This is a heartwarming story about a boy’s search for a greener world, one garden at a time. Readers between the ages of 3 and 6 are taken on a journey that starts with the discovery of a garden on its last legs. Liam is a little boy who lives a normal life. The good-hearted person decides to help this garden, giving it the daily attention it needs to grow again. During the time that he has his garden, everything around him starts to become greener and brighter. The landscape and sky become more lush and colorful as well. The Curious Garden is a beautiful book that draws the attention of any child who opens it up to the first page.

3. Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots (Sharon Lovejoy –Workman Publishing Company)

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots (Sharon Lovejoy –Workman Publishing Company)

 

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Activities to Do Together in the Garden gives parents and kids of all ages a dozen ideas for themed gardens that are both fun and easy to do. Using her own watercolors, author Sharon Lovejoy has made the book look like a beautiful mosaic. Readers are taken on a gardening adventure that includes planning, recipes for plants, and growing instructions, all of which are laid out in a step-by-step manner. This book not only talks about the idea of planting and growing, but there are also a lot of activities to keep you and your child busy. Some of the themes are pizzas and pizza gardens. A pizza garden is a large wheel-shaped garden that is planted in “slice,” with tomatoes, zucchini, oregano, and basil taking their places at the corners. A Flowery Maze is another thing you can grow that will be a beautiful place for kids to play (and get lost) for hours. One of the most interesting themes is Mother Nature’s Medicine Chest, which teaches kids about plants that can be used to treat illnesses at home. Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots is truly a fascinating way to garden.

4. Gardening Lab for Kids (Renata Fossen Brown –Quarry Books)

Kids ages 5 to 12 can learn, grow, and harvest while having fun in a hands-on environment with this book and kit. Each experiment is broken down into a lesson for the next week. When kids learn how to read gardening maps, they can find the best places to plant seeds. In this book, readers learn about how to make soil and compost, as well as how to make art in the garden. The author walks them through the concepts of botany and ecology as they apply to the four seasons, as well as harvesting, eating, and cooking. They truly get into the seed to table method. Gardening Lab for Kids is not only a good book for kids who are interested in gardening at different levels, but the content can be used in both home and community gardens.

5. Plant a Seed & See What Grows (Roland Gahler – Mind Publishing)

The mission of our foundation can be summarized in the pages of this very interesting children’s book. People who write the “Plant a Seed & See What Grows” magazine know that the future of our world is in the hands of young people. If your child has the ability to become one of our planet’s next great minds and leaders, we know that they could be living inside of them right now. Your child or student will not only be encouraged and inspired by this book, but it will also plant the seed for them to grow as a person. Taking your child on a journey with Michael, who was inspired by his mother’s green thumb, as he learns to connect with nature after planting a seed that he found by accident. It helps kids think about what their future might look like and teach them to have a deep respect for the earth, but also to keep their minds open. The Plant a Seed & See What Grows book does both. Click here to buy a copy of the book, or download this PDF to see it before you buy it. All the money raised goes to the Plant a Seed & See What Grows Foundation.

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