Grow your child’s love for gardening with these charming books. Gorgeous butterflies, helpful worms, a rainbow of flowers, an introduction to gardening, sweet stories about making memories are enough to keep the young ones captivated. Go through the section-wise list to find the best books for toddlers to tweens.

15 Gardening Books For Kids

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Board Books

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The Little Gardener teaches babies and toddlers how to be a gardener. Lift the flap one by one and find out how a garden grows, from this board book.

Shovel, rake, food, rain, sun, water – it is all there. The illustrations are adorable, with one word on each page. (Ages 1-3 years)

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Who’s in the Garden? Meet the wonderful creatures that come to visit a garden. Kids would love to peek through the hole and see the animal on the next page.

This also gives children an opportunity to identify the animals before finding out the names next. The board book is sturdy enough to withstand wear and tear from babies and toddlers. (Ages 1-4 years)

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Nana’s Garden Join a little girl as she spends her Sundays making memories in her Nana’s garden. Picking juicy red tomatoes, counting white daisies, scooping up caterpillars – perfect for some family bonding.

The story is simple and fun to read, with one sentence on each page of the book. (Ages 3-6 years)

Picture Books

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Lola Plants a Garden Young Lola wants to plant her own garden after reading gardening stories, with her mother. So together they go, buy seeds, dig and plant the seeds. It takes a few days for the sunflower to grow.

But once they bloom, proud Lola invites her friends and has a good time. The simple story with a loving family, is a good introduction to gardening for toddlers. (Ages 2-4 years)

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The Curious Garden Watch a drab and gray city transform into a lush green jungle with lots of plants. Liam, a little boy, finds a small garden, which was almost dying.

He starts taking care of it. With time, the garden grew and spread throughout the city. This beautifully illustrated picture book delivers a very powerful message about taking care of plants, and every help counts. (Ages 3-6)

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Kitty the Cat Plants a Flower Garden Meet the sweet Kitty – the Cat, as she grows flowers with her mother. With fun rhyming and simple texts, the Cat describes her beautiful garden.

A good book to practice reading for beginners. (Ages 3-5 years)

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The Great Garden Escape Join best friends Sally and Billy for a fun-filled day in the garden. The adventure starts when they accidentally fall into the vegetable garden from the fruit garden.

Will the duo be able to solve ten clues to reach the secret gate? Kids will enjoy solving the clues along with the main characters. The rhyming text makes this fictional story a good read-aloud.
(Ages 3-7 years)

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Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt Explore the hidden underground world of a beautiful garden in this nonfiction book. While the part above the soil is full of vegetables, beautiful flowers – the dirt underneath is a different ecosystem altogether.

The illustrations are lovely, and the story takes readers through the life cycle of a garden, by seasons. (Ages 2-5 years)

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Fairy Gardens takes kids for a walk through the magical woods. While passing through the gorgeous garden, one might catch a glimpse or two of fairies.

Children would love the helpful guide on how to make one’s own fairy garden, at the end.

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In a Garden Understand the ecosystem of a garden through a child’s eye. From growing plants to helpful worms and outside visitor who come, it is all there.

The rhyming is easy and fun. The watercolor illustrations are a celebration of a garden in its full glory. (Ages 4-8 years)

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The Hidden Rainbow teaches kids about colors and counting, along with basic gardening vocabulary. All the colors of rainbow are hidden in a stunning garden. Children needs to help the bees find them.

Will little action instructions on each page, this picture book engages kids and makes the reading interesting. (Ages 3-8 years)

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In a Handsome Garden is a heartwarming fictional story about slugs, caterpillars, and a snail. Kids would enjoy watching caterpillars transform into beautiful butterflies.

The story is about friendship and helping each other. Quirky and brilliant artwork with lots of details makes this book a good read for beginner readers. (Ages 5-8 years)

Chapter Books

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In the Garden takes children to the enchanted world of gardening. Lift the flap, peek inside and discover while lies behind in the garden. One by one, each chapter explains the life cycle of a garden, season by season.

Learn interesting facts about different flora and fauna. This quirky colorful book with a fascinating level of detail is suitable for middle graders. (Ages 8-12 years)

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Garden Journal lets kids document their gardening journey. It includes useful tips on soil, seeds, weeds, composting, and suggestions on planting for different seasons.

There is also enough space to make notes do sketches. It is a perfect logbook for beginner gardeners. (Ages 9-12 years)

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Gardening for Kids is full of fun educational gardening projects for tweens. Starting with information to start a beginner garden, to easy hands-on experiments about plants, environment – this one is sure to make learning enjoyable. (Ages 8-12 years)

Also check out these simple and interesting gardening activities for kids.

Watch and listen to the read-aloud of the book LOLA PLANTS A GARDEN, curtesy StoryTime with Ms. CeCe.