Getting Kids into Gardening: 10 Board and Picture Books + 2 Activity Guides

I spent a bunch of time in the garden this weekend, which got me thinking about how kids can be introduced to gardening – both the joy of it and the science.

The best way to learn is often by doing, but when children are very young it can also be helpful to introduce concepts through books. Here are 10 board books and picture books to try with your kids, plus 2 activity guides for when they’re ready to get their hands dirty.

1.

Planting a Rainbow
by Lois Ehlert
Ages 1 – 3

2.

The Tiny Seed
by Eric Carle
Ages 3 and up

3.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
by Kate Messner
Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
Ages 5 – 8

4.

Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants
by Bonnie Worth
Illustrated by Aristides Ruiz
Ages 4 – 8

5.

Jack’s Garden
by Henry Cole
Ages 4 – 8

6.

One Bean
by Anne Rockwell
Illustrated by Megan Halsey
Ages 3 – 6

7.

Garden Wigglers: Earthworms in Your Backyard
by Nancy Loewen
Illustrated by Rick Peterson
Ages 4 – 9

8.

From the Garden: A Counting Book About Growing Food
by Michael Dahl
Illustrated by Todd Ouren
Ages 4 – 8

9.

The Curious Garden
by Peter Brown
Ages 3 – 6

10.

My Garden / Mi Jardin (English and Spanish Edition)
by Rebecca Emberley
Preschool and up

Ready to get your kid out there exploring the wonders of gardening?
Here are 2 activity guides:

1.

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children
by Sharon Lovejoy

2.

Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden (Hands-On Family)
by Renata Fossen Brown

Do you and your kids have a favorite gardening activity? Please share in the comments section. I’d love to hear about how you teach while playing in the dirt.

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