Gardening Books for Kids

Gardening Books for Kids

Great stories and informational books all about gardens and gardening for little gardeners.

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Children's Services

Picture Books


Deborah Diesen
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Die)

A mother and child plant flower bulbs in the fall, wait through the winter, and see them bloom in the spring.

Children's Garden: Growing Food in the City

Carole Lexa Schaefer
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sch)

Youngsters explore the sights, smells, sensations, and tastes of growing their own food in a community garden.

The Curious Garden

Peter Brown
(Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Bro)

Liam discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads color throughout the gray city.

Dig In!

Cynthia Jenson-Elliott
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Jen)

A little boy digs, plays, and explores in his garden.

First Peas to the Table

Susan Grigsby
(Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Gri)

Maya and other students in Ms. Hopkins class study techniques used by Thomas Jefferson as they grow pea plants and compete to see whose will produce a bowl full of peas first. Includes an afterword about Jefferson.


Anna Walker
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wal)

When Mae’s family moves from the country to the city, she is sad to leave behind her beloved backyard garden. Before long, she finds a way to start a new garden

The Forever Garden

Laurel Snyder
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sny)

Each day, rain or shine, Honey works in her gardn, and each day, the little girl who lives next door is right by Honey's side.

Grandpa's Garden

Stella Fry
(Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Fry)

Billy learns about gardening from working with his grandfather. Includes gardening tips.

In the Garden with Dr. Carver

Susan Grigsby
(Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Gri)

A fictionalized account of how plant scientist George Washington Carver came to an Alabama school and taught the children how to grow plants and reap the rewards of nature's bounty. Includes factual note about George Washington Carver.

Jo MacDonald had a Garden

Mary Quattlebaum
(Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Qua)

In this version of the classic song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," the farmer's granddaughter plants a garden which provides a place for birds, insects, and other wild creatures to shelter and nest. Book presents facts and activities related to this lively ecosystem.

Lola Plants a Garden

Anna McQuinn
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mcq)

Lola plants a flower garden with her parent's help, and watches it grow.

Ojiichan's Gift

Chieri Uegaki
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ueg)

A Young girl finds a way to give the gift of a traditional Japanese garden back to her beloved grandfather when the family must accept a difficult change.

Plant a Little Seed

Bonnie Christensen
(Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Chr)

Two friends plant seeds in their community garden, then water, weed, wait, and dream as the plants grow until they can be harvested. Includes facts about gardening and harvest festivals.

Plant the Tiny Seed

Christie Matheson
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mat)

Plant a seed to watch it grow. Press on the cloud to make it rain. Jiggle the book to scatter the seeds. Interactive text teaches very young children how flowers sprout and mature.

The Ugly Vegetables

Grace Lin
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lin)

A little girl thinks her mother's garden is the ugliest in the neighborhood until she discovers that flowers might look and smell pretty but Chinese vegetable soup smells best of all.

Yucky Worms

Vivian French
(Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Fre)

While helping Grandma in the garden, a child learns about the important role of the earthworm in helping plants grow.


101 Kid-Friendly Plants

Cindy Krezel
(Juvenile Nonfiction -- J 635 Kre)

This book describes fun plants and family garden projects.


Rebecca Pettiford
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 631.875 Pet)

Early fluent readers learn how organic matter breaks down to create compost, a nutritious soil additive, to help their garden thrive.

Dig In!: 12 Easy Gardening Projects Using Kitchen Scraps

Kari A. Cornell
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 635 Cor)

This large-format book shows kids how they can use kitchen cast-offs to grow new food. For instance, most cooks cut off the top of a pineapple and discard it. But placed in a dish of water, the leafy top will grow roots that can be placed in soil and the new plant may produce a pineapple in two or three years.

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

Jacqueline Briggs Martin
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 921 Allen Mar)

The story of former basketball star and current urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, whose vision of gardening from abandoned urban sites led to a grassroots feeding craze.

First Garden; The White House Garden and How it Grew

Robbin Gourley
(Juvenile Nonfiction -- J 635 Gou)

Tells the story of Michelle Obama's garden, as well as the story of the White House grounds, and the other gardens that came before.

Gardening Projects for Kids

Jenny Hendy
(Juvenile Nonfiction -- J 635 Hen)

Fantastic ideas for making things, growing plants and flowers and attracting wildlife, with 60 practical projects.

How does my Garden Grow?
(Juvenile Nonfiction -- J 635 How)

A collection of gardening activities, scientific experiments, art projects, cooking ideas, and magic tricks helps youngsters learn about the structure and life cycles of plants, as well as offering advice on how to grow their own gardens.

Let’s Garden: A Step-By-Step Introduction

Clara Lidstrom
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 635 Lid)

With colorful drawings and photographs, this book gives step-by-step instructions on a variety of gardening and planting projects.

Nitty Gritty Gardening Book

Kari A. Cornell
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 635 Cor)

Kids can try gardening on a small scale with some big results. Following a thorough introduction, simple directions and attractive photos illustrate three projects for each season, from starting seeds in homemade newspaper pots in spring to growing salad greens in recycled plastic strawberry containers in winter.

Perfectly Peculiar Plants

Chris Thorogood
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 580 Tho)

As you explore these amazing species, gain a foundation of knowledge about the plant kingdom.

Ready Set Grow!
(Juvenile Nonfiction -- J 635 Rea)

Features more than thirty gardening projects and provides step-by-step instructions on aspects from seeding and propagating to pest control and harvesting.

We Are the Gardeners

Joanna Gaines
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 635 Gaines)

A young family learns to grow a garden, describing how they prepared the soil, watered their plants, dealt with theanimals who invaded their garden, and how all their hard work finally paid off as they harvested vegetables and flowers.

What's in the Garden?

Marianne Berkes
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 635 Ber)

Guess what vegetable or fruit this is, growing in the garden! Learn more about it, plus how to eat it in a simple recipe.