Dig into Reading: Kid’s Books About Gardening

We’ve been doing our local library’s summer reading program with the minion.  The theme is Dig into Reading, thus this post’s title.  Our goal for the summer is to read her at least one book every day.  We went to the library and picked up a bunch of great kid’s books about gardening.


In the Garden by Elizabeth Spurr

I was surprised at how much I liked this board book.  It’s kind of like a poem with one or two words per page, but it’s cute.

The Giant Seed by Arthur Geisert

A wordless book, but a great story about a community that plants a dandelion seed and it ends up saving them.  I really love that it’s a dandelion, something most people see as a weed.

Cool Tomatoes from Garden to Table by Katherine Hengel

This is a non-fiction book that describes all about how to grow, harvest, and cook tomatoes.  This is part of a series that is great for learning about where our food comes from.

Secrets of the Garden by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

A super cute book about food webs set in the context of a family’s suburban homestead.  The family’s two chickens take the reader on a journey though the backyard to see various food chains and webs.

Dangerously Ever After by Dashka Slater

This one is a little more fantastical, a princess grows a garden with only dangerous plants in it, but she soon learns to love sweet-smelling roses too.  I absolutely LOVED the character design and illustrations of the princess.

I’m a Scientist Backyard by Lisa Burke

This is a collection of science experiments that have to do with the garden.  Not so much a great read, but good ideas for activities to do with kids.

The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons

Gail Gibbons is a go to for science books like this.  This book goes into the variety of sources we get vegetables from as well as gardening and how a farm works.

Ellen’s Apple Tree by Catarina Kruusval

A family loves their apple tree until one day it blows over in a storm.  They replace it and my only problem with this book is that they get an apple that first year.  Otherwise, this book explains what they do with their harvest and how important their apples are to them.

Lily’s Victory Garden by Helen L Wilbur

Lily lives during WWII and grows a victory garden.  A good starting point for talking about the history of gardens.


So that’s our list, keep in mind this was just what our library had so I may have missed your favorite, if I did, leave it in the comments.