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15 Cute Gardening Books for Preschoolers

Share the joy of gardening with these 15 adorable gardening books for preschoolers (plus a few bonus books for the slightly older young gardener!)

gardening books for preschoolers

My daughter is just about at that age where she really loves reading with me. For a while there I thought she might just be meant for parkour or extreme sports, but lately she’s down to sit for a few minutes while we read. And since we both love gardening, I went looking for gardening books for preschoolers and was not disappointed! A really simple one that we love is Growing Vegetable Soup, but here are 15 of our favorites, plus a few bonus books for the slightly older readers in your life.

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Our mostly official list of favorite gardening books for preschoolers

 

gardening books for preschoolers

1. The Little Gardener

The Little Gardener (Teenie Greenies), by Jan Gerardi (Ages 0-3), is a lift-the-flap book, making it ideal for curious young readers. 

 

gardening books for preschoolers

2. Planting a Rainbow

The colorful and fun Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert (Ages 0-3), is a great introduction to colors, flowers, and learning how patience can be rewarding – especially in the garden.

 

gardening books for preschoolers

3. Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet (Mrs. Peanuckle’s Alphabet), by Mrs. Peanuckle (Ages 0-3), is a smorgasbord of colors, letters, and vegetables. And I can vouch for at least one preschooler who is excited about eating her vegetables, thanks in part to this book. 

gardening books for preschoolers

4. The Tiny Seed

You simply can’t go wrong with an Eric Carle book, and The Tiny Seed (The World of Eric Carle) (Ages 2-5) is as wonderful as any of them. All the classic artwork and themes of growth and perseverance are here. Carle’s books belong in every child’s library, but if you want gardening books for preschoolers, this is the Eric Carle book for you.

 

 

gardening books for preschoolers

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5. Lola Plants a Garden

Lola Plants a Gardenby Anna McQuinn (Ages 2-5), is an adorable story about young Lola’s inspiration to grow her own flower garden after reading poems about flowers. 

gardening books for preschoolers

6. Edible Colors: See, Learn, Eat

Edible Colors: See, Learn, Eatby Jennifer Vogel Bass (Ages 2-5), isn’t typical among gardening books for preschoolers. The author shows kids (and maybe a few adults) how edible and colorful a garden can be. With real pictures (as opposed to illustrations), Bass shares that tomatoes aren’t always red, corn can be purple, and carrots can be yellow. It’s a great way to learn colors and vegetables, but also about different varieties of vegetables.

gardening books for preschoolers

7. When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Treeby Jamie L.B. Deenihan (Ages 3+), is a delightful read on the importance of slowing down and living life without electronics in hand. There are also plenty of tips for growing a lemon tree, and, of course, a lemonade recipe

gardening books for preschoolers

8. Growing Vegetable Soup

Growing Vegetable Soupby Lois Ehlert (Age 3-5), is a bold colorful board book that the School Library Journal calls “a fresh presentation on the gardening cycle with a joyful conclusion.”

 

gardening books for preschoolers

9. Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth

Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earthby Mary McKenna Siddals (Ages 3-7), helps teach kids the importance of composting and gives them a recipe for starting their own compost stew.

 

gardening books for preschoolers

10. GROW: How We Get Food from Our Garden

GROW: How We Get Food from Our Garden (Food Books for Kids)by Karl Beckstrand (Ages 4-7), is a 30-page journey through the growing seasons, from seed to harvest. 

gardening books for preschoolers

11. Plant the Tiny Seed

Plant the Tiny Seedby Christie Matheson (Ages 4-8), is an interactive book that teaches children how a seed blossoms into a beautiful flower. 

 

gardening books for preschoolers

12. From Seed to Plant

Gail Gibbons has written, illustrated, and published over 170 books. Like most of her books, From Seed to Plant (Ages 4-8) is full of rich colors and simple text that explains how a seed turns into a beautiful plant.

gardening books for preschoolers

13. We Are the Gardeners 

Does We Are the Gardenersby Joanna Gaines (Ages 4-8), belong in a list of gardening books for preschoolers? Yes, but not for the reasons you might think. We all know gardening isn’t always successful, and this book teaches children the important lesson that sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to, but we can learn from our mistakes and try again!

gardening books for preschoolers

14. The Carrot Seed

The Carrot Seed: 75th Anniversary (Rise and Shine)by Ruth Krauss (Ages 4-8), has been in print continuously since 1945. Simple text and colors, along with important lessons about patience and integrity, make this a classic. 

 

gardening books for preschoolers

15. Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Garden Together with Children

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Childrenby Sharon Lovejoy (Ages 4-10), is a hands-on book that will inspire young gardeners to get out there and create the garden of their dreams, including a themed “Pizza Patch” garden!

Bonus books for slightly older gardeners

For a few cute post-preschool gardening books, we love these as well:

gardening books for preschoolers

Seeds and Trees: A children’s book about the power of words

Seeds and Trees: A children’s book about the power of wordsby Brandon Walden (Ages 6-12), is a gorgeous fairy-tale style story about how important our words can be. 

gardening books for preschoolers

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

As adults, we understand how much goes unseen in the garden. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: (Spring Books for Kids, Gardening for Kids, Preschool Science Books, Children’s Nature Books)by Kate Messner (Ages 5-8), gives the stage to the earthworms and insects that help make gardens such a vibrant and life-sustaining part of our world.

 

gardening books for preschoolers

In the Garden

In the Gardenby Emma Giuliani (Ages 8-12), is simply beautiful. This lift-the-flaps book is filled with marvelous details and exciting stories. Kirkus Reviews called the book “visually and conceptually idyllic.” There’s plenty for young readers to discover in this gorgeous gardening book. 

Do you have any favorite gardening books for preschoolers or older readers? Leave your recommendations in the comments. I’d love to hear your suggestions.

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