Grow,  Raise

Our 5 Favorite Toddler/Preschool Gardening Books

I have a book addiction. It started when I was just a child myself – we had a spare bedroom at our house with built-in bookshelves and I made it almost a mission to fill them. When a used bookstore opened locally, the children’s section was well stocked thanks to me.

I want to make sure that my son enjoys reading. While he doesn’t necessarily have as much of a love for reading as I do, I want to make sure that he does find pleasure in having a book in his hands. So we make it a point to read at least one book every day. I like to try to pick out themes, usually related to the seasons or something else going on in our lives. Since we recently planted our garden, I wanted to share with you our current favorite books for young children revolving around gardening!

Side note: I always try to find books first at our local library. Since it is a little on the small side, I sometime struggle finding specific titles. If I want to own a book, I’ll usually look on eBay or ThriftBooks for a used version of that book. If all else fails, then I typically turn to Amazon.

Our 5 Frequently Read Gardening Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth‘ by Mary McKenna Siddals (brilliantly illustrated by Ashley Wolff). It’s a rhyming book that gives you all sorts of ideas of what to include in a compost heap to create a rich, healthy soil. I’m happy to say that I almost have it completely memorized. Caleb tends to pick this one out most often.

If you visit Ms. Siddals website, she has a wealth of information and lesson plans about composting (check it out).

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt‘ by Kate Messner (illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal).

This is one of the books I select most often when given the option. I love the illustrations in this book. It really has such a homey, comfortable feel for me. Caleb enjoys staring at each of the pages and finding all of the little details.

We have another of Kate Messner’s books as well that we love!

Sunflower House by Eve Bunting (illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt).

We actually don’t own this book but it’s one of our favorites to check out from the library. This book is a great way to introduce the wonders of the plant growth process and the responsibility of caring for things that grow. It is my hope that we are able to create our own sunflower house next Summer.

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston (illustrated by Sylvia Long).

We own quite a few of books by Ms. Aston and love them all. Beautifully illustrated, this book is full of interesting facts and drawings perfect for a wide range of ages. With my 2 1/2 year old, we can simply look at the drawings and talk simply about seeds. As he ages, this book allows us to go a bit further into things like germination, pollination, and photosynthesis.

Secrets of the Vegetable Garden by Carron Brown (illustrated by Giorando Poloni).

Originally purchased from Usbourne Books, this book is a shine-a-light book (meaning if you hold it up to the light or hold a light behind the page, something will appear) which makes it a great interactive book for us in the evenings for when we are hiding in the tent.

It’s a simple book but holds a wide array of small details and secrets for us to uncover about what lurks in a vegetable garden.

These are only a few of our favorite gardening books. I could go on-and-on, but we don’t have all day, right?

I’d love to hear what some of your favorite garden-inspired books for children are!