A complete collection of non-fiction and fiction Gardening Books for Kids! Make a garden theme bookshelf for your garden unit.
Let’s explore the nature inspired books from the garden with your child.
Gardening Books for Kids
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I am a FIRM believer in getting kids in the garden to learn and grow. I would also admit that I am a book addict. My Master’s degree is in Reading Education K-12, so you know I’m a fan of reading with and to kids!
In fact, we have thousands of children’s books in our home. I am trying to be better at whittling down our book stash so our home library doesn’t get too overwhelming, but then I find another one to add to our collection.
Our local school library loves me because I donate over 500 books to them each year! Luckily, my 3 kids (ages 1, 4, and 7) are also addicted to books.
We do not own a television and so the kids read often, especially when I am busy cooking dinner! For me books = sanity. When building a collection of books for kids with a gardening theme, you do NOT need a ton of books. I have a bunch because I enjoy them immensely, but I also make use of our library and check many out from there as well.
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In this article, I will explain how I would make a garden theme “love books basket” for our garden unit. This gets kids reading for depth and breadth on a particular topic and encourages them to explore reading for a variety of purposes. I like to display them in a basket and read them for about a month before rotating to the next theme.
You can also make a collection and then loan the collection to a trusted friend for a month too. Then your hard work curating the set can be used by more than one family!
Choose 1-2 “how-to” or “activity” Gardening books such as the ones pictured below.
Add in 4-7 Fiction Gardening Stories
And toss in a bunch of non-fiction text. At least 5 (in my opinion)
Then snuggle in and read with your little ones! Talk about what you are reading, then head outside to the garden!
For more kids in the garden articles, stop by here. Or visit one of these related articles:
Gardening Activities for Kids
Getting Started in 3 Easy Steps by Birute Efe
Cultivating Enthusiasm for Gardening All Season Long by Matthew Hiemstra
I know I have missed a ton of GREAT gardening books for young readers 0-7.
Which book would you add to your gardening book collection?