One of the greatest joys of Spring for our family is planning our vegetable garden. Everyone gets to have input and dreaming of the harvest to come helps our children to be invested in the garden work that is ahead.
Children are wonderfully creative and have bright, vibrant imaginations. They are often fearless when choosing plants and eager to express themselves in the garden. Because we adore books almost as much as we love seeds and plants, we’ve put together a list of essential reads that can help pique a little one’s interest in growing food and flora. Some of these are well loved classics, while others are newer finds to be cherished for years to come. The stories and illustrations are captivating, lush and inspiring – they’re also lots fun and a bit silly (and who doesn’t love that once in a while!)..
In no particular order of preference, here are our top picks for garden books that littles and grown-ups alike can enjoy! We’ve linked these books to a stockist but they’re also available at most libraries.
–The Carrot Seed; story by Ruth Krauss, illustrations by Crockett Johnson
–The Giving Tree; Shel Silverstein
–Plant the Tiny Seed; Christine Matheson
–Tokyo Digs a Garden; story by Jon-Erik Lappano, illustrations by Kellen Hatanaka
–Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book; Britta Teckentrup
–The Night Gardener; The Fan Brothers
–A Seed Is Sleepy; story by Dianna Huts Aston, illustrations by Sylvia Long
–Looking for Ladybug in Plant City; Katherina Manolessou
If you have any favourites we’ve left out on this list, be sure to let us know so we can share in the joys of books and gardening!