Nature and Gardening Books for Children
Discover the benefits of having children involved in gardening. Explore a list of wonderful fiction and non-fiction gardening books for children to promote a love of nature.
Gardening Books for Children
Are you lucky enough to have a school garden or a space to grow plants? Maybe you have a gardening club. If so, take advantage of this to connect your students and budding young gardeners with nature and the surrounding environment.
Using Gardening Books to Promote a Love of Nature
There are many benefits to having children involved in gardening which you can find listed below. If you don’t have an outdoor garden at your school read the suggested picture books about gardens to promote a love of nature with your students.
- The results of gardening do not happen overnight so your students will learn responsibility, patience and focus. They will only get visual results if they put in the effort to care for the plants.
- Gardening in schools encourages cooperation and social skills. Students must work together to plant and care for the garden.
- Your students will learn about different plants, fruits and vegetables and the caring process involved. This leads to learning more about how the weather effects gardening and insects and birds drawn to the garden.
- Working outdoors in a garden promotes physical activity and a more healthy lifestyle. Children are more likely to eat foods they have grown themselves.
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Suggested Gardening Books for Children
A Child’s Garden by Michael Foreman
In an environment of war and poverty, a home is turned into rubble. But a boy sees hope in a small green shoot growing towards the sun. He gently encourages the plant to grow, creating a garden of hope and harmony.
The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler
The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton
A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park by Ashley Benham Yazdani
In 1858, the fast-growing New York City gets some green space with the creation of Central Park. The book includes biographies of Vaux and Olmsted who designed this amazing outdoor space.
Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood by Tony Hillery
The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes
The Night Gardener by Terry Fan
William wakes to see a tree had transformed into an owl. This was followed by a cat, a rabbit, a parakeet and an elephant. One night William spots the Night Gardener, who invites William to help. The change in seasons erases all evidence of the Night Gardener, but William and the neighbourhood are changed forever.
Ojiichan's Gift by Chieri Uegaki
Mayumi’s grandfather created a Japanese garden with different sized stones rather than grass and flowers. Every summer Mayumi helps her Ojiichan tend the garden. When Ojiichan becomes too old to care for his home, Mayumi uses her perseverance and initiative to keep the garden’s memory alive for both of them.
The Secret Garden by Claire Freedman
After the death of her parents in India, a young girl is sent to live in Yorkshire at the home of her uncle. Alone and bad-mannered, she explores the estate and discovers a neglected and secret garden. With the help of a young gardener, she makes new friends and returns the garden to its former glory.
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
Discover the different worlds above and below the earth. Up above you will find plants, vegetables, fruits and leaves. Down below we see all the animals who make their home in a garden.
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These gardening book suggestions will motivate all would-be gardeners, not just the green-fingered ones. Check out this PBS article about how gardening affects a child's brain, body and soul.
Do you have a school garden or gardening club? Let me know about it in the comments below!
Do you have any favourite picture books about gardens or the outdoors in your classroom? Let me know in the comments below. It would be great to have a selection of recommended books to choose from when I update this post.