23 of the Best Gardening Books for Children
This post describes the many 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.
Suggested Gardening Books for Children
The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler
The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton
Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood by Tony Hillery
The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes
The Night Gardener by Terry Fan
Ojiichan's Gift by Chieri Uegaki
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.
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