Gardening Books for Kids

Summer has almost arrived! Even here in the frequently dreary Pacific Northwest, the sun is shining and we’ve been spending most of our days outside enjoying the backyard as much as possible. Helping in the garden is a great way for kids to spend more time outdoors exercising their minds and bodies. Today I’m pleased to share five awesome gardening manuals for kids. These books are full of entertaining and educational projects that your family can enjoy year-round.

Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy your Garden by Renata Fossen Brown

This entertaining book has step-by-step instructions for plenty of hands-on activities to get kids outside and enjoying nature. Plant a pizza garden, upcycle an old picture frame into a birdfeeder, build a compost bin, create a fairy garden, and so much more! All the projects are simple and inexpensive, and many of them find new uses for items you may already have around the house. The 52 projects are organized into 6 units, which makes this book an excellent tool for homeschoolers.

Garden to Table: A Kid’s Guide to Planting, Growing, and Preparing Food by Katherine Hengel

A must-read for anyone with an interest in gardening or cooking, this information-packed book has six chapters that each focus on one edible plant, including potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, and green beans. With thorough directions and plenty of pictures, the book guides readers through planting, tending, and harvesting these veggies. Once you’ve gathered your hard-earned crops, there are six kid-friendly recipes to make in each chapter. Turn basil into tomato basil soup and basil-lemon cake, harvest your carrots and make pickled carrot sticks and carrot muffins, and use your homegrown lettuce in sushi rolls, sandwiches, and taco salad. Each recipe features step-by-step instructions and full-color photos.

Project Garden: A Month-by-Month Guide to Planting, Growing, and Enjoying All your Backyard Has to Offer by Stacy Torino

Just as the title suggests, this book is divided into twelve chapters, one for each month. Each chapter has a planting guide, recipes utilizing a seasonal fruit or vegetable, and several nature-inspired art and craft projects. Tend to an indoor herb garden in January, make carrot pizza in April, plant a salsa garden in June, make dill pickles in September, and lots more! Perfect for home or the classroom, this book has plenty of year-round garden fun for all ages!

Gardening for Beginners by Emily Bone and Abigail Wheatley

Plenty of colorful, detailed illustrations and simple step-by-step instructions guide first-time gardeners through over 20 planting projects, including several types of flowers, bulbs, vegetables, herbs, and lots more! One of the best things about this book is that you don’t need a yard or garden to enjoy them since they are all grown in containers. A balcony or even a windowsill make the perfect location for any of these fun projects. The book also features an equipment guide, tips on managing garden pests, and directions on making your own compost and plant food.

The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Outside, Dirty and Having Fun by Whitney Cohen and John Fisher

Unlike the previous books on this list, this one is written as a handbook for grownups who wish to get their young charges to experience more of the great outdoors. This helpful guide is full of tips on how to make your garden as kid-friendly as possible, as well as plenty of projects and activities to engage and enlighten your youngest gardening companions. This book would make an excellent gift for a garden-loving grandparent!

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