When children read books that include science topics, they don’t even realize they are learning! A fun picture book or story that teaches about plants and gardening is a fun way to pique your child’s interest and get them wanting to learn more. These 15 books are our top picks for teaching kids all about flowers, trees, and all things plant related.
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Picture Books about Plants
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – The classic bestseller about a tree who loves a boy and gives him everything she has.
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle – The story of the life cycle of a flower, as told by a tiny seed.
Plantzilla by Jerdine Nolen – A story of a Venus flytrap that stays over at a 3rd grader’s house for the summer. What could go wrong?
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn – Perfect for preschoolers who want to learn about planting seeds.
We are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines – Inspiring book from Joanna Gaines tells how to overcome obstacles in gardening (and life).
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner – Beautifully illustrated and takes you through the life cycle of a garden.
Curious George Plants a Tree by H.A. Rey – A fun Curious George tale of planting trees and recycling.
Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson – A cute interactive book for young readers.
A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Aston – Beautiful illustrations and poetic text.
Nonfiction Books about Plants and Gardens
Oh Say Can You Seed? by Bonnie Worth – The Cat in the Hat examines flower parts and the life cycle.
Perfectly Peculiar Plants by Chris Thorogood – A collection of weird and unusual plants that are fun to read about.
How Plants Grow by Dona Herweck Rice – TIME for Kids book on the basics of plant life.
Seed to Plant by Kristin Baird Rattini – National Geographic Kids book with beautiful photographs to engage young readers.
The Tree Book by Gina Ingoglia – Answering kids’ tree questions in an easy to understand way.
The Amazing Life Cycle of Plants by Kay Barnham – Explore the plant journey from seed to sapling and beyond.
Beyond Books: Hands-On Plant Education
After reading these fun children’s books about plants, your little gardeners may want to grow a few plants of their own!
Kids of all ages enjoy watching things grow, so why not consider a kid-sized greenhouse kit to start at home?
Even more fun than just growing plants is growing plants that you can EAT! A pizza herb growing kit that includes basil, oregano, and arugula is fun and yum!
This maze planter lets you experiment with your plants and even see the roots as they grow!
For even more plant-based knowledge, check out the online exhibits at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Have fun learning!