As the weather begins to warm, gardeners rejoice. After all, planting season is upon them.
For kids, gardening and reaping the benefits of the bounty they have grown can be just as fun, especially if they take an active role in the gardening process.
To get your children inspired this growing season, here are a few books that teach kids some useful tips as they plan and cultivate their gardens, as well as what to do with the delicious produce they harvest.
Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden
By Renata Brown
“Gardening Lab for Kids” encourages children to enjoy nature by providing 52 plant-related activities set into weekly lessons, which start with learning to read maps to find a grower’s heat zone, followed by learning about seeds, soil, composting and creating garden art. Learning opportunities include botany, ecology, the seasons, food, patience, insects, eating and cooking.
Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants
By Bonnie Worth (author) and Aristides Ruiz (illustrator)
Perfect for younger kids who love the Cat in the Hat, this book examines the various parts of plants, seeds and flowers, as well as basic photosynthesis and pollination.
The Little Gardener
By Jan Gerardi
Littlest gardeners will enjoy this board book that examines how gardening takes more than just seeds and water. By lifting the flaps in this book, children will find all they need to know about creating and caring for their own garden.
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
By Kate Messner (author) and Christopher Silas Neal (illustrator)
Newly published this year, “Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt” explores the dirt that is below the world of green many kids know. Below the ground is a world full of earthworms digging, snakes hunting and other animals making their garden home.
Square Foot Gardening with Kids
By Mel Bartholomew
Budding gardeners will enjoy “Square Foot Gardening,” which reveals all the tips, tricks and projects the author has used to teach children how to build and grow their own kid-sized square foot garden. Easy geometry of a gridded box breaks down gardening into digestible bites and a sequence of tasks teaches kids how to grow plants from seeds.
National Geographic Kids Cookbook: A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure
By Barton Seaver
This kids’ cookbook provides not only the ins and outs of healthy eating, but crafts and activities as well. The author teaches kids how to plant a kitchen garden, host a dinner party and pack the perfect school lunch. Other highlights include ways to play with food, profiles on real people and family cooking competitions.