Gardening topic books

Gardening topic books for children

Gardening topic books

Gardening topic books for 3-12-year-olds – our recommendations. This list includes library reference books for the Dewey decimal 635 shelves in your school library – including nonfiction practical guides, illustrated nonfiction, picture books, garden-related stories, and real-life stories involving children inspired by gardens. This list includes titles by authors including Melanie Brown, Lizzy Stewart, Abigail Wheatley, A.M. Howell, Gilles Clement and Émilie Vast.

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Gardening topic books for classrooms, school libraries and school gardening clubs – our recommended titles

Wildflower by Melanie Brown

When Daisy opens her petals, superior and aloof Rose steals her moment in the sun, telling her that she’s only a weed. Looking around her, Daisy starts to compare herself to all the other plants she can see in the garden. On the verge of developing a complex, an unlikely ally shows her that Rose isn’t right and that every plant is important and has a purpose. It’s a confidence-building text that will provoke discussion in circle time. There’s startling imagery, with almost fluorescent pastel style illustrations that leap from the page, that will surely grab the attention of any younger reader in EYFS and KS1 aged 3-7. A good book to inspire garden and plant-related creative writing it will also spark lots of ideas for related wall displays and artwork in infant classes.

Wildflower by Melanie Brown

Sam Plants a Sunflower by Kate Petty

This is an ideal book to ignite a passion to plant and grow amongst KS1 pupils. Sam plants sunflower seeds in the garden and the lift-up flaps in the book show what happens to the seeds. With clear text and engaging illustrations from Gruffalo artist Axel Scheffler, this is a must-have book for the spring term in infant classes.

Sam Plants a Sunflower by Kate Petty

There’s a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart

This award-winning book will make children’s imaginations run riot. Nora does not believe that her Grandma has really seen a tiger in their garden. But then strange things begin to happen. The tension builds and builds until the very end of the story. Who was right? Nora or Grandma?

There's a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart

Secret Sky Garden by Linda Sarah

Exploring highly relevant topics including caring for the environment, improving derelict areas, creating green spaces for city dwellers and fostering relationships through working together, this is a book that is highly relevant. Simply told with glorious colour illustrations, Funni turns a concrete roof into a garden in the sky. Not only do the flowers grow, but so does an unexpected friendship.

Secret Sky Garden by Linda Sarah

The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton

In this wonderfully illustrated and inspirational story, Joe lives in a grey city tower block. Dreaming of colourful plants and wildlife, he plants an apple seed. And he waits… An inspiring book about patience and imagination, this story will show younger readers how change can improve people’s lives.

The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton

Sunflower Shoots and Muddy Boots – A Child’s Guide to Gardening by Katherine Halligan

The National Trust collaborated in the publication of this book which is sure to appeal to all young gardeners. Sensibly sturdy, and featuring a wipeable cover to withstand muddy fingers, every colourful page is fun to read. With information about both indoor and outdoor garden activities, the urge to grow a garden den, a magic garden in a plant pot or a garden in a jar will be irresistible.

Sunflower Shoots and Muddy Boots - A Child's Guide to Gardening by Katherine Halligan

Gardening topic books for KS2 – our recommended titles

Gardening for Beginners by Abigail Wheatley and Emily Bone

This is an ideal starter gardening book, packed with information that will help children to feel confident enough to pick up a trowel. The comprehensive sections explain all about garden equipment, watering and pests, and moving on to the exciting part, growing tumbling tomatoes and never-ending nasturtiums, bulbs in a jar and more. A great book for green-fingered pupils in KS2.

Gardening for Beginners by Abigail Wheatley and Emily Bone

Grow: A first guide to plants and how to grow them by Rizanino Reyes

Grow is a book to treasure. With beautiful and intricate illustrations it will inspire young readers to find out more, and then to grow! Containing fascinating profiles of 15 different plants, their history and their uses, there’s also a comprehensive guide on how to grow and nurture them. A great resource for KS2 classrooms.

Grow: A first guide to plants and how to grow them by Rizanino Reyes

The Garden of Lost Secrets by A.M. Howell

This beautifully written chapter book, with rich descriptions and language, will link effortlessly with KS2 cross-curricular topics on WW1 and gardening. Clara is sent to a country estate where her aunt and uncle work. Mystery, secrets, period detail, powerful friendships and pineapples from the garden are skillfully woven into this absorbing and thrilling tale.

The Garden of Lost Secrets by A.M. Howell

How Flowers Grow by Emma Helbrough

This ‘Usborne Beginners’ book is beautifully illustrated and contains simple text that will provoke questions and an eagerness to know more. Featuring abundant facts about pollen, seeds and insects, children will develop an awareness of the wide variety of flowers that grow in different parts of the world.

How Flowers Grow by Emma Helbrough

i-SPY In the Garden: Spy it! Score it!

This book is a practical and fun way to encourage children to put on wellies and explore the garden – and not just their garden, but also gardens when visiting relatives, on holiday or when out walking. Using a multitude of engaging photos and absorbing facts, children will become observant and inquisitive. Each i-Spy find will earn them points and increase their knowledge of local flora and fauna.

i-SPY In the Garden: Spy it! Score it!

From Tiny Seeds: The Amazing Story of How Plants Travel by Émilie Vast

Émilie Vast has created a magical book – one that will be invaluable for classes learning about gardening and the life cycle of plants. It deftly answers questions about how a plant grows and how its fruit and seeds are spread to begin the cycle of life again. Children will find out about bouncing conkers, sticky seeds, flying seeds, exploding seeds and seeds that are eaten.

From Tiny Seeds: The Amazing Story of How Plants Travel by Émilie Vast

A Big Garden by Gilles Clement

This is a big book adorned with amazingly detailed and child-friendly watercolour illustrations. The lyrical text will captivate early readers, leading them month by month through garden planting and harvesting. A particular strength is how this book emphasises the interaction between plants, humans and insects.

A Big Garden by Gilles Clement

The Kew Gardens Children’s Cookbook: Plant, Cook, Eat by Caroline Craig and Joe Archer

Children who are hungry for knowledge will love learning about how to grow their food with this book that’s perfect for KS2. It will make a brilliant addition to a school or classroom library, as well as a welcome addition to the kitchen bookshelf at home. With step by step instructions for planting vegetables in both large and small plots, it explains how to transform your crop into mouth-watering meals. There is also information about all things gardening, including watering, weeding, tools and common insects.

The Kew Gardens Children's Cookbook: Plant, Cook, Eat by Caroline Craig and Joe Archer

RHS Let’s Get Gardening by DK

Full of irresistible projects for children, this book features vibrant illustrations, short chunks of text and explanatory photos. It will help children get to grips with not just gardening, but also the concepts of conservation and recycling; encouraging bees and butterflies; and fun ideas such as plant pot wellies and ladybird houses.

RHS Let's Get Gardening by DK

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About Jan Tolkien

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Jan Tolkien is an educational consultant and literacy expert based in North Yorkshire with extensive experience in a wide variety of settings. A teacher with over 30 years as a classroom practitioner, she is also a reviewer of books for children, a copywriter, resource writer and a proofreader.