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Gardening With Toddlers

Books to read with your little ones to grow a love of gardening

Published on: May 16, 2022

Father and young child working in a garden bed together

Editor's note: This article was originally published on the Seattle Public Library's Shelf Talk Blog and is republished here with permission.

We made a small garden space for my kiddo to play in to get him involved in the growing of things. It’s still mostly dirt play and mud making, which is a delight, but by planting that seed I hope his love for gardening grows as he gets older. Here are a few books in our collection that we’ve added to story time at home to get him thinking and reading about the garden.

  • Dig In! by Cynthia L. Jenson-Elliott, illustrated by Mary Peterson
    What kid doesn’t love dirt?! This book is all about your child getting their hands dirty and what they will find as they play in the garden.
  • Green Green: A Community Gardening Story by Marie and Baldev Lamba, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez
    This story, told through quick rhymes and colorful pictures, highlights the growth of community and reclaiming green spaces. 
  • A Peaceful Garden by Lucy London, illustrated by Christa Pierce
    Two kitties plan and create their peaceful garden while giving kids tips and tricks to make one themselves.
  • Thank You, Garden by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Simone Shin
    Another rhyming read for young listeners, this book tells a tale of a community garden and all that grows there.
  • Goodnight, Veggies by Diana Murray, illustrated by Zachariah OHora
    This adorable bedtime story will put your veggies (and child) to sleep.

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