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Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole

1-3 grade

Jack tends to a backyard flower garden where the readers enjoy learning about the cycle of a flower. Starting with seedlings to buds forming, insects and birds look on as the flowers reach full bloom. Additionally, the borders have clear, detail drawings of tools, seeds, various insects and flowers.

A Gardener’s Alphabet by Mary Azarian

K-3 grade

An alphabetical look into the gardening world which combines different aspects that are found in a garden. A sampling of the words included is: blubs, greenhouse, manure, prune, underground and weed.

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

1-3 grade

A kid worm describes his daily encounters in the insect world. The reader learns the differences between worms and insects and their roles in nature. Also, the reader sees the worm at school and interacting with spiders, lady bugs and butterflies.

Apple Doll by Elisa Kleven

2-3 grade

Lizzy is scared to start school so she makes a doll from an apple. However, kids begin to tease her. Lizzy and her mother end up preserving the apple doll to prevent the doll from rotting.  Once all the classmates see the preserved doll, they want one too. There are instructions to make your own apple doll just like Lizzy.

Inch by Inch by David Mallett

K-2 grade

Based on the folk song “Inch by Inch”, this book tells readers what is needed to grow a garden. This book focuses on the chain reactions of nature and mother earth. This book has wonderful illustrations that help readers understand how the garden grows.

Alphabet Soup by Scott Gustafson

K-3 grade

Otter has a housewarming party and invites his friends for a potluck. Each animal pal brings a dish to share with the same letter as the animal’s name. For instance, the bear brought bread, the lion brought lentils, and the reptiles brought rutabagas. This book highlights alliteration to go with the animal’s description.

Scarlette Beane by Karen Wallace

2-3 grade

Scarlette becomes a proud owner of a vegetable garden at her family’s house when she turns five. She tends to the garden by pulling weeds, playing in the soil, and eventually planting seeds.  A magical garden soon takes over the space that was her vegetable garden.

Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant

2-3 grade

This book allows readers to learn about the life of a scarecrow over the course of the four seasons. The scarecrow knows he is in the fields to protect the seeds from harmful insects and other predators. He also knows about the weather cycles and is constantly seeing nature at work.

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

K-3 grade

Read your way through the alphabetical world of fruits and vegetables. Ehlert mentions currents, jalapeno peppers, parsnips, star fruit, ugil fruit, and yams. There is a glossary of the fruits and vegetables described in the book.

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

K-2 grade

A father and child set out to grow, plant and tend a vegetable garden. Once the vegetables have grown, they will make vegetable soup to eat. This book has clear pictures that show the multiple stages a plant must go through before becoming a vegetable.

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

1-3 grade

The author discusses the weather cycle in relation to the life of a seed and pollination.  The focus of the book is a group of seeds that travel together through the seasons. Only the smallest and least likely seed ends up becoming a thriving plant. The Hungry Caterpillar is written by the same author.

What if Everyone Did? By Trina Johns

K-3 grade

A simple view of how our actions affect the earth either positively or negatively. The reader is challenged to consider how community engagement might be beneficial for the earth. Also, this book introduces the ideas of reducing, reusing, and recycling materials before automatically throwing things away.

Over in the Garden by Jennifer Ward

K-2 grade

Ants, spiders, and butterflies oh my! This is a basic counting book of insects that might be found living in a garden.  Also featured in the book is the musical score to “Over in the Garden” and a glossary of some of the insects mentioned.

The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons

K-3 grade

This book discusses the types of vegetables that people eat based on what part of the vegetable is eaten.  These types include; blub vegetables, leaf vegetables, and stem vegetables as well as others. The reader will learn the basics of how to create and care for their own vegetable garden.

Jody’s Beans by Malachy Doyle

1-3 grade

Jody and her grandfather plant beans in Jody’s backyard where she cares for the beans over the summer. Jody’s grandfather teaches her how to tend to her bean plant by watering and weeding. They create a teepee for the plants to grow on, too.  Finally, the beans are ready to be picked and eaten.

This Year’s Garden by Cynthia Rylant

2-3 grade

A girl tells readers about the amount of waiting and patience that is involved with caring for a garden. The girl describes how her family’s garden is planned and prepared for each vegetable and fruit. She also discusses how the seasons affect her family’s garden from the dead of winter to the summer harvest. The drawings in the book are very realistic of the vegetables and farm land.

How Groundhog’s Garden Grew by Lynne Cherry

1-3 grade

A hungry groundhog tries to eat vegetables out of squirrel’s garden. However, squirrel begins to teach the groundhog how to plant his own vegetables. The squirrel collects and saves through winter and they plant the seeds in the winter.  Groundhog begins to harvest his own vegetables thanks to the helpfulness of squirrel. Additionally, there is a lot of gardening facts mixed into this delightful picture book.

Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens

K-3 grade

Neighbors, Bear and Hare, become gardening partners where Hare strikes up a deal that Bear cannot refuse. Bear ends up being continually tricked by Hare and his gardening deal. The reader leans about the different parts of vegetables that can be eaten. This book is read vertically which adds to the illustrations and the theme of the tops and bottoms of the plants.

Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie dePaola

K-3 grade

Strega Nona enlists the help of Big Anthony to plant a vegetable garden as she does every year. Big Anthony decides he will plant his own secret garden since he now knows how Strega Nona creates her garden. Big Anthony’s garden produces way more vegetables than he knows what to do with, so he has to find something to do with all the extra vegetables. The illustrations help depict how a garden like Strega Nona’s will look like compared to Big Anthony’s garden.

Pumpkin Circle: The Story of Garden by George Levenson

K-3  grade

This book focuses on the development of a pumpkin seed into a plant, and eventually a jack-o-lantern. There are full-color pictures which adequately capture the life cycle of a pumpkin plant and aid in showing readers what is happening to the plant. The book concludes with simple directions for readers to grow their own pumpkins.

A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds by Jean Richards

K-2 grade

Richards’s has created a wonderful introduction for young readers to seeds and their life cycle. The reader will learn the names of multiple seeds found in everyday fruits and vegetables.  The reader will also grasp the concept that seeds can travel in or on the fruit.  The illustrations also help in understanding the life cycle of a seed.

Two Old Potatoes and Me by John Coy

K-2 grade

A child finds two old potatoes sprouting in a cabinet and her father suggest they should try to grow new potatoes from the two old ones. The story specifies how they prepare the ground by weeding, watering and caring for the plants. After sometime little potatoes begin to grow and soon there is an abundance of potatoes. The pictures are magnificent and definitely add to the overall story line.