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Books to Grow Young Gardeners


           So many books are available that inspire future and newbie gardeners of all ages.             They are in your public library and for purchase in stores and online. Here are                 books our Youth Gardening national chair Cheri Kessen – a lifelong educator –             especially likes.

          Some of the books are for adult mentors. Others, teens and young readers will    enjoy. Several are for brand-new readers and read-aloud bonding. Many also are available in audio format and some even have free fun YouTube versions. The links are to Amazon books, for descriptions.



Simple, colorful, easy (beginning readers):


Whose Garden Is It? by Mary Ann Hoberman


Our Community Garden by Barbara Pollak


Plant Secrets by Emily Goodman


The Whole Green World by Tony Johnston


Pie in the Sky by Lois Ehlert



To Be Like the Sun by Susan Marie Swanson


The Vegetable Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta and Bob Thomson


Lady Bugs: Red, Fiery, and Bright by Mia Posada


Wiggle and Waggle by Caroline Arnold

Nibbles, A Green Tale by Charlotte Littleton


Intermediate reading level:

Down to Earth: Garden Secrets! Garden Stories! Garden Projects You Can Do!  by Michael J. Rosen


The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin


Roots, Shoots, Buckets, & Boots by Sharon Lovejoy


The Plant-and-Grow Project Book by Ulla Dietl


Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America by Kathi Appelt

Kids in the Garden: Growing Plants for Food and Fun by Elizabeth McCorquodale


Mentoring, resources, adult readers:

Worms Eat Our Garbage: Classroom Activities for a Better Environment by Mary Applehof, Mary Frances Fenton and Barbara Loss Harris


A Child’s Garden:  60 Ideas to Make Any Garden Come Alive for Children by Molly Dannenmaier


Growing with Gardening: A Twelve-month Guide for Therapy, Recreation, and Education by Bibby Moore         


Hollyhocks and Honeybees: Garden Projects for Young Children by Sara Starbuck, Marla Olthof and Karen Midden

The Youth Gardening Book: A complete guide for teachers, parents, and youth leaders by Lynn Ocone    No image available


The Children’s Kitchen Garden: A book of Gardening, Cooking, and Learning by Georgeanne and Ethel Brennan

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