The ultimate books to get your children into gardening and growing their own fruit and vegetables
Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes about the magic of storytelling...
Dear Reader. There are lots of fiction and non-fiction books around to get little green fingers growing.
Here's a selection of gorgeous books on gardening...
Sunflower Shoots and Muddy Boots by Katherine Halligan and Grace Easton
This book is packed with brilliant activities and green-fingered ideas, top tips and fascinating facts.
From growing berries and flowers in old hats and welly boots, to making miniature indoor magic gardens or even growing your own secret den, this is the perfect introduction to the absolute delight of growing plants.
RHS Let's Get Gardening by DK
Learn to grow your own vegetables and herbs, attract awesome wildlife such as butterflies and bees, and be a green gardener with lots of recycling tips. Whether you've got a big vegetable patch or just a windowsill, you can grow all sorts of plants with this colourful RHS book.
Packed full of garden activities, this book helps children learn at home as they find out about conservation, recycling and sustainability in simple, practical and hands-on ways.
They will build a mini nature reserve, turn old wellies into plant pots, grow fruit and vegetables that they can really eat, plant a bee-friendly space, create a ladybird sanctuary and much more.
Help nature with every activity and discover the joys of growing plants from seeds. Grab your potting mix and let's get gardening!
The Big Book of Blooms by Yuval Zommer
What does a Venus fly trap eat? How strong is a giant water lily? Does a cactus flower?
This book introduces young children to all kinds of colourful, carnivorous, weird and wonderful flowering plants from around the world.
It opens with introductory spreads on how to be a botanist, how to recognise different types of flowers, the life cycle of a plant, flower anatomy and the seven types of animal pollinators including bats, birds and beetles.
Subsequent spreads, illustrated within various habitats, are dedicated to specific varieties of plants, including the carnivorous Venus flytrap, the giant water lily and the weird and wonderful corpse flower.
Readers will enjoy learning about different edible flowers and why flowers are fragrant or colourful, not to mention grisly details about carnivorous and poisonous flowers.
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal
This sweet book explores the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year.
Up in the garden, the world is full of green leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables and ripening fruit.
But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing and all the other animals that make a garden their home.
In this exuberant and lyrical book, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves and down in the dirt.
The Usborne Book of Growing Food by Abigail Wheatley and Anni Betts
A simple step-by-step introduction to growing food in containers, both inside and out.
Projects include carrots from seeds, climbing cucumbers, edible flowers, popcorn, squashes shaped like flying saucers and much more.
The book includes essential planting techniques and tips on when to water, how to deal with pests and even make your own compost.
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn
How does your garden grow? Book-loving Lola is inspired by a collection of garden poems that she reads with her Mummy.
She wants to plant her own garden of beautiful flowers, so she and Mummy go to the library to check out books about gardening.
They choose their flowers and buy their seeds. They dig and plant. And then they wait.
Lola finds it hard to wait for her flowers to grow, but she spends the time creating her own flower book.
Soon she has a garden full of sunflowers and invites all of her friends for cakes and punch and a story amongst the flowers.
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
Together, a father and child share the joys of planting, watering and watching seeds grow.
A fresh presentation of the gardening cycle with a joyful conclusion, and the added attraction of an easy and tasty recipe for vegetable soup.
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson
When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won't grow.
But when you are very young, there are some things that you just know, and the little boy knows that one day a carrot will come up.
So he waters his seed, pulls the weeds and he waits...