52 Living Books About Flowers and Gardens for Kids

Spring and summer are the best times to read books about flowers and gardens with kids. Each season begins and ends with new and exciting plants to see, smell, and sometimes even eat!

To help you have plenty of books on hand to last through both growing seasons, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best living picture books about flowers and gardens. Some of the books will have some scientific information here or there, but I really wanted to focus on beautiful literature that can draw kids in and plant a love for plants in their hearts.

child picking flower

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I hope you’ll fill baskets full of books from this list to savor over the next several months. Even more, I hope reading them creates familiarity and a gentle curiosity to notice plants along the way. You see, one thing I know about familiarity and curiosity is that they can sometimes lead to passionate learning down the road. If not, a sweet love for the familiar things usually blossoms anyway.

Whether passionate about flowers and gardens or not, I can almost guarantee that children who are well-read in books about the topics will learn to notice them in the world. Noticing is the beginning of observation and observation is a terrific skill for science.

Have I reminded you lately that nature study IS science? Even simple observation or gentle curiosity are valuable nature study skills. So, if you think about it, something as easy as reading living books about flowers and gardens can spark quite the bright fire of learning over time.

Living Books About Flowers and Gardens

I think the life and beauty of flowering or edible plants make them a popular topic for authors. That’s good news for us because this list is wonderful and giant.

Living Books about Flowers

In spring, summer, and even autumn, flowers are everywhere. Wildflowers grow in giant fields, from the cracks in a sidewalk, and everywhere in between. Curated flowers might dance in the wind of your neighbor’s beautifully landscaped yard or spring forth in crowded bunches from a pot on the back porch.

No matter where you find them, you can be assured that each and every variety is beautiful. Surprisingly, each type of flower can be easily identified by its unique size, color, smell, petals, and leaves, yet fits into a flower family group where you can definitely see similarities.

pink flowers reaching to sky

Enjoy as many of these living books about flowers as you possibly can this season. They will build your love for flowers and help you see the interconnected uniqueness among the varieties. You might even learn a thing or two about the science or history of flowers!

Camille and the Sunflowers /anglaisThe Carrot Seed Board BookChrysanthemumThe Empty PotThe Flower (Child's Play Library)The Flower Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)Flower GardenFlowersFlowers Are Calling


From Seed to PlantInch by InchMiss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed AmericaMiss RumphiusThe Night Flower: The Blooming of the Saguaro CactusPlanting a RainbowThe Reason for a Flower: A Book About Flowers, Pollen, and Seeds (Explore!)Sidewalk FlowersThe Story of FerdinandSunflower HouseZinnia's Flower Garden


Living Books About Gardens

Whether you grow your own version of a garden or not, picture books about gardens are not to be missed. They help children learn to love the process of seeds sprouting through rich soil into magnificent plants that magically feed people.

pumpkins stacked and tumbling

I will warn you that the goodness in these books sometimes ignites a gardening desire. If that happens, lean into it! You don’t have to plow up the entire backyard but offer as much space as possible (even if that’s a single pot on the windowsill) for exploring this rich learning opportunity.

Again, I hope you’ll fill your house with as many of the books from this list as possible this season!

The Curious GardenThe Extraordinary GardenerThe Garden Next DoorThe Garden We ShareThe GardenerLittle Critter: A Green, Green Garden: A Springtime Book For Kids (My First I Can Read)Hello, World! Garden TimeTeacher Created Materials - TIME For Kids Informational Text: How Plants Grow - Grade 1 - Guided Reading Level EIn a GardenNational Geographic Kids Look and Learn: In My Garden (Look & Learn)Jack's Garden


Jayden’s Impossible GardenLola Plants a Garden (Lola Reads)Plant It! Grow It, Eat ItNational Geographic Readers: Plants (Level 1 Co-reader)The Secret Garden of George Washington CarverThe Tale of Peter RabbitThe Tiny Seed: With seeded paper to grow your own flowers! (The World of Eric Carle)Tops & Bottoms (Caldecott Honor Book)Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: (Nature Book for Kids, Gardening and Vegetable Planting, Outdoor Nature Book) (Over and Under)The Wild GardenWe Are the Gardeners



Flower and Gardening How-To Books for Kids

Gardening for Kids: An Easy Step-by-Step Parents Guide to Growing Fruits, Vegetables, and Flowers with Your ChildrenGardening for Kids: Learn, Grow, and Get Messy with Fun STEAM ProjectsGardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden (Volume 24) (Lab for Kids, 24)Gardening with Emma: Grow and Have Fun: A Kid-to-Kid GuideHow to Draw 50+ Flowers For Seniors Large Print: How to Draw Book For Adults, Seniors With Large Easy Step-by-Step Instructions To Draw Beautiful Flowers Including Roses, Tulips, Carnations And MoreJunior Master Gardener Handbook: Level 1My First Garden: For Little Gardeners Who Want to GrowWe Garden Together!: Projects for Kids: Learn, Grow, and Connect with Nature


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