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Children's Gardening Books

Updated on July 5, 2011

Childrens gardening books

One of my favourite books about children and gardening is aimed at teachers rather than childen.

The book is Caroyl Nuttall's A Children’s Food Forest’ The book was published in 1996 and is based on a school garden project in Brisbane’s Seville Road State School.

Nuttall's work details the transformative curriculum Carolyn developed with her primary school students after initiating a food garden based on permaculture design principles. It includes support materials for teachers.

Unfortunately, this book is no longer in print, which is a shame as it is exactly what schools, teachers, students, parents and community members need today. Fortunately, I have a copy.


There are a number of great gardening books for children of all ages and if you want to or are gardening with your child then you may want to take a look at a few.

Your public library is a fine place to get started. Visit with your family and take a look around, to help you select books that are appropriate for your child's age group talk with the staff. Be sure to include the young ones in the selection, perhaps, especially if they are already reading.

Garland's book looks at what makes Eddie's garden grow, the earth, rain, sun, andthe many small creatures who are necessary for a garden to be strong and healthy.

The book also shows you how to plant a garden just like Eddie's.

Felder Rushing's Dig, Plant, Grow: A Kid's Gardening Guide is another book I have suggested for parents over the past few years.

Rush's book has some great child gardening projects, for example,a bean teepee, stepping stones and information on how to create garden plant labels.

Dig, Plant, Grow explores the many natural lements that are part and parcel of successful gardening, such a s insects, flower parts, types of leaves and how they all affect the garden.

If your child is a reluctant reader but has shown an interest in gardening then perhaps you can encourage the child's interest in reading by introducing her or him to a book where gardening is featured and the child can  enjoy reading about something that already holds interest.

Even if the child has not gardened before perhaps it is time to introduce her or him to the delights of gardening and allow the child to select or help select what to plant and make a tip to the library to seek out some good books.


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    A good story, thanks for dropping by.

  • jiberish profile image

    jiberish 8 years ago from florida

    Bob it's funny your should write about gardening and children. My middle son was a rebel when he was young, and for his punishment I had him mow the lawn and help me in the garden, he hated it. Now at 30, he has a thriving landscape service and plays in the garden all day.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Sharon Lovejoy's Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots is a classic, thanks for dropping by.

  • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

    Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Bob great hub. Two of my favorite things combined, reading and gardening. It's a super idea to get the kids involved in gardening. They have so much fun mucking around in the dirt. I'll put the title onto my 'look for list' as I'm always scouring used book stores.

    I seem to be buying a new gardening book for my granddaughters every year. The one we really liked is 'Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots by Sherry or Sharon Lovejoy (I can't remember but its one of those two names)

    The girls and I read that one from cover to cover last year.

    As usual super hub, hope you're well

    regards Zsuzsy

  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Greetings, this book may help but let me see if I can find something better.

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    Georgiakevin 8 years ago from Central Georgia

    Bob this is really good for me to read. I am trying to start a lavender business down in Georgia for my life skill program at a high school in Central Georgia. Growing lavender, make potpourri, lavender bunches and more.(I teach students who have moderate to profound mental challenges). Can I adapt this book to help me or is there a better book(s) out there?

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    It is teachers, students and parents would benefit if it could be obtained.

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    Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    A Children's Food Forest sounds like a great book :)