One of the things I really miss about teaching, is gathering all of the supplies and resources for my many thematic units. My favorite part of each new unit was collecting special picture books to feature in our classroom library. I have found, and believe that children really buy into learning and education experiences when they are tied to a fun and interesting theme. Towards that end, I have began to incorporate thematic units into our learning time at home.

Since our backyard garden is now in full swing, I thought it would be fun to gather up a stack of great books about gardening for kids! Here is a list of some of my favorites!

1. The Carrot Seed by Ruth Kraus

This is a classic story of believing in yourself and your abilities told through the simple tale of a boy, a carrot seed, and a community who said it would not grow.

2. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Eric Carle delights again in The Tiny Seed. Go on an adventure with a tiny seed!

3. Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie dePaola

What will Strega Nona need to use her magic to fix in this adorable favorite from Tomie DePaola? See what happens when Big Anthony tries to garden his own way! Your child will love what happens!

4. Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

From apricots to zucchini, discover a world of new veggies with your child in this fun vocabulary book!

5. The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

I love watching the illustrations in this book grow more vibrant and colorful as young Liam tends the garden he finds in the book.

6. Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals

Teach your child all about compost through this fun rhyming story. Learn what you can compost, and what you can’t!

7. Jack’s Garden by Henry Coles

“This is the garden that Jack planted…” Watch his garden grow!

Enjoy your books! There are so many other great books about gardens to choose from! Just like a vegetable garden, choose a few that you like the best, and savor them! Never stop reading with your children!