Garden reading list: Books about farms and growing things

If you’ve ever been interested in planting a garden or farming, these books are the perfect tools to help you get started.


Lola planta un jardín 

by Anna McQuinn

Preschool to Grade 4

Spanish edition of “Lola plants a garden.” Lola is inspired by a collection of garden poems that she reads with her mom. She wants to plant her own garden, so she and her mom go to the library to check out books about gardening. Soon she has a garden full of sunflowers and invites all of her friends for cakes, strawberries, sweet peas and punch.



Grande o pequeño en la Granja 

by Liesbet Slegers 

Preschool to grade 3

Spanish edition of “Big horse, small mouse.” This book teaches children opposites while they learn about different animals that live on a farm. The flaps in the book lend themselves to create a wonderful guessing game.



Summer Supper 

by  Rubin Pfeffer

Preschool – 1st grade

Follow the creation of a family meal from the farm to the picnic table on a warm sunny day. Told entirely in words beginning with S, this book will help children appreciate where their food comes from.



Before we eat: from farm to table

by Pat Brisson

Preschool-Grade 1

This eye- and ear-catching read-aloud makes a wonderful discussion-starter for exploring how food is produced, acquired, and appreciated.



Poppy & Sam and the Leaf Thief 

by Cathon 

Grades K-2

Poppy and her panda friend Sam are trying to solve a case on their farm! This adorably illustrated graphic novel follows the pair in their journey around the farm to find the leaf thief culprit.



Vegetable Dream/Huerto soñado 

by Dawn Jeffers

Grades 1-4

Bilingual edition. When a young girl dreams of having a garden, her neighbor, a gardener in his younger years, helps her achieve her goal. He regains memories of his past gardens and both find that a garden is a place where more than vegetables grow. Friendships can flourish.



The Year of the Garden

by Andrea Chang  

Grades 2-4

A sweet story about a young girl who wants to grow the perfect garden with her new friend, and realizes that growing friendships are just as unpredictable as growing a garden.



Gardening with Emma: grow and have fun, a kid-to-kid guide

by Emma Briggs

Grades K-5

An enthusiastic 13-year-old with a love of gardening shares her just-for-kids advice on growing a food garden, including theme garden ideas and tips for preparing, planting, and caring for a garden, along with creative ways to have fun doing it.



Where the Watermelons Grow 

by Cindy Baldwin

Grades 4-6

This is a story of a young 12-year-old girl who will do anything to save her mother from her sickness, using a special jar of magic honey from the Bee Lady in her small farming community of Maryville, North Carolina.



Easy Peasy Gardening for Kids

by Bradley, Kirsten

Grades 3-8

An introduction to easy gardening. Whether you live in the city or the countryside, there are plenty of places to plant and grow. For a new generation of green fingers, there are different ways to bring nature into the home. Learn how to make your own pots, build balcony boxes, create your own bird feeders and even get friendly with worms!


This month’s book list brought to you by: 

Springdale Library 

405 S Pleasant St, Springdale, AR 72764

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