12+ Books about Botany for Kids


While introducing the subject of botany for kids, the absolute first thing that we did was explore some wonderful books about botany for kids.

Today, I wanted to share with your our favourites — and also some favourite children’s botany books from some wonderful friends of mine.

12+ Botany Books for Kids

First, I’ll share our favourite botany books for kids:


Enchanted Forest by Joanna Basford is a gorgeous colouring book with detailed and elaborate spreads — this is for an older child, or even an adult looking for a bit of an artistic outlet. A great way to engage creative children who are apprehensive about reading.


The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, which has to be one of Ella and my few agreed-upon favourites. A bittersweet tale about a tree that gives everything it has to the boy it loves, which can be read as a lesson in sustainability, or an ode to parenthood.


A Seed Needs Sun by Kate Riggs is a sweet board book that presents the life cycle of a plant in a charming and gorgeously illustrated way, perfectly capturing the wonder of nature for young children.


Alecia from Learning2Walk picked Spring Walk from Virginia Brimhall Snow. Alecia recently shared these gorgeous parts of a flower play dough mats to use in your exploration of botany for kids.


Vanessa from Mama’s Happy Hive loves Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert, which she discussed in her Rainbow Reading Fort post. Check out her recent Montessori-inspired Botany Tree Exploration.


Elaine from Planting Peas selected Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn, the Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, and Flowers are Calling by Rita Gray. Elaine recently wrote this Montessori Land, Water, and Air activity.

tiny seed

Tanya from The Natural Homeschool chose Eric Carle’s The Tiny Seed. Check out her recent post on Parts of a Plant and Parts of a Tree.

Nell from Rhythms of Play went with a two that aren’t strictly for kids: The American Horticulture Society’s Encyclopedia of Gardening and The Essential Urban Farmer. She writes often about gardening with kids.

gardening for beginners

Alyssa from Arts and Crackers also couldn’t pick just one — she went with two Usbourne titles: Gardening for Beginners and Peek Inside the Garden. Alyssa has these cute ice cream flower pot cookies that would be a fun treat to try while studying flowers.


Megan from Hen Family chose If You Hold a Seed by Elly MacKay and Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals, and she has this great post about how to teach kids to love nature.


Amy from Learning and Exploring Through Play suggested Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy, saying “it has the most beautiful illustrations and some fabulous ideas. This book is for older children around 10 years old though.” Amy has this tutorial on seed planting with children, along with some cute flower craft ideas!


Kim from Natural Beach Living and Kalista from When We’re At Home both suggested A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston. Kim also has a great list of Spring books for preschoolers and Kalista has one, too!


Jennifer from The Life of Jennifer Dawn loves The Sunflower House by Even Bunting and The Gardener by Sarah Stewart. Jennifer made these cute herb garden markers!


I hope you enjoyed our collection of some of the best botany books for kids! Be sure to check out our other botany activities and book reviews and activities.

Do you have any favourite gardening or nature books not included in this list?

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  1. What a beautiful, bountiful crop of botany books for kids! Thanks to Megan from Hen Family for contributing my COMPOST STEW to this lovely list of favorites! I’m delighted to find it included, and welcome everyone to join me in celebrating Earth Day with a giveaway of the book on the COMPOST STEW Facebook page > http://gvwy.io/rd1tsas

    Meanwhile, thanks again, Jennifer. Great post!

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