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