Books about gardening

Luna Loves Gardening

May saw the celebration of National Gardening Week, an initiative headed by the Royal Horticultural Society. As the seasons change, this period of new life, budding greenery and blossoming flowers provides a perfect opportunity to get outside in nature and explore wildlife.  

We have hand-picked a selection of our favourite gardening themed books which celebrate everything green-fingeredcovering a range of different spaces from large community gardens to indoor growingA variety of genres are included, with practical how-to guides, factual books and storybooks that all share the beauty and wonder of our natural environment  

  • Errol’s Garden

    Author: Gillian Hibbs
    Publisher: Child’s Play
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 5+

    Errol loves gardening, but he doesn’t have a garden. Then he comes up with a creative solution, thanks to the discovery of a disused area at the top of his apartment block. A heartwarming book with universal appeal that's a delight, from beginning to end. 

  • Wilding

    Author: Isabella Tree Illustrator: Angela Harding
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 11+

    A beautifully illustrated non-fiction book which tells the important story of the rewilding of the Knepp Estate 

  • Luna Loves Gardening

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Fiona Lumbers
    Publisher: Andersen
    Reading age: 4-8

    Luna is off to the community garden with her dad. There, she learns how to grow plants and discovers each one has its own story to share.

  • Flower Block

    Author: Lanisha Butterfield Illustrator: Hoang Giang
    Publisher: Puffin Books
    Interest age: 4-5

    Theo’s sunflower has grown right through the tower block! A delightful celebration of nature and community.  

  • Watch Me Bloom

    Author: Krina Patel-Sage
    Publisher: Lantana
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    From lavender to sunflowers and daffodils to orchids, discover a bouquet of short poems celebrating different flower species.

  • Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature

    Author: Maria Ana Peixe Dias and Ines Teixeira do Rosario Illustrator: Bernardo P Carvalho
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    Amphibians, birds, rocks, oceans and clouds: they're all explored in this large and stylish hardcover guide to nature for children in cities and the countryside alike.

  • My Nana's Garden

    Author: Dawn Casey Illustrator: Jessica Courtney-Tickle
    Publisher: Templar Books
    Interest age: 4-8

    A stunning book about nature, the seasons and the cycle of life and death, My Nana’s Garden is a beautiful picture book and a perfect choice to use to talk to children about bereavement and the loss of a grandparent in particular. 

  • The Little Gardener

    Author: Emily Hughes
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 6+

    With diverse illustrations, and a clear story to follow, this wonderful book is the perfect read - especially when your own garden is full in bloom.

  • Rosa's Big Sunflower Experiment

    Author: Jessica Spanyol
    Publisher: Child's Play
    Interest age: 2-5

    Rosa and her friends are growing sunflowers. The industrious team of children fill pots with soil, tenderly plant seeds and then carefully label and position their plants. This is one of a series of books following Rosa and her friends as they undertake a range of simple but inspiring projects guaranteed to stimulate children’s interest in STEM subjects.

  • Tell Me About... Plants

    Author: Emily Dodd Illustrator: Chorkung
    Publisher: Templar Books
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Did you know that ant plants have ants living inside them? This fantastic first science book is packed with fascinating facts about plants. Perfect for young school children.

  • Sunday Fun Day: A Nature Activity for Every Weekend of the Year

    Author: Katherine Halligan Illustrator: Jesus Verona
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 8+

    Featuring 52 activities (one for every Sunday in the year), Sunday Fun Day is a compendium of craft, cooking, gardening and outdoor activities organised into Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Loads of useful ideas and lovely for families who love crafts. 

  • Anywhere Farm

    Author: Phyllis Root Illustrator: G. Brian Karas
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 5+

    Rhyming text and warm illustrations create an uplifting tale that celebrates the joys and pleasures of growing not just food and flowers, but also friendships and communities.

  • Benjamin Zephaniah’s Nature Trail

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah Illustrator: Nila Aye
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 2-5

    This joyful poem within a picture book pays tribute to all the treats that nature has to offer. Packed with animals and minibeasts galore, this fun, imaginative book is perfect for reading aloud. 

  • A Good Place

    Author: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 5-7
    Reading age: 3+

    Four friends including a ladybird, a bee, a beetle and a dragonfly search for a new home and finally find the perfect place in a little boy's garden. 

  • Rewild: Can Nature Heal Our World?

    Author: Ben Martynoga Illustrator: Moose Allain
    Publisher: David Fickling Books
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 12+

    Positive, informative non-fiction book on Rewilding  

  • A Little Dose of Nature

    Author: Dr. Alison Greenwood
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    This book is both calming and fun, suggesting over 25 activities to do while enjoying being outside. Brilliant for young children and families. 

  • Maya’s Walk

    Author: Moira Butterfield Illustrator: Kim Geyer
    Publisher: Oxford
    Interest age: 2-3
    Reading age: 2-3

    Maya loves walking. There are so many different types of walk to enjoy: walks where she and her parent listen to the sounds around them: birds singing, people talking, dogs barking. Then there are walks where Maya can smell the different smells: the earthy goodness of soil, the perfume of flowers and a blade of grass rubbed in your hand.

  • Omar, the Bees and Me

    Author: Helen Mortimer Illustrator: Katie Cottle
    Publisher: Owlet Press
    Interest age: 4-8

    With a perfect balance of fact and narrative, this heartwarming picture book will engage and delight young children, and inspire them to encourage bees into their own outdoor spaces.

  • Our Tower

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Richard Johnson
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 4-5

    Three children find the magic in their tower block – showing that nature and adventure is for everyone. A beautifully illustrated, lyrically told story.

    Wedi'i ysgrifennu mewn sigl odledig telynegol, mae hwn yn ddathliad o bawb sy'n byw mewn blociau o fflatiau ac ar stadau.