Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it’s time to go outside and explore nature.  Check out these great books, websites, and videos to learn more about starting your own garden and enjoy many other fun activities.  What flower or vegetable are you going to plant this spring?

Internet Links
National Geographic Kids, logoFriendship Garden
Have fun helping Toot & Puddle build a friendship garden.
PBS Kids, logoGroovy Garden
Learn some ways you can help the environment while making a garden with Arthur’s friend, Buster.


PBS Kids, logoCounting Flowers with Curious George
Practice counting flowers with Curious George.

Activity Village, flower craft Flower Activities and Crafts
Find crafts, printables, coloring pages, origami, and much more related to flowers.
USA KIds, logo Plants
Enjoy games, coloring pages, videos, and fun activities while learning about farming, park rangers, wildflowers, growing vegetables and much more.
University of Illinois Extension - Hort Corner Hort Corner for Kids
Choose your adventure while learning about trees, plants, fruits and vegetables, worms and other insects and how to make your own garden.
Articles & Databases

In the “Find” box type in the search term “Gardening” to find magazine articles and short stories about gardening, plants, and flowers.  You can also choose “Detailed Search” in order to limit your search by reading level and full text articles.


National Geographic Video: Plants
Learn about how the Earth depends on plants

Kids USA: Gardener
Beth is a gardener who works at the U.S. Botanic Garden. In this video, she talks about the different plants that grow at the Children’s garden.

Print & Media Resources
How does my garden grow, book coverHow does my garden grow?
DK Publishers
A collection of gardening activities, scientific experiments, art projects, cooking ideas, and magic tricks helps youngsters learn about the structure and life cycles of plants, as well as offering advice on how to grow their own gardens.


Gardening With Children, book cover Gardening with Children
by Monika Hannemann ... [et al.]
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Provides step-by step instructions for more than forty garden-related projects, experiments, exploration, and handicraft, including soil searches, herbarlums, scarecrows and dissecting flowers.


Cool Stuff for Your Garden book coverCool Stuff for your Garden
by Pam Scheunemann

Presents step-by-step instructions for creating crafts for the garden, including garden markers, shoe planters, wind chimes and birdbaths.


300 step-by-step cooking and gardening projects for kids book cover300 step-by-step cooking & gardening projects for kids : the ultimate book for budding gardeners and super chefs with amazing things to grow and cook yourself, shown in over 2300 photographs
by Nancy McDougall and Jenny Hendy ; photography, William Lingwood and Howard Rice
Offers over 300 fun and creative projects to get children involved both in the kitchen and the garden, featuring full lists of ingredients and equipment needed as well as difficulty rating s and time estimates.
Ready set grow! book coverReady Set Grow!
DK Publishers
Features more than thirty gardening projects and provides step-by-step instructions on aspects from seeding and propagating to pest control and harvesting.


Kid's container gardening book coverKids' container gardening : year-round projects for inside and out
by Cindy Krezel ; photography by Bruce Curtis.
Provides an opportunity to develop a green thumb and experience the joys of gardening through seventeen projects that show how to create a year-round assortment of simple and fun container gardens.
Jackson Jones and Mission Greentop book coverJackson Jones and Mission Greentop
by Mary Quattlebaum
His plot in a community garden brings 10-year-old Jackson Jones more zucchini than he cares to see and the unwanted attention of a bully, but when a company plans to destroy the garden, Jackson turns his attention to trying to save it.
The Garden thief book coverThe Garden Thief
by Gertrude Chandler Warner ; interior illustrations by Robert Dunn
The Alden children help solve a case surrounding missing vegetables and vandalism in the community garden.


Sylvis's Spinach book coverSylvia's spinach
by Katherine Pryor ; illustrated by Anna Raff
Sylvia Spivens refuses to eat spinach, but when the teacher gives her a package of spinach seeds for the class garden, she has no choice but to plant and nurture them.


Our School Garden book coverOur school garden!
by Rick Swann ; illustrated by Christy Hale

On his first day at a new school, Michael is taken to see the school garden, and his experiences in that garden will shape his entire school year, in a story that also offers information on growing a school garden.


The Garden Project book coverThe garden project
by Margaret McNamara ; illustrated by Mike Gordon
The students of Robin Hill School plant, tend, and harvest a garden together.


Busy in the Garden book coverBusy in the garden
poems by George Shannon ; pictures by Sam Williams
A collection of short poems and riddles about planting seeds, watching garden vegetables dance, and growing jack-o-lanterns.


The Curious Garde, videorecording coverThe curious garden [videorecording]
Weston Woods presents ; produced by Paul R. Gagne, Melissa Reilly Ellard
Liam discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads color throughout the gray city.

Planting A Rainbow videorecording coverPlanting a rainbow [videorecording] 
a Weston Woods release of the Weston Woods Studios, Scholastic production ; producers, Paul R. Gagne, Melissa Reilly ; directors, Ed Mironiuk, Kris Tercek.
A mother and child plant a rainbow of colors in their flower garden.