Summer’s nearly here, which means it’s time to play in the dirt! Gardening is an excellent activity that can add fun and structure to summer. Gardening offers the opportunity to research, plan, take outings to garden centers and community gardens, plant and care for plants, and learn about nature. In addition, daily gardening chores can also help kids learn responsibility and allow them to enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of their labor.

We’ve recommended three gardening books below. Also, look for resources and workshops in your community. The extension service is a good place to get information on best practices in your local climate.

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots by Sharon Lovejoy

A guide to themed, interactive fun in the garden for the whole family. Grow a pizza garden, a flower maze, or one of ten other types of gardens. Check out the kid-friendly ten-minute plans for planting and caring for the garden.



Gardening for Kids: Learn, Grow, and Get Messy with Fun STEM Projects by Brandy Stone

Everything you need to know is in the sub-title. Enjoy fun experiments and projects designed for beginning gardeners. Learn to sprout plants from food scraps, how to build a plant fort, and more!



Gardening for Kids Ages 8-12 by The World Readers

Designed for middle graders, this book teaches gardening fundamentals. As a family, discover the joys of growing your own vegetables, fruits, and flowers.