There’s so much kids can learn from working a garden plot—science, focus, empathy, and that skill we never stop struggling with, patience. These 15 beautiful books will set the tone and have your little ones raring to get out and get dirty; dig through the slideshow to see them all.

And Then It’s Spring

Age: 4-8

A quiet book, written in the second person (“First you have brown. You have brown all around”) in an appealingly run-on way, this is one of the most memorable and enchanting gardening books of all time. The narrative is matched with ethereally-light but detail-packed illustrations, making it best for sharing one-on-one.

Available at powells.com, $8.98.

What’s your favorite book about gardening? Share with us in a comment below!

—Emma Bland Smith