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.

Sophie’s Squash

Age: 4-8

Sophie brings a butternut squash home from the farmers’ market. To her parents’ bemusement, she decides it will make the perfect pet. Kids will delight in the hilarious images of Sophie dressing up her squash and treating it like a favorite doll. All’s well and good until the beloved squash develops a moldy spot. What will Sophie do to save it?

Available at barnesandnoble.com, $13.01.

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

—Emma Bland Smith