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.

How Does My Garden Grow

Age: 5-9

Wait—vegetables come from real gardens, not just the supermarket? Kids will learn alongside Sophie, a (British) city girl, as she visits her grandparents in the (French) countryside on weekends. There’s a lot of solid gardening information here, but thanks to the charming story, it goes down like candy.

Available at powells.com, $17.95.

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

—Emma Bland Smith