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.

The Seeds of Friendship

Age: 4-8

Newly arrived in America, Adam is excited but lonely. When school begins, his teacher gives him seeds, and he plants them in a window box. He begins to bring home friends, who help him enlarge his garden, until all the empty spaces they can find, on the roof and elsewhere, are green and beautiful. Full of hope and conflict-free, this book draws inspiring connections between gardening and community building.

Available at amazon.com, $14.50.

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

—Emma Bland Smith