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.

Lola Plants a Garden

Age: 3-7

Aimed at younger readers, with straightforward prose and simple, appealing illustrations, this book could double as a gardening instruction manual for preschoolers. After buying and planting her seeds, adorable Lola passes the time until they mature by planning a fabulous garden party. Perfect for storytime or for one-one-one.

Available at charlesbridge.com, $15.95.

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

—Emma Bland Smith