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 Tale of Peter Rabbit

Age: 3-7

Mr. McGregor’s busy English garden, the setting of Beatrix Potter’s best-loved story, is so full of tempting treats that despite his mother’s warning, the naughty bunny just can’t keep away. “First he ate some lettuces and some French beans; and then he ate some radishes; and then, feeling rather sick, he went to look for some parsley.” It just gets better from there, with casual references to more crops (potatoes, peas, black-currants), mysterious gardening implements (cucumber frames, gooseberry nets, sieves), and industrious tasks (hoeing onions and setting out young cabbages). Readers will feel motivated to pull on their gardening boots and fill up the watering cans.

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—Emma Bland Smith