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.

My Garden

Age: 3-7

A little girl helps her mother with mundane tasks like weeding and watering, but in her own imaginary garden, things are much more exciting. She grows chocolate bunnies, a jelly bean bush, seashells, and invisible carrots (“because I don’t like carrots!”). With joyful, short, and simple text, and bold and colorful illustrations, this is a good choice for group story times.

Available at harpercollins.com, $17.99.

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

—Emma Bland Smith