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.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

Age: 5-10

Kids will be fascinated to learn that under the soil, between the blades of grass, among the tree leaves, live a teeming world of colorful creatures and organisms. This follow-up to Over and Under the Snow is classified as nonfiction but reads like an engaging story.

Available at chroniclebooks.com, $16.99.

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

—Emma Bland Smith