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 Carrot Seed

Age: 2-6

A little boy faithfully waters, weeds, and waits, despite his family’s opinion that his seed is a dud. This popular board book (now over 60 years old!) has only 101 words—but the drama and suspense will keep kids turning the pages. Some will recognize the iconic artwork, circa 1945, from the creator of Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Available at harpercollins.com $6.99.

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

—Emma Bland Smith