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.

Miss Rumphius

Age: 4-8

Little Alice grows up with her grandfather’s words of wisdom ringing in her ears: “You must do something to make the world more beautiful.” It takes until she is old and grey to realize what this thing will be. Buy a pack of lupine seeds, and let your children, like Alice, scatter them far and wide to make your own world more beautiful. A classic that just gets more lovely with each reading.

Available at amazon.com, $4.95.

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

—Emma Bland Smith