Vegetable Gardening Books for Kids

With The Edible Garden at Rodef Shalom under way, the Glick Children’s Library offers many books to enhance your learning.  

Here are some recommendations from Libriarian Anne Molloy highlighted in the current issue of the Rodef Shalom Hakasher:

The Carrot and the Seed by Ruth Krauss The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss.
A young boy plants and cares for a single carrot seed with surprising results.

The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei and Tolstoy

The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy and Niamh Sharkey.
Retelling a traditional Russian tale. A husband and wife enlist the help of their animal friends to harvest the gigantic turnip.

Inch by Inch: the Garden Song by David Mallett

Inch by Inch: the Garden Song by David Mallett.
The words and music of the title song are simply and boldly illustrated by Ora Eitan.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming.
Mr. McGreelyis challenged to find a way to keep three hungry bunnies out of his garden.

Our Community Garden by Barbara Pollak

Our Community Garden by Barbara Pollak.
A multicultural group of gardeners plant, tend, and harvest a garden, concluding with a festive meal.

A Prayer for the Earth: the Story of Naamah, Noah’s Wife by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
A Prayer for the Earth: the Story of Naamah, Noah’s Wife by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.
As Noah gathers animals for the ark, his wife gathers seeds of all living things to repopulate the plants after the flood.


Pumpkin Circle: the Story of a Garden by George Levenson

Pumpkin Circle: the Story of a Garden by George Levenson.
The cycle of the pumpkin from seed to fruit and back to seed is explained.

Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres
Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres.
Local, award-winning author explores garden plants in rhyme with whimsical illustrations by Nadine Bernard Westcott.

 For the kids that want to cook what they grow, here are a few cookbooks:
Grow It Cook It by Jill BloomfieldThe Farmer's Market Cookbook: Seasonal Dishes Made from Nature's Freshest Ingredients by Richard RubenFresh from the Farmers' Market: Year-Round Recipes for the Pick of the Crop by Janet Fletcher

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One thought on “Vegetable Gardening Books for Kids

  1. Thank you for the wonderful book suggestions. I enjoy reading all about the new edible garden at Rodef Shalom and can’t wait to see the results it produces. This is a wonderful way to teach children about our connection to the earth and to value that connection. Keep up the good work!

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