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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Picture Books We Love

A Garden of Books: A Booklist

Tending to plants, whether it’s a pot on your windowsill or a garden plot outside, teaches us all so much about science, patience, and growth. The booksellers from ThCarle Bookshop has put together an extensive list of picture books all about gardening, perfect for families and educators to learn more about growing and planting, both inside and outside the home. Let us know your favorites in the comments below!

Cover images for gardening books in a grid

And The Good Brown Earth by Kathy Henderson 

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead 

Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root, illustrated by G. Brian Karas 

Easy Peasy Gardening for Kids by Kirsten Bradley 

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Eric Shabazz Larkin 

Florette by Anna Walker 

Garden Jungle by Hélène Druvert 

Goodnight, Veggies by Diana Murray, illustrated by Zachariah OHora 

Cover images of gardening books arranged in a grid

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith 

Green Green: A Community Gardening Story by Marie Lamba and Baldev Lamba, illustrated by Sonia Sánchez

Grow by Cynthia Platt, illustrated by Olivia Holden 

Grow: A Family Guide to Growing Fruit and Vegetables by Ben Raskin 

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert 

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Yuyi Morales 

How Does My Garden Grow? by Gerda Muller 

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson 

Cover images of gardening books arranged in a grid

In My Garden by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Philip Stead 

In the Garden with Dr. Carver by Susan Grigby, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell 

Mama Miti by by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler 

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney 

Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden by Edith Pattou, illustrated by Tricia Tusa 

My Garden by Kevin Henkes 

No Small Potatoes by Tonya Bolden, illustrated by Don Tate  

Cover images of gardening books arranged in a grid

Plant a Little Seed by Bonnie Christensen 

Plant The Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson 

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert 

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola 

Quiet in the Garden by Aliki 

Thank you, Garden by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Simone Shin 

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Crockett Johnson 

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown 

Cover images of gardening picture books arranged in a grid.

The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton 

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg 

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small 

The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher 

The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes 

The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan 

The Rough Patch by Brian Lies 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, illustrated by Calista Brill 

Cover images of gardening picture books arranged in a grid.

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long

The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone by Timothy Basil Ering 

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle 

The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin 

There’s a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart 

Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano, illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka 

Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal 

What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani


by Eliza Brown

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