Best Children's Books About Flowers

42 Children's Books About Flowers

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
The Secret Garden book
#1
The Secret Garden
Written by Mandy Archer and illustrated by Jane Newland
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Introducing Little Miss Burnett’s The Secret Garden: A BabyLit® Flowers Primer. From crocus to snowdrop, daffodil, snapdragon, and more, your child can be one of the few that is allowed in the secret garden all summer long!

The Legend of the Poinsettia book
#2
The Legend of the Poinsettia
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Lucida is unable to finish her gift for the Baby Jesus in time for the Christmas procession, a miracle enables her to offer the beautiful flower we now call the poinsettia.

One Whole Bunch book
#3
One Whole Bunch
Written by Mary Meyer and illustrated by Sara Gillingham
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

In this new book illustrated by award-winning artist and designer Sara Gillingham, a boy gathers a bunch of flowers for a beautiful bouquet for his mother in this simple and sweet story that features a counting element: 10 to 1.

Norton and Alpha book
#4
Norton and Alpha
Written and illustrated by Kristyna Litten
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-7

Battered wheels, rusty cogs, broken springs: Norton, an adorable robot, collects this junk and uses it to create amazing inventions. But one day he and his dog Alpha find something they ve never seen before: a flower! At first, they re baffled . . . but when a seed blossoms into a flowery field, the two discover the true magic of nature. Includes a big, stunning gatefold!"

The Empty Pot book
#5
The Empty Pot
Written and illustrated by Demi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.

What Can I Smell? book
#6
What Can I Smell?
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A group of babies have fun smelling the things in the world around them. On board pages.

Spring book
#7
Spring
Written and illustrated by Ailie Busby
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Follow the children in this book as they discover and explore the unique character of spring, through indoor and outdoor play.

Ladybug Girl and Her Mama book
#8
Ladybug Girl and Her Mama
Written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Ladybug Girl stars in this concept board book about spending time with Mama. The short, simple text and sturdy format make this book perfect for sharing with the toddler in your life. Ladybug Girl loves her mama, and can’t wait to spend the day with her. They plant flowers in the garden, share a special lunch, and enjoy a favorite movie. Together-time has never been so sweet. Just right for Mother’s Day!

Flower Fairies of the Summer book
#9
Flower Fairies of the Summer
Written and illustrated by Cicely Mary Barker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This beautiful reissue of the well-loved classic Flower Fairies title is complete with Barker’s original poems and exquisite artwork. Each page features her recreation of nature’s beauty and the enchanting world of the fairies. Essential background readings to the bestselling Fairyopolis, this book provides a glimpse into the enchanting world of the Flower Fairies.

Flower Fairies of the Autumn book
#10
Flower Fairies of the Autumn
Written and illustrated by Cicely Mary Barker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Experience the beauty and the magic of Cicely Mary Barker’s famous Flower Fairies, with a new edition of Flower Fairies of the Autumn. The magic and loveliness of Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies, newly rejacketed and updated with a contemporary look, is a perfect gift for Flower Fairies fans and a new generation of readers. First published in the 1920s, Cicely Mary Barker’s original Flower Fairies books have been loved for generations. The book features poems and full-color illustrations of over 20 flowers and their guardian fairies.

Valentine's Shapes book
#11
Valentine's Shapes
Written by Barbara Barbieri McGrath and illustrated by Peggy Tagel
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This unique alternative to stuffed animals and sweets makes baby’s first Valentine’s Day all about shapes, including Valentine favorites like hearts, balloons, and flowers.

The Secret Garden book
#12
The Secret Garden
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

BabyLit® is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar's Alison Oliver, these books are a must for every savvy parent's nursery library. This book introduces your toddler to Burnett's, The Secret Garden.

Drawn from Nature book
#13
Drawn from Nature
Written and illustrated by Helen Ahpornsiri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

An intricately crafted journey through four seasons of flora and fauna Helen Ahpornsiri's intricate artwork transforms leaves, petals, and seeds into bounding hares, swooping swallows, and blossoming trees. Using nothing but pressed plants, this journey through the seasons captures the wonder and magic of the natural world between the pages of a book. This standout title with beautiful nonfiction text will take readers through an extraordinary year in the wild.

The Tiny Seed book
#14
The Tiny Seed
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

With his inimitable bright collage art and simple text, Carle follows the journey of a seed, from being blown by the wind to taking root and sprouting seeds of its own. Full color.

Poppy, Buttercup, Bluebell, and Dandy book
#15
Poppy, Buttercup, Bluebell, and Dandy
Written and illustrated by Fiona Woodcock
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Watch a gorgeous garden bloom and grow in this enchanting new picture book from rising star Fiona Woodcock! A group of beautiful and feisty young wildflowers on skateboards and scooters zoom through the pages of this stunning book, spreading flower seeds as they go. Together they transform their urban environment into a place that is no longer gray, but filled with color and scent. Nature's magic is revealed in all its glory, embodying Ralph Waldo Emerson's idea that a weed is "a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." Budding environmentalists will respond to the underlying themes of conservation and stewardship of the earth.

My Book of Yellow book
#16
My Book of Yellow
Written and illustrated by Little Bee Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce little ones to all sorts of yellow objects in their world with this new concept board book! In My Book of Yellow, little ones will be introduced to all sorts of different yellow objects that they can encounter in their world, such as stars, bananas, lions, sunflowers, and more! The pages of this book are filled with familiar, kid-friendly objects, and kids will be invited to identify other yellow objects on the last spread!

Jane Foster's Easter book
#17
Jane Foster's Easter
Written and illustrated by Jane Foster
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce little ones to Easter in this bold and graphic board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster. In this beautiful and sophisticated board book, children will be introduced to bold images of Easter and spring, such as Easter baskets, Easter eggs, lambs, bunnies, flowers, and more! Praise for Jane Foster's ABC and Jane Foster's 123: "Both titles are stunningly simple, but Foster is able to create some truly arresting images here, making both books pleasurable repeat reads. A fetching and effective introduction to the world of numbers." -starred review, Kirkus Reviews "It's a book that style-minded parents and kids can appreciate equally." -starred review, Publishers Weekly "This unusually attractive counting board book from the British illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster shows off her style in a way that will catch-and hold-the eye of grown-ups and younger children alike." -New York Times Children's Board Book roundup review

What Does Bunny See?: A Book of Colors and Flowers book
#18
What Does Bunny See?: A Book of Colors and Flowers
Written by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Maggie Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Young readers will be charmed as they explore a garden with Bunny, finding flowers of every color. Red poppies, yellow primroses, purple violets, and other colorful blossoms bloom and grow in this delightful and cheery picture book by Newbery Medalist and best-selling author Linda Sue Park. It's the perfect book for teaching young readers their colors and flowers.

Just Like Us! Plants book
#19
Just Like Us! Plants
Written by Bridget Heos and illustrated by David Clark
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

What living things wear perfume, bask in the sun, use weapons to defend themselves, and even go on ocean cruises? PLANTS! While they might seem as different from humans as possible, we actually have a lot in common with our photosynthesizing friends. From drinking water to disguising themselves to communicating with one another, plants are a lot like us—though with fascinating twists all their own. Factual, funny, and featuring a dynamic mix of photographs and cartoon illustrations, Just Like Us! Plants will charm even the most reluctant nonfiction readers.

Bloom book
#20
Bloom
Written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Mary Lundquist
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

A mother and child plant flower bulbs in the fall, wait through the winter, and see them bloom in the spring.

Bears and Blossoms book
#21
Bears and Blossoms
Written by Shirley Parenteau and illustrated by David Walker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

The springtime trees are flowering, and the adorable bears from Bears on Chairs are ready for a picnic under the blossoms. When Big Brown Bear and the four little bears notice that the trees are shimmering in the wind with spring blooms, they know just how to spend the day: a picnic. The blustery weather is perfect for flying kites, and the bears can't wait to frolic under the cherry blossoms with the busy bees and eat a lunch of bread with honey. It's time to send the kites up into the air -- but the winds are so strong, they carry the little bears up off the ground and away! What will Big Brown Bear do?

The Wonder Garden book
#22
The Wonder Garden
Written by Jenny Broom and illustrated by Kristjana S Williams
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Open the gates of the Wonder Garden to explore five of Earth's most extraordinary habitats, each filled with incredible creatures and epic scenery. Trek through the Amazon Rainforest, travel to the Chihuahuan Desert, dive in the Great Barrier Reef, delve deep into the Black Forest and stand on the roof of the world - the Himalayan Mountains - to see nature at its wildest. Breathtaking, engraved illustrations bring to life Earth's spectacular Wonder Garden.

Mission Farmers' Market book
#23
Mission Farmers' Market
Written by Marsha Qualey and illustrated by Jessica Gibson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Beatrice "Bumble B." Flinn loves the farmers' market, where her parents sell honey, and this time she is going to help out at her friend Kalia's family flower stand, but Bumble B is rather clumsy and easily distracted, so things do not go as well as she hoped--but in the end she finds a way to put her skills as an artist to good use.

Big Red and the Terrible Tomato Hornworm book
#24
Big Red and the Terrible Tomato Hornworm
Written and illustrated by Courtney Carbone
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In Big Red and the Terrible Tomato Hornworms, Professor Sage holds a contest between the young Bloomers where each must choose their favorite vegetable to grow and care for. Here, young readers are introduced to the character of Big Red, who knows exactly what he wants to grow: tomatoes! After all, they are the main ingredient in some of his favorite foods: spaghetti, ketchup, and pizza. But as he starts planting, he discovers that he’ll have to battle hornworms to keep his tomatoes healthy and safe. In the end, he has to use his newfound gardening knowledge and peacemaking skills to work with the hornworms and save his tomatoes. Bloomers Island Garden of Stories picture books take young readers and listeners to Bloomers Island to experience the world of plants, flowers, and gardens through lively stories and lush illustrations.

The Marigold Mess book
#25
The Marigold Mess
Written by Jacqueline Jules and illustrated by Kim Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Every day is an adventure with Sofia Martinez. Today she is super excited to wash the car!It is a way better chore than dusting again. But when Sofia starts to clean the car, she makes a muddy mess of her mom's marigolds. With Spanish words and phrases sprinkled throughout, this early chapter books is perfect for those learning Spanish or English!

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