Best Kids Books About Flowers

26 Amazing Books for Your Child Who Loves Flowers

Updated Mar. 15, 2019

Do you know the secret benefits of flowers? Apparently they help heal the soul. Really though, they are good for emotional health, our mood, memory and sleeping! When Spring comes and the flowers start to bloom, one often is smitten by just stepping outside. We hope you enjoy these books about flowers!

Plant the Tiny Seed book
#1
Plant the Tiny Seed
Written and illustrated by Christie Matheson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

There is magic in every tiny seed. The seeds that come in little paper packets and those that fall from flowers and plants. In every garden and every flowerpot, magic can grow. With a little sunlight, a little water, and a little help from birds and worms and bees, a tiny seed sprouts, a plant grows, and a beautiful f lower blooms. There is magic in every tiny seed. And in this book, you become the magician. How? Press the seed into the ground, wiggle your fingers to add water, clap to bring the sun. And then . . .turn the page. What can grow from one tiny seed? Press, tap, wiggle, and jiggle to start the magic! Press the seed—don’t be shy! Wiggle your fingers to add some water. Clap your hands to bring the sun. Wow! A beautiful flower!

Norton and Alpha book
#2
Norton and Alpha
Written and illustrated by Kristyna Litten
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-7
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This was such a clever book. I loved that Norton was so creative and mostly just a hard worker. He went out each day and gathered things and then made something out of them. When we found a flower, he was unsure of what its use could be. I love what he discovers and think it is a great thought for each of us to just enjoy what is beautiful.

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!"

Van Gogh and the Sunflowers book
#3
Van Gogh and the Sunflowers
Written and illustrated by Laurence Anholt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Young Camille befriends a strange visitor to his small town, and one day he brings this man a gift of bright, beautiful sunflowers. The man is the artist Vincent van Gogh, and the sunflowers quickly become the subject of a magnificent painting. This is a title in Barron's Anholt's Artists Books for Children series, in which author and illustrator Laurence Anholt recalls memorable and sometimes amusing moments when the lives of the artists were touched by children. Anholt's fine illustrations appear on every page and include reproductions of works by the artists.

Sunflower House book
#4
Sunflower House
Written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A young boy creates a summer playhouse by planting sunflowers and saves the seeds to make another house the next year.

Planting a Rainbow book
#5
Planting a Rainbow
Written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

This educational and enjoyable book helps children understand how to plant bulbs, seeds, and seedlings, and nurture their growth. Lois Ehlert's bold collage illustrations include six pages of staggered width, presenting all the flowers of each color of the rainbow.

The Reason for a Flower book
#6
The Reason for a Flower
Written and illustrated by Ruth Heller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Shows a variety of flowers, tells how they are pollinated and form seeds, and describes some of the useful products we get from flowering plants.

Fran's Flower book
#7
Fran's Flower
Written by Lisa Bruce and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

One day Fran found a flowerpot filled with soil. "I will grow this flower," Fran said. "Grow flower." But the tips stayed tiny. Fran is determined to get her flower bud to grow. But what do you feed a fussy flower? Fran figures that the flower will flourish on her own favorite foods--pizza, spaghetti, even strawberry ice cream! But the stubborn bud refuses to bloom. Finally, Fran discovers that a meal fit for a girl isn't necessarily a meal fit for a flower. Just when she gets fed up, Mother Nature steps in with a smorgasborg of sunshine and rain...Won't Fran be surprised!

Flowers Are Calling book
#8
Flowers Are Calling
Written by Rita Gray and illustrated by Kenard Pak
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Rhyming text explores the wonders of natural cooperation between flowers and the animals and insects of the forest.

Zinnia's Flower Garden book
#9
Zinnia's Flower Garden
Written and illustrated by Monica Wellington
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Zinnia plants a garden, eagerly waits for the plants to grow, sells the beautiful flowers, then gathers seeds to plant the following year.

The Legend of the Poinsettia book
#10
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.

The Tiny Seed book
#11
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.

Bloom book
#12
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.

Miss Rumphius book
#13
Miss Rumphius
Written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A beloved classic is lovelier than ever! Barbara Cooney’s story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went. Miss Rumphius received the American Book Award in the year of publication. To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of two-time Caldecott winner Barbara Cooney’s best-loved book, Viking has reoriginated the illustrations, going back to the original art to ensure state-of-the-art reproduction of Cooney’s exquisite artwork. The art for Miss Rumphius has a permanent home in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Miss Maple's Seeds book
#14
Miss Maple's Seeds
Written and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Fans of Miss Rumphius will adore this gorgeous picture book which introduces the kind, nature-loving Miss Maple, who celebrates the miracle in each seed. Miss Maple gathers lost seeds that haven’t yet found a place to sprout. She takes them on field trips to explore places to grow. In her cozy maple tree house, she nurtures them; keeping them safe and warm until it’s time for them to find roots of their own, and grow into the magnificent plants they’re destined to become. Eliza Wheeler’s luminous paintings feature gorgeous landscapes, lush foliage and charming details. Her tender story celebrates the potential found in each seed—since even the grandest tree and most brilliant flower had to grow from the smallest of seeds. Celebrate every season with Miss Maple, from Earth Day to graduations to harvest festivals.

The Empty Pot book
#15
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.

The Life Cycle of a Flower book
#16
The Life Cycle of a Flower
Written by Molly Aloian and illustrated by Bobbie Kalman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Describes the physical characteristics and life cycle of flowering plants, including reproduction from seeds and by other means, and the importance of flowers to the environment.

The Night Flower: The Blooming of the Saguaro Cactus book
#17
The Night Flower: The Blooming of the Saguaro Cactus
Written and illustrated by Lara Hawthorne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

An exquisitely illustrated nonfiction picture book about a desert flower that blooms for just one night a year As the summer sun sets over the Sonoran desert in Arizona, wildlife gathers to witness a very special annual event. The night flower is about to bloom. For a few short hours, the desert is transformed into a riot of color and sound as mammals and insects congregate for this miracle of nature. Explore the fascinating desert ecosystem, from pollinating fruit bats to howling mice and reptilian monsters, in this beautiful nonfiction picture book.

Dandelions book
#18
Dandelions
Written by Katrina McKelvey and illustrated by Kirrili Lonergan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This heart-warming picture book explores the bond between a father and his daughter. One day, a little girl notices her father mowing the lawn — in the process destroying her favourite flowers: the dandelions. She rushes out to stop him, but she’s too late, they’re all gone. There’s nothing for it: she’s just going to have to sit outside and wait until they grow back! But fortunately, Dad has another idea. &nsbp; Exquisite watercolour illustrations combine with lyrical text to create a story that’s perfect for readers aged 4–8. This book will be cherished by families and recommended by teachers and librarians, exploring as it does the resilience of nature, the art of forgiveness, and the unique love between a parent and child.

The Wonder Garden book
#19
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.

An ABC of Flowers book
#20
An ABC of Flowers
Written and illustrated by Jutta Hilpuesch
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Step into the garden and learn your ABC's with this colorful feast for the eyes! From asters and daises to roses and sunflowers, An ABC of Flowers is a colorful burst from the garden that will have little hands eager to grab. Filled with gorgeous photo illustrations, bold colors, and clever line art featuring a miniature-sized girl named Amelie, toddlers will laugh and be mezmerized by the book's vibrant pages. Perfect for the youngest readers learning their ABC's!

Poppy, Buttercup, Bluebell, and Dandy book
#21
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.

The Flower Alphabet Book book
#22
The Flower Alphabet Book
Written by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Leslie Evans
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Roses are red, Violets are blue... And they're only two of the flowers in this book of bright colors and delightful information. Young readers will be fascinated to find out what flower can be used to make a doll, which flower flavors tea, and which flower farmers feed to chickens. Author Jerry Pallotta and illustrator Leslie Evans have collaborated to produce a stunning bouquet of words and pictures about the world of flowers–one of nature's most beautiful gifts.

I Can Grow a Flower book
#23
I Can Grow a Flower
Written and illustrated by Dorling Kindersley Publishing
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A first garden story board book that reveals how plants grow with lift-the-flaps and a pullout height chart. Teach your child how a tiny seed grows into a flower in this fascinating lift-the-flap garden story. A pullout height chart ends the book--a great way for children to remember how a sunflower grows, and to measure how fast your child grows, too! Through illustrations, photography, and flaps, sixteen delightful board book pages reveal the wonder of how plants grow as you follow the story of a mystery seed. How was it planted? What does it need? What will it become? As days go by, it's hard to imagine the tiny shoot will ever grow into a big, strong plant. Could it magically become the tallest of all the garden flowers? Flaps unfold to show plants growing, creatures hiding, and what's happening underground. The book includes very simple gardening projects and facts about garden creatures (which ones are good for plants, and which ones are bad), and children will find out what a pollinator is, and how to attract pollinators to the garden. The perfect gift for aspiring gardeners, complete with a height chart.

The Flower book
#24
The Flower
Written by John Light and illustrated by Lisa Evans
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Brigg lives in a small, grey room in a large, grey city. When he finds a book in the library labelled ‘Do Not Read’, he cannot resist taking it home. In it, he comes upon pictures of bright, vibrant objects called flowers. He cannot find flowers anywhere in the city, but stumbles instead on a packet of seeds. This sets off a chain of events which bring about unexpected results, continuing to grow and bloom even after we have turned the last page. John Light’s enigmatic story is told with utter simplicity, but resonates long after we finish reading this book. His increasingly optimistic vision is hauntingly captured by Lisa Evans’s beautiful and whimsical illustrations.

How Flowers Grow book
#25
How Flowers Grow
Written by Emma Helbrough and illustrated by Maggie Silver, Uwe Mayer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This exciting information book for young readers uses simple concepts, combined with easy-to-read text and vivid illustrations for a great reading experience.

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