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25 books about the outdoors to inspire your green-fingered kids this National Gardening Week and every week

National Gardening Week 2022 runs from 2-8th May and this year we have collected a selection of books to help children get engaged with the outdoors.

The theme for 2022 is "the joy of gardening" thus named to celebrate the opening of the new RHS Community Gardens, each of which is designed to be a space where groups, families, organisations and individuals can discover, share and grow their joy of gardening. 

Kids love being outdoors and the positive effects of being exposed to are widely known: from improved cognitive function, increased concentration, greater attention capacities, and higher academic performance, better motor coordination, reduced stress levels, increased social interaction with adults and other children, and improved social skills. What are we waiting for? Let's inspire our young people to get outdoors and reap the rewards. Here is some reading material and books we've loved to help them on the first step of that journey - whether they want to play, grow, take it from plant to plate, be an eco warrior, or just experience the joy of gardening. There's something for everyone.

A Little Guide to Gardening

A Little Guide to Gardening

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Jo Elworthy Illustrator: Eleanor Taylor Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2016

A garden can be anywhere - in pots, on a balcony, an allotment or a garden at home or school - and this is the perfect book to get you started! Packed full of simple gardening tips, interesting information, recipes and gorgeous illustrations, learn how to plant, nurture and even eat the things you grow!

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