Counting Books in the Garden

The weather is warming up and we are ready to grow in the garden!  There are so many wonderful literacy activities while playing outdoors.  Today, I’m sharing counting books in the garden.

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Full Disclosure: I received a review copy of Garden Safari Vegetable Soup.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.  This post also contains affiliate links. 
learning about colors and counting books

Garden Safari Vegetable Soup by Moore, Puzniak and Welsh is the second book in the Kitchen Club Kids series.  Last year I reviewed their book, End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad.  This 2014 rhyming book teaches little ones about counting (1 to 10), colors and gathering vegetables from the garden to make vegetable soup.  At the end of the story, you will find a recipe for Garden Safari Vegetable Soup to make with the kids.  The next book in the Kitchen Club Kids series will be Feed Your Senses Homemade Bread.

From the Garden:  A Counting Book About Growing Food by Michael Dahl will have kids counting from 1 to 12 as vegetables are gathered to make a salad.

Counting in the Garden by Emily and Patrick Hubry takes little ones counting from 1 to 12.  On each page a new plant or animal is introduced.  Though it is a board book, I prefer it for the toddler/preschool crowd.  The illustrations are beautiful.

I love Julia Donaldson’s books.  One Mole Digging a Hole is a counting tale about all the animals helping in the garden.  It starts with one mole digging and moves through the garden to the bees pruning the trees.  This one is also for the youngest readers.  The number on each page is big and bold, and there is lots of rhyming text.

10 Hungry Rabbits:  Counting and Color Concepts by Anita Lobel has ten little rabbits on a mission in the garden to find vegetables for Mama Rabbit’s soup pot.  Little ones will enjoy this counting book and the opportunity to practice color recognition.

Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown is a backwards counting book starting at ten and working down to one.  It’s a fun twist on what happens to seeds when animals find them!  This books works well for different ages.  There isn’t a lot of text, which will keep the interest of younger children.  However, the illustrations will engage older readers.  It’s a nice counting twist!

One Watermelon Seed by Celia Lottridge takes young readers on a seed counting exploration in the garden.  Young children will practice counting from 1 to 10 in this brightly illustrated story.  I’m ready to break open a watermelon and start counting!

Over in the Garden by Jennifer Ward is set to the song, “Over in the Meadow”.  Kids will explore numbers 1 to 10 as they are introduced to the animals that live in the garden.

The Icky Bug Counting Book by Jerry Pallotta will delight all bug lovers.  Lots of facts about insects as well as counting practice.

Uno’s Garden by Graeme Base would be most enjoyed by the older kids (grade 2 and up).  This talented illustrator has jam packed pictures just begging kids to count items found in the garden.

Do you have a favorite counting book that takes place in the garden?  Help us grow our list and leave a comment below.

Looking for more books about gardening?  Check out the Dig Into Gardening and Then Make Soup post.  More books about growing vegetables.  Each book includes a recipe for soup!

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About Jodie Rodriguez

Jodie Rodriguez is a mom of two young boys and an early childhood/elementary educator with over 18 years of experience. Jodie's passion is helping parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else interested in nurturing our youngest readers.


  1. great idea for a round up! Pinned!

  2. Feel sorry for the hungry rabbits. Really hope they found those veggies 🙂

    Thx for another great post.

  3. I am amazed that I have never heard of any of these books. They all look great though. I shall be particularly looking out for ‘One Mole Digging a Hole.’ #ShareitSaturday

  4. Caroline@LearningParade says:

    Thank you! We’ll look out for Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown. Nice to have the counting going backwards in this one.

  5. We borrowed Sticky Bug from the library and loved it. Great list.

  6. Ooooh, I love finding ideas for new books! I’m going to check some of these out of the library soon. Thanks for sharing them with us. 🙂

  7. These look great! Our daughter is 1 1/2 and I’m always on the lookout for new books she would enjoy that help teach things like numbers and colors. Thanks for sharing! I hopped over from the Kid Lit Blog Hop. 🙂

  8. Thanks for the great list! I think Counting In The Garden is written by Emily Hruby though.


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