Reading Adventure Pack: Gardening

Reading Adventure Pack: Gardening

Go on a "gardening" reading adventure! Teachers can support reading together at home with our reading adventure packs — designed to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books. (Level: Second or Third Grade)

Explore gardening!


When packing for this reading adventure about gardening we suggest you include Weslandia by Paul Fleischman and Plant (Eyewitness Books) by David Burnie. In Weslandia, Wesley's crop of huge, strange plants gives him the opportunity to create a civilization of his own and make new friends in the process. In Plant, detailed, full-color photographs complement the interesting facts about the fascinating world of plants, including plant anatomy and growth.

Get the books

Reading Rockets carefully chose these titles because they are widely available in libraries and appealing to young readers. If they are not available, or you prefer other titles, substitute books related to the theme. You'll find more gardening titles on the bookmark included in the pack and at WorldCat. If you would like to purchase the books, here are the links:


Weslandia by Paul Fleischman


Plant by David Burnie


What's in the reading adventure pack?

  • Parent information sheet with an introductory note that teachers can personalize, instructions about how to use the packet, and tips for sharing fiction and nonfiction books with children
  • Two books: one fiction and one nonfiction, selected by Reading Rockets for high quality and wide availability in school libraries
  • Creativity Activity: a hands-on craft project
  • Imagination Activity: encourages imaginative play, writing, or drawing
  • Get Real Activity: focuses on real-world experiences for parent and child
  • Bookmark: lists the featured titles and alternative titles
  • Parent survey

While designed as a school-to-home project, reading adventure packs are also great for summer programs, after-school programs, and home-schoolers.

Interested in more reading adventures?

Browse our full library of reading adventure packs. And for additional information about reading adventure packs, you might want to read this article.

Reading Rockets, Rachael Walker (2013)


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"Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear." —

Judy Blume