All kids love strawberries – ours sure do – so it’s a good fruit to learn more about!
We’ve rounded up 13 of the best non-fiction and fiction books about strawberries for kids to pique their interest and encourage them into the garden.
Strawberry Books For Kids
We have multiple large strawberry patches (that are currently quite overgrown!) and our girls love searching for hidden strawberries.
In these photos, we’re at the end of our strawberry season and we need to thin the plants out a bit! Nevertheless, we love learning more about strawberries and the other plants we eat with the kids.
The strawberry books we’re recommending here are mostly for younger children aged 3 – 8, but we’ll link to a few more books at the end which are good for older children wanting to get the most out of their strawberry patch.
We hope you enjoy learning more about these recommendations!
Watch A Strawberry Grow
Watch A Strawberry Grow by Kirsten Chang is a really good early reader for kids.
It’s 23 pages long with 2 or 3 simple lines of text on each page. It’s suitable for 4 – 7 year-olds to read themselves, or to read to your children from a young age.
This book talks about how strawberries grow and how they are harvested. It’s full of beautiful pictures of strawberries!
The publisher, Bullfrog Books, has a large series of books in the same style covering a wide range of fruits and vegetables (Watch An Orange Grow, Watch A Bean Grow, etc.).
From Seed to Strawberry
From Seed to Strawberry by Mari Schuh is similar to the previous book, though it is slightly more advanced with longer sentences and more complex words. It’s good for 5 – 8 year-olds and follows the strawberry’s lifecycle from seed to eating.
It does not focus on growing from seed (there is little info on this), as most gardeners plant strawberry seedlings that have come from runners. Growing a strawberry plant from seed is not very common at all.
This book gives plenty of detail on how strawberries grow, what they require, and other interesting facts (about pollination, for example). It also contains a simple glossary to help kids become familiar with strawberry terminology.
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
The Little Mouse by Audrey Wood is a classic story originally published in 1984. This is quite different from the previous non-fiction books being quite firmly in the children’s fiction camp!
It’s all about a little mouse who has a strawberry, and that strawberry is also desired by a big hungry bear. Mouse does all that he can to keep the strawberry from the bear, and I won’t give away the ending here!
The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher
This book by Molly Bang follows a similar storyline, but this time it’s the Strawberry Snatcher trying to get the strawberries from the Grey Lady.
The big difference is that this is a wordless picture book – it’s all about the illustrations. While the illustrations are excellent, be warned that this book is a little bit creepy and may give younger children nightmares!
Strawberries Are Red board book
By Petr Horacek, as illustrator and author, this board book for babies and toddlers is wonderful.
It’s titled ‘Strawberries Are Red’ but each page has a different fruit on it – Bananas are yellow, for example. Strawberries just got pride of place on the cover!
It’s a good book for teaching your children about fruit and colors, and can be picked up cheaply.
The Strawberry Adventure
The Strawberry Adventure by Beverly Lowe has the subtitle ‘A lesson in thankfulness’ – and that’s what it’s about!
Princess Katerina lives in a palace with her parents the King and Queen. She loves strawberries and one day decides to find out where they come from. She discovers that not everyone lives as privileged a life as she does.
Along with her pony friend Jasper, she learns what the Bible says about loving one’s neighbor and who God created her to be.
This is a longer book at 36 pages, but can be read to kids from a young age.
The Strawberry Garden
The Strawberry Garden by Lia Yaffe Talmor is another fantastic children’s book about strawberries.
This is an easy first reader for 5 – 7 year-olds, but will also be a favorite bedtime story for younger children.
It’s about grandad’s strawberry patch that he plants and then must protects from birds, cats, and cows, with a scarecrow.
His granddaughter loves strawberries and must contend with the scarecrow as well!
Evie and the Strawberry Patch Rescue
Evie and the Strawberry Patch Rescue by Stefanie Dahle is part 1 of the series ‘Evie the Strawberry Fairy’.
Evie’s strawberry patch floods and she needs to find somewhere else for her strawberry plants. You won’t learn a huge amount about keeping strawberries other than that they don’t like sitting and rotting away in puddles of water – an important lesson, perhaps, not to overwater!
This book is suitable for reading to young children. It has 30 pages and not a huge amount of text. The illustrations are beautiful – this book is sure to be loved by your kids.
Strawberry Hill by Mary Ann Hoberman is a novel for ages 10 – 13 (depending on what reading level they’re at). Also great to be used as a read-aloud book for the same age group.
While it’s not a book ‘all about’ strawberries, it is about a girl called Allie who moves to a street called Strawberry Hill and there are strawberries!
Friendship is the central theme as Allie seeks to make new friends in her new location.
If you were having a strawberry week in your home, this might just pass muster.
Easy Strawberry Cookbook
Last but not least, we have The Easy Strawberry Cookbook. This is for those who are super serious about their love of strawberries!
Many of the recipes are very simple and can easily be put together by younger kids with supervision (some cooking with kids tips here).
Some recipe examples:
- Cute Strawberry Desserts
- Strawberry Shortcake Sweet Doughnut
- Strawberry & Banana Spring Rolls
- Strawberry Melody
- Roman Strawberries
At 138 pages there is a large variety of recipes – more than you would have imagined no doubt. Of course, there are also plenty of strawberry recipes online for those who don’t need another cookbook on the shelf!
Books About Strawberries For Children
Those are the 10 best strawberry books for kids that we’ve found, but please let us know about any that we’ve missed in the comments below.
Here are some other non-fiction books focusing on how to grow and get the most out of strawberry plants:
- Grow the Best Strawberries by Louise Riotte
- The Holistic Orchard by Michael Phillips (covers other fruits)
- Homegrown Berries: Successfully Grow Your Own Strawberries by Timber Press (also covers many other berries)
There’s nothing better than diving deep into a topic with our children, whether as part of homeschool or simply as a side interest. Hopefully, this will help your kids learn more about one of the most favorite fruits in the world – strawberries!