The best flower books 📚

Browse the best books on flowers as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of The Resurrected

The Resurrected

By Megan Hart

Why this book?

Originally released in ten parts as a horror serial, The Resurrected is a real treat. For starters, the zombie virus has a unique origin. The planet is hit by a series of freak storms. In the aftermath, strange flowers bloom, spreading a virus that transmits across humanity. The shocking action that follows is told from a shifting array of characters with many of their stories intertwining. My favorite thing about this book is Hart’s visceral description. Her sensory details will transport the reader right into each moment. It’s a wicked read, and features the best zombie sex scene you’ll ever…

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Book cover of The Boy Who Didn't Believe in Spring

The Boy Who Didn't Believe in Spring

By Lucille Clifton, Brinton Turkle

Why this book?

King Shabazz doesn’t believe in this spring that everybody is talking about, but he and his friend Tony Polita and set out through the city in search of it, finding spring in green growing sprouts with pointy yellow flowers in a vacant lot and a nest of eggs birds have made in an abandoned car. 

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The best books about growing things

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Book cover of The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers

The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers

By Debra Prinzing

Why this book?

Debra Prinzing founded the Slow Flowers Society, which promotes American-grown flowers through a directory, annual conference, and most recently a book imprint called Bloom. This is the book that launched the movement. It is filled with inspiring profiles of the people who have changed the floral industry. Keep your eye on Slow Flowers and Bloom for new titles now in the works.

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The best books for flower lovers

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Lola Plants a Garden

By Anna McQuinn, Rosalind Beardshaw

Why this book?

This is the third book about Lola, who loves to read. When her mother reads her a book of gardening poems, Lola decides to plant a garden. Note that Lola is quite young, and this book is for 2- to 5-year-olds. Lola begins her project by getting books at the library and deciding which flowers to plant. Then her mother helps her buy seeds and plant them. Lola makes a flower book while she’s waiting for the seeds to grow. When they do, she has a party to share her sunflowers and a story with friends. A sweet book that…

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The best children’s books about gardening

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Book cover of Rou and the Great Race

Rou and the Great Race

By Pam Fong

Why this book?

This book is the first of its kind. It is a dystopian picture book. Flowers are almost non-existent. It’s a rarity. So, every year, there is an annual race. Rou wants to win, but not for her. She wants the flowers for her grandmother. I love that she put someone before her. This book is gorgeously illustrated and the message of what you would do to please the ones you love is abundantly clear. I love this book.

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The best books with children being unapologetic and having agency and autonomy

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Book cover of A Guide to Enjoying Wildflowers

A Guide to Enjoying Wildflowers

By Donald, Lillian Stokes Stokes

Why this book?

I get emotional every time I consult this book, which in my heart is a classic, never equaled in the world of flower guides before or since its publication back in 1985. Short chapters profile dozens of familiar meadow, forest, and roadside plants, from beloved wildflowers to those we consider weeds. In a confiding, chatty tone, we are introduced to each plant’s history and folklore, uses, habitat, and wild and garden relatives. Then, best of all, with “what you can observe,” the authors take a deeper dive. I learned how daisy-family flowers prevent inbreeding, how milkweed blooms kidnap their pollinators,…

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