Are you exploring gardens or plant life in your homeschool? Today I’m sharing some great books about seeds and plants to help you learn.
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You could certainly turn to textbooks to explore the world of plants, but you don’t have to confine your learning to those types of resources. There’s no shortage of great children’s books about seeds and plants. From nonfiction to picture books, there are plenty of engaging reading choices about plants. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Children’s Books About Seeds and Plants
1. National Geographic Readers: Seed to Plant
National Geographic’s Seed to Plant is full of information about seeds, plants, and the roles they play in our world. If you’re searching for books about seeds, it’s a great choice because it also features stunning photography and is a good fit for kids who are beginning to read alone.
2. Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants
All of the books in the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library series are phenomenal. That said, Oh Say Can You Seed? is one of my favorite books about seeds and plants. I mean, if you can learn botany from the Cat in the Hat, by all means, you should do so.
Seriously though, don’t let the Seussical rhyme and presentation fool you. This book is packed with information and even includes a glossary and suggestions for further reading.
3. From Seed to Plant
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons is a great book choice for learning about seeds and plants. It includes an overview about seeds and how they grow, flower diagram, and even instructions for growing a plant from beans. The best part is that it’s thorough, but provides the information in digestible chunks,.
4. How a Seed Grows
Another good choice for kids who are beginning to read alone, How a Seed Grows from Helene Jordan highlights plants, seeds, and trees with colorful illustrations and includes instructions for a DIY plant project.
5. The Tiny Seed
If you’re an Eric Carle fan, you’re probably familiar with The Tiny Seed. Even so, it’s worth reading again because it’s perfect for helping younger kids understand the often difficult journey of a seed.
6. A Seed Is Sleepy
This is the first book I discovered by Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long, but they make a lovely team. A Seed is Sleepy is one of several collaborations between the two of them and it highlights the sometimes sleepy lives led by many different seeds.
7. The Dandelion Seed
We borrowed The Dandelion Seed from our library recently and loved it. It does a wonderful job explaining the life cycle of a dandelion seed in picture book form, complete with beautiful illustrations.
8. Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move
Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move is a similar picture book concept to The Dandelion Seed, but it doesn’t solely focus on dandelions. In addition to highlighting several different kinds of seeds that move around, it also includes illustrated definitions and diagrams.
9. Jack’s Garden
Following the well-loved structure of the “This Is the House That Jack Built” rhyme, Jack’s Garden is the story of a young boy who plans, plants, and nurtures a garden in his back yard. It’s a perfect way to help kids envision a garden in a space that looks like their own.
10. My Garden
All of these books about seeds and plants are wonderful, but My Garden from Kevin Henkes is different from them all because the girl in this story grows more than the standard garden fare. Huge vegetables, color changing flowers, chocolate bunnies, and seashells all show up in this garden. For sure, this book will spark your child’s imagination and encourage some fun conversations.
11. Lola Plants a Garden
Lola Plants a Garden is a super cute book about a little girl who plants a garden in her yard. Especially nice for little learners, this one talks about the research and the work involved in planting a garden and the waiting that comes after the planting process.
12. The Curious Garden
The Curious Garden makes this list of books about seeds and plants because it shows how gardens can serve more than one purpose. It also shows that gardens don’t require backyards, suburban surroundings, or wide open rural spaces to thrive.
13. The Reason for a Flower
Ruth Heller’s The Reason for a Flower is a wonderful reading selection for explaining the parts of flowers, pollenation, and the different factors involved in a flower’s life cycle.
14. Planting a Rainbow
The colorful, cheery illustrations in Lois Elhert’s Planting a Rainbow are enough reason to include this book in your reading plans, but this one is an especially great choice because it doesn’t only focus on seeds. Bulbs and seedlings are also included in this fun book.
15. Zinnia’s Flower Garden
Zinnia’s Flower Garden is especially nice for little ones who are exploring seeds and plants. This book explains the process of planning and planting a flower garden, but the illustrations help that happen in a way that’s engaging for young learners.
16. The Flower Alphabet Book
The Flower Alphabet Book is exactly what it sounds like. It highlights a one flower or flowering plant for each letter of the alphabet.
17. I Can Name 50 Trees Today!: All About Trees
I Can Name 50 Trees Today! is another title from Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library and, like the title suggests, it’s all about trees. It’s great for identifying different trees and pointing out similarities and differences between them. Like Oh Say Can You Seed? mentioned above, it also contains a glossary and suggestions for further reading.
Be aware that it does contain a reference that conflicts with the Creationist worldview. If that’s a problem for you, you may want to consider skipping these few pages with younger kids or using these references as talking points.
18. A Tree Is a Plant
I love the tree observation activity included in A Tree Is A Plant. This activity, along with the information itself and illustrations make it a great choice for learning about seeds and trees.
19. The Busy Tree
The Busy Tree is a delightful look at what goes on under, above, inside, and all around a tree. This look includes the growing process and all the life a tree sustains.
20. As an Oak Tree Grows
As an Oak Tree Grows is more than a book about an oak tree. It not only tells the story of an oak tree, but also how the world changes around it over the span of its life.
Do you have suggestions for books about seeds or plants? I’d love to have you share them in the comments below so that I can check into them. 🙂