Children love planting seeds and watching them blossom into lush plants. These books nurture that interest while also teaching essential science concepts, such as why plants grow.
A charming picture book exploring the life cycle of dandelion seeds. Anamorphic characters in this narrative help spark students’ imaginations!
A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston
From tiny redwood seeds to giant coconut seeds, from sunflowers and mountain laurel seeds with small red-orange petals to pods of fluffy milkweed – this book celebrates all the incredible variety found among plants and seeds. With stunning ink and watercolor illustrations by Sylvia Long’s art guiding them through this exploration process – children will discover an exciting world!
Rhyming text and intricate botanical watercolors create a book that is both informative and captivating for students of all ages. The text highlights how seeds may seem sleepy when nestled inside flowers or cones – much like when someone might sleep soundly under their covers – like they’ve just fallen asleep under the covers themselves! Furthermore, some seeds take time before germinating, while others only grow once temperatures warm up enough.
This book is an ideal way to introduce students to flowers, plants, and their life cycles. Additionally, it serves as a practical learning resource regarding adjectives and descriptions in language arts classes – each page featuring different adjectives can serve as a model for writing descriptive poetry!
Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrator Sylvia Long join forces once more to produce this delightful nonfiction picture book, beautifully depicting seeds in all their shapes, sizes, textures, and hues with gorgeous ink-and-watercolor illustrations that capture them accurately. A poetic yet factual introduction to seeds’ humble beginnings encourages children to ask questions – an interactive read for young readers! A perfect addition to any home or classroom library and part of a unique series of nature books suitable for solo reading as well as sharing reading circles among friends!
A Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Eric Carle presents a timeless life-cycle lesson through the adventures of a tiny seed. Carried by autumn winds around the globe by wind currents, seed after seed travels a perilous journey across land and water that could leave them burned by sunlight, swallowed up by ocean currents, or consumed by birds; yet some survive to become flower petals before winter comes and send out more seeds on wind currents themselves.
Carle’s signature collages of handmade colorful paper add visual interest and depth to his straightforward narrative of flower life cycles, making this book perfect for classroom collection walks or reading circles.
The Cat in the Hat Learns About Plants
The Cat in the Hat leads Nick and Sally (and Thing One and Two) on an exciting series of adventures using his “Thinga-ma-jigger.” They visit different environments where they meet other animals while learning more about their habitats. This show teaches basic concepts while encouraging children to think creatively. It simultaneously introduces scientific vocabulary while using rhyme and humor to keep young viewers interested.
In this episode, Cat and his siblings want to create a portrait of himself but don’t have enough leaves suitable for this task. Mimi, the mimic octopus, shows them how to copy something; they then observe koalas and elephants hiding from predators before visiting Kaloo-Kalee for leaf collecting; they find out that trees such as raffia palms, evergreens, and ginkgoes each have unique leaf variations that aid photosynthesis – another lesson learned here as Cat teaches his kids!
In this episode, the siblings are creating a present for their moms and are having difficulty wrapping it. After meeting Gina, the giraffe weevil, and seeing how she covers eggs, the siblings no longer face problems wrapping their presents for Mom. In addition to teaching life lessons such as asking permission before venturing on an adventure, seeking positive solutions to problems from others when needed, thanking people when someone helps you out, or apologizing when scaring someone, this episode also contains additional features such as glossaries and practice activities for more straightforward navigation along with rhymed words with tapable words and sound effects for effortless ease. The app version of this show includes additional features, including glossaries and practice activities, as well as accessible navigation features like rhymed words with tapable words and sound effects!
Seeds on the Move
Seeds require sunlight, soil, water, and an open space to flourish in. In order to get there, seeds must travel. This beautiful picture book describes their journey.
This Caldecott Honor book examines various methods by which seeds travel from one location to the next, from being spun like a helicopter in gusts of wind to being carried on water currents by monkey-ladder vine seeds, tricking dung beetles into rolling them away; durian fruit seeds being moved by beetles into dunes…Simple text and large Adobe Photoshop illustrations demonstrate these various movements before eventually finding fertile soil to sprout into sprouting trees; vibrant verbs such as shoot, twirl, float, drift, and plop add further action!
This book also explores why some seeds are adapted to specific modes of travel, such as floating through water or hitching rides on animals. Furthermore, the back matter includes an in-depth diagram of the plant life cycle, notes about why certain seeds travel so far, and an extensive bibliography.
Readers will enjoy this exciting exploration of plant adaptations and seed travel. Pair this book with Melissa Stewart’s nonfiction picture book A Seed is the Start and Dianna Aston Hutt’s poetic A Seed is Sleepy to explore different modes of seed movement; then students can discuss how each author uses vocabulary and verbs to depict the locomotion of various kinds.
Seeds to Trees
A young prince collects seeds, both green and dark, from those he meets, gifts them forward, and faithfully plants them each day. Soon enough, he realized that trees growing from his dark seeds were harming those of green sources, necessitating him to uproot and replace the dark roots with green sources in order to cultivate a vibrant garden. This story helps children comprehend how words have the power to hurt and heal.
This book would make an ideal accompaniment for a grade one lesson on plant adaptations when children begin learning how living things respond to their environment. Furthermore, it provides a perfect introduction to interconnectedness for grades three and four students.
As an added benefit, this book makes an ideal reading selection for students studying the effects of negative actions on others and themselves. Students could discuss how compliments and praise can act like green seeds while criticism and bullying act more like dark seeds that produce thorns and thistles. Furthermore, this text would make an excellent addition to classroom literature surrounding social-emotional learning or conflict resolution lessons.
Novelist Horan (Goose Music, 2001, etc.) takes readers on an unexpected adventure across America by collecting seeds dropped by trees with literary, historical, musical, or military significance to collect seeds that have fallen on them and writing an illustrated travelogue that serves as both tribute and memoir – perfect for bibliophiles and history enthusiasts.