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The Best Books on Plants for Kids

Looking for the best books on seeds, trees, and plants for kids. Below are some of the very best plant-related kids books--great for supplementing science units in the classroom or sparking a child's interest at home. Teaching plants with children's books has many benefits, like:

  • adding a reading component to create a cross-curricular lesson to maximize teaching
  • differentiate your lesson for the different types of learning styles in your classroom
  • help children connect the specifics you are teaching about with the larger natural world
  • add some fun and spark to your lesson and really get your students engaged!

Top Books on Plants for Kids

A Fruit is a Suitcase
for Seeds

(great intro to purpose
and types of seeds--
vert well done!)
by Jean Richards

Kindergarten - Grade 2

The Tiny Seed
(full of fabulous Eric
Carle illustrations, a
bit wordy though)
by Eric Carle

1st grade - 3rd grade

In a Nutshell
(beautifully illustrated book
about the life cycle of an
oak, even after it is gone)
Joseph Anthony
Kindergarten - 4th grade

A Seed Is Sleepy
(shows anthropomorphized
qualities of seeds, like sleepy, adventurous...)
by Dianna Aston

1st grade - 4th grade

The Dandelion Seed
(teaches about seeds,
cycles, and courage
thru the story of a
dandelion afraid to let go)

Joseph Anthony
Kindergarten - 4th grade

Pick, Pull, Snap!
(basic introduction to plant
growth with poetic text,
photo-realistic, and
a lift-the-flap format)

by Lola Schaefer

Kindergarten - 4th grade

A Tree Is a Plant
(all about an apple tree;
a Let's Read to Find
Out Science
by Clyde Bulla

Kindergarten - 3rd grade

The Magic School
Bus Plants a Seed

(Mrs. Frizzle's class
explores the inside of a
flower, its basic parts...)
by Joanna Cole

Kindergarten - 4th grade

How a Seed Grows
(explains how seeds
work and growth stages
of a bean plant)
Helene Jordan
Kindergarten - 1st grade

One Bean
(shows two kids doing the
popular bean-sprouting-on-
a-paper-towel experiment)

by Anne Rockwell
Preschool - 2nd grade

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Hungry Plants
(all about carnivorous plants,
ie: the structure of the plant,

how it captures insects...)

by Mary Batten
4th grade - 8th grade

To Be Like the Sun
(a girl plants a sunflower
seed, then watches it grow
thru the different seasons)

by Susan Swanson
Preschool - Grade 3

The Tree
(an ancient Douglas fir shares experiences of its life + a plea for conservation--beautiful!)
by Dana Lyons

Kindergarten - 3rd grade

Ancient Ones
(portrays a vibrant old-growth
Douglas Fir forest --full of life,

interconnected, living in niches)

by Barbara Bash
2nd grade - 6th grade

Oh Say Can You Seed?
All About Flowering Plants
(Cat in the Hat Learning Library
book, in typical fun, zany style)
by Bonnie Worth

Kindergarten - 3rd grade

Tree of Life
The World of the African Baobab (lavishly illustrated look at the
unique African baobab tree)

by Barbara Bash

2nd grade - 5th grade

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
(young child observes the
life cycle of a maple tree)
by Lois Ehlert

Kindergarten - 3rd grade

DK Eyewitness Plant
(sharp close up photographs of
leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits...
all things plant related)

by David Burnie
4th grade - 8th grade

(18 poems full of clever
wordplay, about all that is
wonderful about trees --
great illustrations!)

by Douglas Florian
1st grade - 5th grade

Living Sunlight
How Plants Being the Earth
to Life (attempts to
explain photosynthesis)
by Molly Bang

2nd grade - 5th grade

Jack's Garden
(follows the growth of a boy's
backyard flower garden)

by Henry Cole
Preschool - 2nd grade

These books are great for using in tree, seed, and/or plants for kids in elementary school. These books educate, they help provide context for hands on experiments, and lastly they also do a great job of showing the true majesty, diversity, and wonder that is so pervasive throughout the earth's plant kingdom.  (And...if you know of some great books on seeds, trees, and plants for kids, please do let us know!

Enjoy the books!

Betsy, Cindy, and Virginia (the teachers/sisters behind this website)

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