Does anyone else enjoy growing seeds into plants with their kids? My daughter even begged for a rose bush this year! (Groan– those are tricky. But we bought one.) Read good books with kids about growing seeds and cultivating plants to learn about what’s alive and the science of plant life.
The fun thing about teaching kids about plants and seeds is that it is a hands-on science and kids think it is fun!
Ideas for your hands-on plant education:
- Plant herbs inside all year round.
- Grow plants outside.
- Visit local plant and garden shops or a community garden.
Now that my daughter is older, she loves taking photos of flowers — and plans for her senior portraits in our local Botanic Gardens. Does anyone else have a flower-loving kid? (She also picks out all our annuals!)
Get started growing plants with good books like these.
Books for Kids About Growing Seeds and Plants
Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Mathison
By the same author of Tap the Magic Tree and Touch the Brightest Star, you’ll get to use your imagination as you read and touch, rub, press, shake, clap, and more to help plant a garden. All the seeds need are water, rain, and sunshine to grow and you get to help.
Seeds by Carme Lemniscates
Read facts about actual seeds that grow plants. Then read about metaphorical seeds like smiles and anger. Both grow whatever seed is planted.
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea, illustrated by Tom Slaughter
What is living and what isn’t? Only living things grow. Do you know the difference?
Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler
Miss Maple is a tiny little woman who gathers lost seeds. She cares for them as if they are children, taking them on field trips, tucking them into bed with a story at night, and finally, teaching them to find roots of their own. She tells them to take care. “Even the grandest of trees once had to grow up from the smallest of seeds.Whimsical and imaginative!
Acorn Was a Little Wild by Jen Arena, illustrated by Jessica Gibson
This clever story of a wild little acorn teaches kids about plants and their life cycle. The acorn’s adventures result in a squirrel burying him. There in the dirt, he stays still, grows roots down, and grows above the ground into a tree.
Luke and the Little Seed by Guiliano Ferri
Luke’s grandfather gives him a seed that will turn into an exciting gift. When Luke gets sick, his friends help him water it and it turns into a huge tomato plant. A delightful and yummy gift!
Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
Simple wisdom shows nature’s interconnectedness. Acorns turn into trees. Birds carry seeds that turn into flowers. Flowers turn into fruit which squirrels eat. Gorgeous muted earthy illustrations.
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
The illustrations perfectly capture this story of patience and transformation. A young boy and his dog watch the dull landscape and hopefully plant a seed. Slowly the pair watch and wait as the brown changes to a very possible sort of brown to a brown with a greenish hum “that you can only hear if you put your ear to the ground and close your eyes.” And finally, it’s green and spring.
How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide by Katie Daisy
Beautifully designed, this book will inspire you and your kids to spend more time in nature. It includes activities, recipes, and quotes.
Where can you plant an anywhere farm? This book explores the many possibilities: in a bucket, a bin, or a window, a crate, a cup or a balcony, and more. What can you plant? Who might come to visit? (Think birds and bugs.) And how do you start? You just need one farmer and one little seed.
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
See what’s happening both above and below ground As a little girl and her grandmother work in the garden from the beginning of the spring planting season until autumn gives way to cold snow. It’s an over-sized book with marvelous illustrations and juicy descriptions. “Down in the dirt, water soaks deep. Roots drink it in, and a long-legged spider stilt-walks over the streams.“Beautiful!
Zinnia’s Flower Garden
Read how Zinnia plants flower seeds, waits, and journals as her sprouts grow into flowers. As with all her books, notice not just the green sprouts but the other details in the illustrations like the family of robins who also are growing. The borders of the pages include information about the parts of a flower as well as the different kinds of flowers in Zinnia’s garden. In the fall, Zinnia finds the ripe seeds formed in the flowers that she’ll plant next year. In the winter, she plans for her spring flower garden.
Amazing Plants of the World by Stepanka Sekaninova, illustrated by Zuzana Dreadka Kruta
Narrated by an enthusiastic, quirky gardener, read about weird plants that stink, look peculiar, eat meat, mimic other things, and many more such oddities. The illustrations are accompanied by a lively description that gives pertinent facts while engaging readers with the gardener’s strong voice.
Caterpillar and Bean A First Science Storybook by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Hannah Tolson
This is the story of a seed wedged in a crack in the ground that swells with the rain. Watch how the root pushes out the shoots and leaves. It’s an enthusiastic, lyrical story which develops several naturalist topics Including seed and plant growth and the life cycle of a butterfly in this latest nonfiction picture book in Martin Jenkin’s First Science Storybook series.
All About Plants: Ada Twist, Scientist The Why Files by Andrea Beaty and Dr. Theanne Griffith
Packed full of information, this informational book hits the right spot for primary ages. Full-color photographs, diagrams, labels, cartoons, and informational text answer big questions like “How do they eat?” and ”Do plants need air like me?“ I like this book — the writing and format are excellent. However, I’m disappointed the book doesn’t include a table of contents or a glossary.