Seeds and Plants

A good gardener always plants 3 seeds – one for the bugs, one for the weather and one for himself.  Leo Aikman

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First Garden : The White House Garden and How it Grew.  Robbin Gourley.  Clarion, 2011.
Not only does this well designed book describe how and why Michelle Obama created the White House Kitchen Garden, it also gives the history of other first families who planted fruits and vegetables there and information about the children who have lived there.  Informative and inspiring.  Recipes are included.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-5th grade


Jo MacDonald Had a Garden.  Mary Quattlebaum.  Dawn Publications, 2012.
Jo is Old MacDonald’s granddaughter, who together with her cousin Mike plant and care for a vegetable garden.  Great back matter identifies the plants and animals beautifully illustrated in the text and give good suggestions for related outdoor activities.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade



A Leaf Can Be… .  Laura Purdie Salas.  Millbrook Press, 2012.
Charming artwork and brief (only 2 words on most pages) poetic text celebrate the uses and importance of leaves.  “A leaf can be a…Soft cradle /Water ladle /Sun taker / Food maker..”  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade

Nibbles:  A Green Tale.  Charlotte Middleton.  Marshall Cavendish, 2009.
All the guineas pigs in Dandeville loved dandelions.  They loved them so much, they nearly ate them into extinction.  Nibbles realizes something must be done, so he goes to the library to do some research.  He secretly protects the last dandelion left until it creates seeds that he uses to create a sustainable garden.  A humorous, informative, enjoyable read-aloud.
Read-aloud K-2nd Grade


Planting The Wild Garden.  Kathryn O. Galbraith.  Peachtree, 2011.
This lyrical and beautifully illustrated gem describes the many ways seeds travel.
Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade


Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman.  Esme Raji Codell.  Greenwillow, 2012.
This attractive book does a good job of capturing the spirit of Chapman’s work and legacy, showing how he lived by five principles.  Chances are, we are eating apples today that are descendants of trees he planted.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-5th grade


A Seed is Sleepy.  Dianna Hutts Aston.  Chronicle Books, 2007.
Beautiful watercolor illustrations help to inform students about the features of different types of seeds.  Poetic and rich with vocabulary like “germinate,” and “gymnosperms.”
Interesting facts provide much to learn and think about.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-4th grade.

Seed, Soil, Sun: Earth’s Recipe for Food.  Cris Peterson.  Boyds Mills Press, 2010.
Clear, concise text and excellent, sharp photos show how seeds, soil, sun and water and air combine to grow food.  The best I have seen on this topic.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade

Yucky Worms.  Vivian French.  Candlewick, 2009.
While helping his grandmother garden, a young boy learns all about the benefits of earthworms and how they help plants grow.  Worms help impart information in humorous speech bubbles.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-2nd grade

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  1. Thanks so much for including A LEAF CAN BE… in your roundup. I’m so glad you liked it! I’m off to put several of these new-to-me books on reserve at my library:>)

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