Trees, Seeds, and Growing Things: Picture Books
It's spring, and seeds are sprouting all over our yard right now--peas, maple trees, and dozens, and dozens, and hundreds of weeds. This week, I wanted to share some of the picture books about seeds and growing things that we've enjoyed reading.
"Spring, spring, spring! sang the robin." ~ Home for a Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown
Who Will Plant a Tree? By Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Tom LeonardHow do animals (and people) help to plant trees? This is a fun read with lots of repetition, showing a wide variety of seeds and the different ways they spread.
Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move, by JoAnn Early Macken, illustrated by Pam PaparoneThis one is similar to Who Will Plant a Tree, but maybe a bit more science-y? It explains a little more explanation about the seeds and plants, and where they grow.
A Seed Is Sleepy, by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia LongI found Aston’s An Egg is Quiet last year, after writing my own egg story. She has a beautiful, lyrical style or writing, and both books have vivid pictures.
A Leaf Can Be, by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violeta Dabija
A quiet story, similar to A Hole is to Dig. I didn’t think it was quite as fun as some of the others, but it’s a nice story about all the different things a leaf can be.
Swirl by Swirl, by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth KrommesI liked this one even more than my kids, I think. It’s a fascinating collection of the patterns and shapes found in nature.
Home for a Bunny, by Margaret Wide Brown, illustrated by Garth WilliamsThis is an older story (a true classic), and not especially science-y, but it’s one of my favorite spring picture books.
Tree, by Britta TechentrupA friend gave us this book last year, and we’ve read it a few dozen times since. It’s a lovely introduction to seasons, told through the tree’s changes during the year.
Ox-Cart Man, by Donald Hall, illustrated by Barbara CooneyAnother fun picture book about seasons, but from a historical angle, telling how a New England family tackles seasonal chores through the year.
Experiments with plants, by Christine Taylor-ButlerAfter reading about plants and seeds, it might be fun to try some experiments with them. We did a couple of the ones in this book, including a project that tested how well seeds sprout when they have little, moderate, or large amounts of water available to them.
Other, fact-based picture books about seeds and plants:Seed to plant, by Kristin Baird Rattini
Seed, soil, sun: Earth's recipe for food, by Cris Peterson
Update, December 2019:
Since writing this post, I've created my own picture book about trees! In Can a Tree Be Blue, children will discover all the colors that a tree can be. You can read more about it under the Books tab on this page, or find it on Amazon.