Are you learning about gardens or plant life in your home school? To help you learn about seeds and plants, I’m going to show you some great books.
You could use textbooks to learn about plants, but you don’t have to only use them. You can learn about plants from other sources, too. There are a lot of good books for kids about seeds and plants. There are a lot of interesting books about plants to read, from nonfiction to picture books. Look, let’s do that.
Children’s Books About Seeds and Plants
National Geographic Readers: Seed to Plant
You can learn about seeds, plants, and how they help make our world better in National Geographic’s Seed to Plant. Because it also has beautiful photos and is good for kids who are learning to read on their own, it’s a great book to look for.
Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants
It’s hard to pick a favorite book in the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library series. All of them are great. It’s also one of my favorite books about seeds and plants. So, if you can learn botany from the Cat in the Hat, you should.
In the end, don’t be fooled by the silly rhyme and presentation. Full of useful information, this book has even more. It even has a glossary and ideas for more reading.
From Seed to Plant
It is a good book to read to learn about seeds and plants. From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons is a good choice. It gives an overview of seeds and how they grow, a flower diagram, and even how to grow a plant from beans. In the best way possible, it is thorough, but it breaks down the information into easy-to-read chunks.
How a Seed Grows
Another good book for kids who are learning to read on their own is How a Seed Grows by Helene Jordan. This book shows how plants, seeds, and trees grow through colorful illustrations and includes instructions for a DIY plant project.
The Tiny Seed
If you’re a fan of Eric Carle, you might have heard of The Tiny Seed. Even so, it’s worth reading again because it’s a great way to help younger kids understand how hard it can be to grow a seed.
A Seed Is Sleepy
You may not have heard of Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long before you read this book, but they work well together. A Seed Is Sleepy is one of many projects the two of them have worked on together. It shows how seeds sometimes have sleepy lives.
The Dandelion Seed
We recently checked out The Dandelion Seed from the library and loved it. In this picture book, it shows how dandelion seeds grow and change over time. It also has beautiful illustrations.
Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move
Flip, float, and fly: Seeds are always moving.
A picture book like The Dandelion Seed has the same idea, but it doesn’t just focus on dandelions. If you want to learn more about seeds that move, this book will show you what they look like with pictures and diagrams, too!
A young boy makes a garden in his back yard, just like in the “This is the house that I built” rhyme. Jack’s Garden is a story about this boy and how he makes, plants, and cares for the garden. In this case, it’s the best way to help kids see a garden in a space that looks like their own.
A lot of these books about seeds and plants are great. The girl in My Garden by Kevin Henkes grows a lot more than you might expect from a garden. All kinds of things, from huge vegetables to color-changing flowers to chocolate bunnies and even seashells, can be found in this garden. For sure, this book will make your child think and have a lot of fun conversations.
Lola Plants a Garden
This is a very cute book that tells the story of a little girl who starts a garden in her yard. This one is great for kids because it talks about the research and work that goes into planting a garden, as well as the time that goes on after that.
The Curious Garden
There are a lot of books about seeds and plants on this list. The Curious Garden shows how gardens can be used for more than one thing. It also shows that gardens don’t need to be in a backyard, in a suburb, or in a rural area to grow.
The Reason for a Flower
Ruth Heller’s The Reason for a Flower is a great book to read if you want to learn more about flowers, pollination, and the different things that happen in a flower’s life cycle.
Planting a Rainbow
The illustrations in Lois Elhert’s Planting a Rainbow are enough to make you want to read this book, but this one is even better because it doesn’t just talk about seeds. This book also has bulbs and seedlings.
Zinnia’s Flower Garden
Zinnia’s Flower Garden is great for kids who are learning about seeds and plants. This book explains how to plan and plant a flower garden, but the illustrations help make that happen in a way that’s fun for young people.
The Flower Alphabet Book
In the Flower Alphabet Book, you get what you pay for. It shows a different flower or plant for each letter of the alphabet.
I Can Name 50 Trees Today!: All About Trees
Today, I can name 50 trees. That’s another title from Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library. It’s all about trees, just like the title says. Useful for identifying trees and pointing out similarities and differences between them, this tool is very good at this Like Oh, Say Can You Seed?, this book also has a glossary and ideas for more books to read.
Be aware that it does make a reference that doesn’t make sense to people who believe in creationism. A lot of people don’t like that. If that’s the case, you might want to skip these pages with younger kids or use these references as talking points.
A Tree Is a Plant
I love the activity in A Tree Is A Plant that lets you look at trees. These things make this activity a great way to learn about seeds and trees.
The Busy Tree
Enjoy this look at what goes on under, above, inside, and around a tree. This looks at how a tree grows and how it supports all kinds of life.
As an Oak Tree Grows
As an Oak Tree Grows isn’t just a book about an oak tree. It’s more than that. It tells the story of an oak tree, but also how the world around it changes over time.