An information book for young readers about the life cycle of plants. Vocabulary words are written in capital letters next to the clear illustrations. Definitions are written in "kid friendly" terms. Great book for a science lesson or for aspiring gardeners!
Like all of us who garden, this book describes the experience of w-a-i-t-i-n-g patiently for our seeds to sprout. A boy (and his dog) plant some seeds in the brown, brown spring and wait for them to sprout.
If you live in a part of the country with a long period between winter and spring, you will relate to this book! For students planting seeds in their classroom and checking on them daily (or hourly?) - you will enjoy this beautifully illustrated story.
For older readers, the entire story is told in 1 sentence - interesting format for a discussion on writing styles.
The Mighty Asparagus is a beautifully illustrated story of a king who finds a giant (smelly?!) asparagus growing the front of his castle. What can he do?! This funny story is based on the Russian Folktale, The Enormous Turnip.
After reading The Mighty Asparagus, you could write your own folktale based on a vegetable growing in your garden. Many of us could easily imagine "The Giant Zuchinni" or other amazing vegetable story!
Here are some Reader's Theatre versions of The Enormous Turnip that you can try:
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Eddie and his sister Lily are busy planting a garden with their mum (in a British garden!). This beautifully written and illustrated book explores the things that plants need to grow and how to plant seeds. It even touches on seed saving when they harvest a pumpkin and keep some of the seeds for next year.
I Heard it from Alice Zucchini: Poems About the Garden, by Juanita Havill & Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Another great book from Juanita Havill! Although how can you not love a book that begins with this poem:
"In the still chill of a winter night
seeds on the gardener's bench
rattle their packets
'When I grow up,
I'm going to be…'"
In this beautifully illustrated, slim volume of poetry, Juanita Havill takes us through a year of gardening - from the seeds sitting on the shelf, to the early spring pea pods chanting, to Alice Zucchini and some of the other vegetables gossiping in the garden, and finally to the snow covered garden.
This would be a wonderful book to use as a read aloud while studying seeds and plants. This collection would also serve as great examples to inspire young poetry writers.
Kate is a 12-year old city living in a large city. When her teacher decides to start a community garden in an abandoned lot, Kate discovers that she has a lot to offer. Told in free verse, "Grow" is a book that is similar to "Seedfolk", though told from just 1 voice. Like Kate, this book may inspire to garden with others!
This passionate book will inspire you to save seeds. With personal experiences and interviews with other gardeners, Janisse Ray shares the importance and urgency of saving AND SHARING seeds.
Ellie is determined to grow the largest pumpkin in her town and finally win the contest at the fair. Not only will she finally beat her competition, but she might have a chance with the guy she's interested in.
Small town life, friendship, giant pumpkins, and a touch of romance add to the fun of this novel by award winning author Joan Bauer.
Set during the Great Depression, life is hard for Lydia and her family. When she travels from the country to the city to stay with her uncle, Lydia brings her bag of garden seeds. Through the power of her seeds, Lydia is able to transform her environment and her relationship with her uncle.
The husband and wife team of David Small and Sarah Stewart were awarded a Caldecott Honor for this lovely book. Reading "The Gardener" will inspire you to plant seeds and change the world!
A vacant, garbage infested lot in a large city. Thirteen people of all ages and backgrounds. Seedfolks is the story of what happens when they come together. This is a wonderful book to read aloud or to share as a group. Each chapter is told in the voice of one of the people who's life has been impacted by the city garden.