As we dug into our week of gardening, I definitely wanted to incorporate books that showed the process of planting seeds and bulbs and discovering how plants grow. We also found a fun book choice that has become a fast favorite around here! There are so many excellent books about gardening and plants for kids, it was hard to choose! Here are some garden books we love for preschoolers:
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Garden Books We Love
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
We started off our week by reading The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle, which tells the journey of several seeds, showing how even the tiniest of seeds has to overcome many obstacles to become a flower. Eric Carle is a personal favorite, especially the way he constructs his illustrations with pieces of painted paper.
Questions to Accompany The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
- What are some obstacles that stop seeds from growing?
- What kinds of seeds have you seen before?
Activity to Accompany The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Just like the tiny seed that grew into an enormous flower in the book, we tried to build the tallest flower. Such a great STEM challenge for the kiddos! We left it pretty open as far as materials that could be used. The only stipulation: the flower had to stand up by itself in order to be measured!
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Another great garden book is Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert, which tells the story of how a mother and daughter plant bulbs and seeds every spring and watch them grow into a flower garden that is filled with the colors of the rainbow. I especially enjoy the rainbow pages with a list of all of the flowers of every color.
Questions to Accompany Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
- What color flower is your favorite?
- Have you ever planted a flower?
Activity to Accompany Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Just like the beautiful array of flowers found in the book, we searched garden magazines for flowers every color of the rainbow. The kiddos cut them out to form a collage on this simple diagram. These turned out so magnificent! Such a great way to incorporate lots of cutting skills and sorting by color!
The Bad Seed by Jory John
If you haven’t yet, check out this book! We learned how we can personally change for the better despite all of the hard obstacles we have undergone after reading The Bad Seed by Jory John. The sunflower seed in this book was very bad because bad things happened to him, but he decided to change for the better. Such a powerful message, plus the author has such a great voice! This has become a favorite book around my house!
Questions to Accompany The Bad Seed by Jory John
- What are some things that the seed did that were good?
- What are some things you can do that are good?
Activity to Accompany The Bad Seed by Jory John
Sometimes all it takes for behavior improvement is a little reflection. After reading The Bad Seed by Jory John, we talked about things we can do to help others – actions that are good. The kids talked about sharing toys, helping each other learn letters, drawing pictures for each other, holding the door, and taking turns.
Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca Hirsch
Next, we read Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca Hirsch, which is a beautifully illustrated book that shows all of the different motions that plants go through as they grow and change and move around our planet. Plants climb fences, burst open, and turn toward the sunlight in this beautifully illustrated book that teaches children how incredibly active plants really are!
Questions to Accompany Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca Hirsch
- What are some actions that plants can do?
- Sometimes it’s hard to sit still. When you feel wiggly, what do you like to do?
Activity to Accompany Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca Hirsch
Ready for a brain break after reading? These action cards are the perfect way to get the wiggles out after reading Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca Hirsch. Our favorite: snapping like a Venus flytrap! My daughter absolutely loves acting things out. I personally think coming up with motions to exemplify words enhances comprehension and develops a deeper understanding of vocabulary. Also, acting things out can also lead to improved gestures during conversations, making us better communicators.
The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall
My last recommendation is The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall. In this book, the children plant unlabeled seeds and wait patiently for the seeds to grow into vegetables and are very surprised at what sprouts up. This book incorporates the basic steps on planting a garden for young children – the perfect introduction to us planting our own seeds. You can check that out here!
Question to Accompany The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall
- If you could plant any vegetable, which one would you choose?
Activity to Accompany The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall
After reading about the random collection of seeds that the children planted in The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall, we sorted different types of seeds into the sections of a serving tray. Got those fine motor skills working and it was interesting to explore the looks of different seeds.
More Garden Activities
I hope you and your little ones can enjoy some of these garden books for preschool or kindergarten. The black & white book activities are included as a bonus when you buy the entire Garden Bundle! If there is anything you need, please email me here. I’d be happy to help with anything I can!
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