The engaging picture books in this Seeds & Plants Themed Booklist for kids, take a look at how a seed grows, what plants need to thrive and lots of different flowers.
Plants & Seeds Themed Booklist for kids
Planting the Wild Garden, by Kathryn O. Galbraith
A farmer and her son carefully plant seeds in their garden. In the wild garden, many seeds are planted too, but not by farmers’ hands. Different kinds of animals transport seeds, often without knowing it. Sometimes rain washes seeds away to a new location. And sometimes something extraordinary occurs, like when the pods of Scotch broom burst open explosively in the summer heat, scattering seeds everywhere like popcorn.
Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert
This classic story follows the progress of a mother and daughter in their backyard as they plant bulbs, seeds, and seedlings and nurture their growth into flowers.
Oh Say Can You Seed? by Bonnie Worth
With the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2 – the Cat in the Hat explores the world of plants. Kids will learn about the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis and pollination; and seed dispersal.
The Tiny Seed, By Eric Carle
Join the Tiny Seed on an adventure through icy mountains, over deserts and the ocean and into the soil as it becomes a giant flower!
Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect—until her first day of school. “You’re named after a flower!” teases Victoria. “Let’s smell her,” says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?
The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss
When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won’t grow. But when you are very young, there are some things that you just know, and the little boy knows that one day a carrot will come up. So he waters his seed, and pulls the weeds, and he waits…
Zinnia’s Flower Garden, by Monic Wellington
Springtime is here, and Zinnia can’t wait to plant her seeds and watch them grow. She carefully takes care of her garden, watering her plants, weeding, and waiting patiently for something to sprout. And soon enough, the first seedlings appear!
A Tree is a Plant, by Clyde Robert Bulla
A clear and appealing environmental science book for early elementary age kids, both at home and in the classroom. Plus it includes instructions for two simple experiments—to learn about evaporation and tree rings—to engage budding botanists.
The Hidden Rainbow, by Christie Matheson
Bees need a healthy and colorful garden to survive. Luckily, all the colors of the rainbow are hidden in this garden—but the bees need the reader’s help to find them. Brush off the camellia tree, tickle the tulips, and even blow a kiss to the lilac tree. With every action and turn of the page, a flower blooms and more bees are drawn to the feast.
Plant the Tiny Seed, by Christie Matheson
How do you make a garden grow? See how tiny seeds bloom into beautiful flowers by tapping, clapping, waving, and more.
Fletcher and the Springtime Blossom, by Julia Rawlinson
Fletcher enjoys the sunny weather and the warmth of spring. But when he stumbles across snowy flakes gently floating to the ground, he spreads the news of winter’s return to all his friends. But spring is full of wonderful surprises for Fletcher and his friends.
Baby Botanist, by Dr. Laura Gehl
Baby Botanist studies plants. In her lab coat, she looks at plants both large and small. She finds plants growing in many places.
How a Seed Grows, by Helene J. Jordan
A clear and appealing environmental science book for early elementary age kids, both at home and in the classroom. It includes a ‘find out more’ activity section with a simple experiment, encouraging kids to discover what a seed needs to grow.
My Garden, by Kevin Henkes
The girl in this book grows chocolate rabbits, tomatoes as big as beach balls, flowers that change color, and seashells in her garden. How does your garden grow?
Pick, Pull, Snap! by Lola Schaeter
Peaches and peas and even peanuts —
they all begin with a single flower. Find out how this all works in this colorful book.
Mrs. Peanuckle’s Flower Alphabet, by Jessie Ford
From the aster to the zinnia, Mrs. Peanuckle introduces very young children to 26 types of flowers from across the globe. For each one, she offers a single defining characteristic, some of them very surprising. Did you know that there are twice as many orchid species as bird species? It’s true! Do flowers taste good? Birds, bees, and butterflies sure think so!
Look! Flowers! by Stephanie Calmenson
Look! Flowers! They’re beautiful to see. Turn the page and you’ll find out how amazing they can be. Kids will delight in learning about these beautiful and surprising flowers—from the everyday to the exotic! It features colorful roses, tall sunflowers, beautiful moonflowers, sweet asters, odd elephant’s heads, amazing Venus flytraps, poisonous bleeding hearts, and more!
An ABC of Flowers, by Jutta Hilpuesch
From asters and daisies to roses and sunflowers, An ABC of Flowers is a colorful feast for the eyes that will have little hands eager to grab.
Sunflower House, by Eve Bunting
A young boy creates a summer playhouse by planting sunflowers and saves the seeds to make another house the next year.
Flowers, by Vijaya Khisty Bodach
Children will discover the beautiful science of flowers! Through full-color photos and simple, easy-to-follow text, this nonfiction book introduces emergent readers to the basics of botany, including information on how flowers grow, along with their uses.
The Dandelion Seed, by Joseph Anthony
One tiny dandelion seed wants to hold onto its dandelion home, until the winter wind carries it away. The seed worries it won’t be able to find its place in such a vast and frightening world. But everything is much more beautiful than it ever thought, and perhaps finding a new home isn’t such a bad thing after all.
Plants in Spring, by Marth E. H. Rustad
In spring, seeds are planted. Sprouts pop up through the soil. Colorful flowers bloom. See how plants come to life in spring.
Lola Plants a Garden, by Anna McQuinn
Lola wants to plant her own garden of beautiful flowers, so she and Mommy go to the library to check out books about gardening. They choose their flowers and buy their seeds. They dig and plant. And then they wait. Lola finds it hard to wait for her flowers to grow, but she spends the time creating her own flower book. Soon she has a garden full of sunflowers and invites all of her friends for cakes and punch and a story amongst the flowers.
seed to Plant, by Kristin Baird Rattini
Kids see plants, flowers, and trees around them every day. In this lively and educational reader, they’ll learn how those plants grow. Kids will take this magical journey from seed pollination to plant growth, learning about what plants need to thrive and grow