A Butterfly is Patient by Long Aston
A Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
A Packet of Seeds by Deborah Hopkinson
A Seed is Sleepy by Diana Hutts Aston
Chipmuck Song by Joanne Ryder
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
by Marjorie Priceman.
Monarch and Milkweed by Gore Frost
Oliver's Vegetables by Vivian French
Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
Seedfolks by Paul Fleishman
The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony
The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller
The Snail’s Spell by Joanne Ryder
The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons
Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
Two Old Potatoes by John Coy
Wonderful Worms by Linda Glaser
For 4 year olds, to set the tone and get students thinking about seed dispersal in an age-appropriate way, we read the wonderful picture book, The Dandelion Seed, by Joseph Anthony and illustrated by Cris Arbo. This book very gently and somewhat magically traces a floating dandelion seed’s journey through the big wide world, how it finally finds a home and lands, and grows into a new flower the following year. The story has gorgeous full page illustrations and is also a good exploration of the seasons.
The delightful story, Chipmunk Song by Joanne Ryder is perfect for 5-year-olds, as it traces a human child in the form of a chipmunk on her wanderings through fields and underground burrows. This was a great story for a cooped-up rainy day since the main character is chewing, stretching, scampering, and burrowing, and there is plenty of opportunities through the reading to have the children move around and act out the same.
A classic many of you may already be familiar with is the story, “The Garden,” from Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel. This story shows the importance of patience and taking “the long view” when gardening, in a very cute and funny way. I read this story to the first grade class, and following the book, we planted bare-root strawberry plants.