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Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Plants? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Web of Best Books for teaching about Plants.



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by Dianna Hutts Aston
Award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston (An Egg Is Quiet) have teamed up again to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to seeds. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to a fascinating array of seed and plant facts, making it a guide that is equally at home being read on a parent's lap as in a classroom reading circle.

by Bonnie Worth
With the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2 -- and a fleet of Rube Goldbergian vehicles -- the Cat in the Hat examines the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis and pollination; and seed dispersal. From a Children's Literature review: "The book represents an impressive effort to engage young readers with scientific concepts and the natural world." Part of the Cat in the Hat's Lrning Libry.

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by Henry Cole
A cumulative story that traces a little boy's backyard flower garden from tilling the soil to enjoying the blossoms. The text delightfully catalogs the process in a take-off on the old rhyme "This Is the House That Jack Built." As the garden takes shape, readers see seedlings sprout and bud, flowers open, insects and birds visit and, at last, a lovely garden in full bloom. Each double-page spread is done in soft colored pencils on various colored background. Instructions for starting a garden complete the presentation. A pretty book rather than a how-to, this would be helpful in a primary setting to introduce gardening or the growth cycle. (School Library Journal)

by Jeremy Smith
Lily's mother makes everything an adventure, including her magical garden full of exotic and beautiful plants from all over the world. When Lily visits the Indian section of the garden, she discovers her own adventure. Through the power of imagination, the plants come alive and Lily finds herself in India. There she sees how the plants are used in Indian culture. Illustrated in the beautiful jewel-toned colors of India, this story comes with a glossary and additional reference pages for children to learn more about Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, and Islamic festivals referred to in the text. Plus a section on how to grow marigolds.

by Joanna Cole
Ms. Frizzle's class is growing a beautiful garden -- but Phoebe's plot is empty. Her flowers are back at her old school. So, the class climbs aboard the Magic School Bus. And, of course, the kids don't only go back to Phoebe's school, but they go inside one of Phoebe's flowers. Follow the kids' adventure and learn how living things grow. Part of the Magic School Bus series.

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