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Seeds: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about seeds?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to seeds. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about seeds.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about seeds can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Seed Is Sleepy
Written by & illustrated by Sylvia Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

This gorgeous book from award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston offers children a beautiful and informative look at the intricate, complex, and often surprising world of seeds. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to a fascinating array of seed and plant facts, making it perfect reading material at home or in the classroom.

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The Watermelon Seed
Written & illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

With perfect comic pacing, Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love. With bold color and beautiful sense of design, Greg Pizzoli’s picture book debut takes this familiar childhood worry and gives us a true gem in the vein of I Want My Hat Back and Not a Box.

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Plant the Tiny Seed
Written & illustrated by Christie Matheson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

There is magic in every tiny seed. The seeds that come in little paper packets and those that fall from flowers and plants. In every garden and every flowerpot, magic can grow. With a little sunlight, a little water, and a little help from birds and worms and bees, a tiny seed sprouts, a plant grows, and a beautiful f lower blooms. There is magic in every tiny seed. And in this book, you become the magician. How? Press the seed into the ground, wiggle your fingers to add water, clap to bring the sun. And then . . .turn the page. What can grow from one tiny seed? Press, tap, wiggle, and jiggle to start the magic! Press the seed—don’t be shy! Wiggle your fingers to add some water. Clap your hands to bring the sun. Wow! A beautiful flower!

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Marvelous Mustard Seed
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A child plants a mustard seed in an empty garden. It is an itty-bitty seed. It isnt anything very specialyet. Discover the surprising potential of one small seed in The Marvelous Mustard Seed. Based on Jesus parable of the Mustard Seed, this inspiring childrens book shows young readers that one tiny seedjust like one small childcarries a world of potential. The Marvelous Mustard Seed features ethnically diverse characters, and it is ideal for children ages 4-8. A special note for parents and teachers is included.

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It Starts With a Seed
Written by Laura Knowles & illustrated by Jennie Webber
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In gentle rhyme, It Starts With a Seed evocatively explores the growth of a tiny sycamore seed. Taking a journey through the seasons and years, we follow the seed as it transforms from a seedling to a sapling, then a young tree, until it becomes a large tree with its branches and roots filling the page. As the tree grows, it is joined by well-loved woodland creatures – squirrels and rabbits, butterflies and owls – who make it their home. Beautiful and evocative, It Starts With a Seed is a factual story that will touch children with its simple but enchanting message of life and growth.

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  • Are You a Cheeseburger? - A Kids’ Indie Next List pick! Laugh-out-loud humor and a tender friendship blossom in author-illustrator Monica Arnaldo’s charming picture book about a lonely raccoon and a glowing seed, and the world’s most important question: Can this seed grow cheeseburgers? Grub is a lonely racoon. Rumbling in the trash. Looking for food.Seed is, well, a seed! Patiently waiting in the trash. Hoping someone will plant it. When the two finally meet, they realize they might be able to help each other! Grub has just one big question first: What will Seed grow? Could Seed grow Grub’s favorite food, mouthwatering cheeseburgers? Seed isn’t sure what a cheeseburger is exactly, but . . . maybe!And so begins a hilarious friendship following two unlikely strangers learning more about the other and discovering the pressure that comes with fulfilling expectations. Author-illustrator Monica Arnaldo will leave readers giggling and clamoring for more in this charming story that celebrates the unexpected–and how the most special friendships bloom only when we are unapologetically ourselves.

  • What Will Grow? - From the team behind the gorgeous What Will Hatch? comes a companion book all about seeds and the plants that grow from them–and featuring four pull-out gatefolds. “An enchanting vision” - Publishers Weekly, starred review.

  • Miss Maple's Seeds - Fans of Miss Rumphius will adore this gorgeous picture book which introduces the kind, nature-loving Miss Maple, who celebrates the miracle in each seed. Miss Maple gathers lost seeds that haven’t yet found a place to sprout. She takes them on field trips to explore places to grow. In her cozy maple tree house, she nurtures them; keeping them safe and warm until it’s time for them to find roots of their own, and grow into the magnificent plants they’re destined to become. Eliza Wheeler’s luminous paintings feature gorgeous landscapes, lush foliage and charming details. Her tender story celebrates the potential found in each seed—since even the grandest tree and most brilliant flower had to grow from the smallest of seeds. Celebrate every season with Miss Maple, from Earth Day to graduations to harvest festivals.

  • The Garden of Eve - Evie reluctantly moves with her widowed father to Beaumont, New York, where he has bought an apple orchard, dismissing rumors that the town is cursed and the trees haven’t borne fruit in decades. Evie doesn’t believe in things like curses and fairy tales anymore–if fairy tales were real, her mom would still be alive. But odd things happen in Beaumont. Evie meets a boy who claims to be dead and receives a mysterious seed as an eleventh-birthday gift. Once planted, the seed grows into a tree overnight, but only Evie and the dead boy can see it–or go where it leads.

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Hundred Feet Tall
Written by Benjamin Scheuer & illustrated by Jemima Williams
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Guess How Much I Love You meets Someday in this gentle read-aloud picture book that shows us that with just the right amount of care and support, even the smallest of seeds can grow to stand one hundred feet tall.

Thanks for the love that you’ve shown me Right now I’m so very small But with water and light I will keep gaining height And then one day I’ll stand at a hundred feet tall

Hundred Feet Tall is a tender ode to the power of unconditional, immutable love. Because no matter how small you are now, with patience and persistence, with encouragement and devotion, you, too, will someday grow strong.

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If You Hold a Seed
Written & illustrated by Elly MacKay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A young boy plants a seed that, with water, sunlight, care, and patience, grows into a strong, tall tree.

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Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes
Written by Jef Aerts & illustrated by Sanne Loo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Adin and Dina are best friends. They live in the beautiful countryside surrounded by cherry trees. Their favorite game is to plant cherry pits around their little village - in the cracks in the sidewalk and in the flowerbeds outside the post office. Then one day Adin and his family move away to the city. Will Adin and Dina’s friendship survive the new distance between them?

In this beautifully lyrical book, one story fractures into two when the friends are parted. But their lives continue to be linked as Adin finds a way to feel connected to his friend - throwing paper planes filled with cherry pits from the balcony of his apartment building.

Held together by their love of cherry blossom and paper planes, Adin and Dina’s roads finally lead back to one another.

Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes is a touching story of true friendship, resilience, belief - and a little bit of magic - illuminated with stunning artwork full of seasonal detail, light and hope.

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The Reason for a Flower: A Book About Flowers, Pollen, and Seeds
Written & illustrated by Ruth Heller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Shows a variety of flowers, tells how they are pollinated and form seeds, and describes some of the useful products we get from flowering plants.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky
Written by Jory John & illustrated by Pete Oswald
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A #1 New York Times Bestseller!Based on the New York Times bestselling picture book sensation The Bad Seed, Jory John and Pete Oswald present: The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky! Includes two sticker sheets, perfect for decorating your own mini jack-o’-lantern.Halloween is the Bad Seed’s favorite holiday of the year. But what’s a seed to do when he can’t find a show-stopping costume for the big night? Postpone trick-or-treating for everyone, of course! Can he get a costume together in time? Or will this seed return to his baaaaaaaaad ways?Find out in this hilarious, charming, and thought-provoking continuation of Jory John and Pete Oswald’s bestselling Food Group series.

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  • Sophie's Squash Go to School - “This charming sequel to the beloved Sophie’s Squash is the perfect antidote to the back-to-school jitters. Sophie goes to school for the first time and has no interest in making friends that aren’t squash. Here’s a gently humorous read-aloud that proves that making friends, just like growing squash, takes time. a On Sophie’s first day of school, nobody appreciates her two best friends, Bonnie and Baxter, baby squash that she grew in her garden. Even worse, one classmate, Steven Green, won’t leave Sophie alone. He sits by her at circle time. He plays near her during recess. And he breathes on her while she paints. Steven just wants to be friends, but Sophie isn’t interested. Still, Sophie knows that her squash friends won’t last forever. Maybe it would be nice to have some human friends after all. . . .”

  • The Bad Seed - From the New York Times bestselling author of the Goodnight Already! series This is a book about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad? Do you really want to know? He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He’s been bad since he can remember! This seed cuts in line every time, stares at everybody and never listens. But what happens when one mischievous little seed changes his mind about himself, and decides that he wants to be—happy? With Jory John’s charming and endearing text and bold expressive illustrations by Pete Oswald, here is The Bad Seed: a funny yet touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being you. Perfect for readers young and old, The Bad Seed proves that positive change is possible for each and every one of us.

  • To Be Like the Sun - Within every tiny seed lies the secret of what’s to come. First a shoot, then a stem, a leaf, a bud–and finally a brilliant sunflower reaching high for the sun. Join a young girl as she waters and watches, celebrating the everyday miracles of growth and life.

  • Seeds Move! - Discover the fascinating and surprising ways that seeds move and find a place to grow in this gorgeous picture book from Caldecott Honoree Robin Page. Every seed, big or small, needs sunlight, water, and an uncrowded place to put down roots. But how do seeds get to the perfect place to grow? This exploration of seed dispersal covers a wide range of seeds and the creatures that help them move, from a coconut seed floating on waves to an African grass seed rolled by a dung beetle, to a milkweed seed floating on the wind.

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How to Grow Happiness
Written by Kelly DiPucchio & illustrated by Matt Kaufenberg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Jerome the Gnome takes young readers on whimsical adventures through his garden, celebrating discovery and sowing the imagination as he introduces topics such as science, environmental awareness, and agriculture. In How to Grow Happiness, Jerome and his fellow Garden of Wonder dwellers—including Oakie, his pet acorn; Nutilda, a hyperactive squirrel; and Warble, a fast-talking bird—learn what it takes to make a happiness seed blossom. Through patience, asking for help, and teamwork, Jerome and his friends take a little black seed left on a windowsill and find ways to help it grow. They soon find that as it flourishes, their own happiness does too. Jerome the Gnome teaches young readers and listeners how a garden grows, as well as how a community comes together to make the experience more rewarding—and fun!

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Summer Supper
Written by Rubin Pfeffer & illustrated by Mike Austin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From sowing seeds in spring to savoring succotash, follow the creation of a family meal from the farm to the picnic table on a warm summer evening. Told entirely in words beginning with the letter “s,” this book will give children an appreciation for the process by which their food travels to the dinner table.

Mike Austin cleverly incorporates Rubin Pfeffer’s words into his art and creates a visual feast in which kids will love to indulge! Layers of humor and storytelling make this worth many revisits.

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Seeds
Written & illustrated by Carme Lemniscates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Striking illustrations and a simple narrative celebrate the potential of seeds, literal and metaphorical.

Some seeds are whisked away by the wind, while others are carried by creatures to their destinations. Once seeds find their spot, they go through breathtaking transformations, multiplying in number and size and thriving in even the most unseemly places. We humans plant seeds, too, and with care we can cultivate and nurture something wonderful, whether by sowing a seed in the earth or by choosing our own seeds of kindness to spread around. With gorgeous, welcoming illustrations, the creator of Trees and Birds presents another ode to the beauty around and within us.

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Little Boo
Written by Stephen Wunderli & illustrated by Tim Zeltner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A pumpkin seed tries unsuccessfully to be scary until it grows into a pumpkin and Halloween arrives.

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The Tiny Seed
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

With his inimitable bright collage art and simple text, Carle follows the journey of a seed, from being blown by the wind to taking root and sprouting seeds of its own. Full color.

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  • From seed to plant - With simple language and bright illustrations, non-fiction master Gail Gibbons introduces young readers to the processes of pollination, seed formation, and germination. Important vocabulary is reinforced with accessible explanation and colorful, clear diagrams showing the parts of plants, the wide variety of seeds, and how they grow.

  • Seed Man - Seed Man is a heartwarming fairy tale that illustrates how acts of kindness can help to heal our neighbors and even strangers in need. Seed Man reminds us of the transformative power of kindness and encourages us to play our own role in the cycle of giving.

  • Pick, Pull, Snap!: Where Once a Flower Bloomed - In the orchard a honey bee buzzes. Its legs brush pollen inside a fragrant pink flower: A small green fruit begins to grow and grow and grow…. Peaches and peas and even peanuts – they all begin with a single flower: How? Open this book and find out!

  • Little Seed - Meet a little seed with a very big heart in this imaginative board book about how to hug and love our very big world. Little Seed has a very big wish: figure out how to hug the whole world. So with a loving nudge from Mama Earth, Little Seed sets out on an adventure to meet and learn different ways to hug and love each new friend. But how do you hug a panda who’s as soft as a cloud? And how do you hug a whale who’s as big as a mountain? This adorable board book is perfect for teaching little ones how and why it’s important to find different ways to show our love. A sweet reminder that we all have the power to bring more love and light into the world, this loving story proves that all we need to do is take it one hug at time, just like Little Seed.

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Horse & Buggy Plant a Seed
Written & illustrated by Ethan Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

How long does it take for a seed to grow? Horse and Buggy can’t wait to find out in this hilarious story about waiting from Geisel medalist Ethan Long.

Is it ready yet? What about now? Horse is so excited for the seed he planted to grow, he can’t help asking Buggy a million questions. But with a little sunshine, water, and patience, Horse and Buggy are in for a surprise when their tiny seed grows into. . .a gigantic watermelon! Ethan Long delivers a perfect punchline for emergent readers in this latest Horse & Buggy.

An I Like to Read® book.

The award-winning I Like to Read® series focuses on guided reading levels A through G, based upon Fountas and Pinnell standards. Acclaimed author-illustrators–including winners of Caldecott, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and Coretta Scott King honors–create original, high quality illustrations that support comprehension of simple text and are fun for kids to read with parents, teachers, or on their own!

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Plants on the Move
Written & illustrated by Émilie Vast
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A gorgeous, lyrical introduction to the idea that plants aren’t as stationary as you might think. Watch out for those buttercup creepers! When you think of a plant, you don’t think of how it moves. But the feathery seeds of the dandelion fly to other gardens, strawberry tendrils creep, and maple seeds spin. There are many different ways plants move, not only as they grow, but in their quest to reproduce: falling, clinging, floating, burrowing–even exploding! Fourteen plant journeys are chronicled, but more than sixty species are highlighed in Émilie Vast’s fantastic and unique art style. Learn the scientific names for the different ways plants move.

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Poppy, Buttercup, Bluebell, and Dandy
Written & illustrated by Fiona Woodcock
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Watch a gorgeous garden bloom and grow in this enchanting new picture book from rising star Fiona Woodcock! A group of beautiful and feisty young wildflowers on skateboards and scooters zoom through the pages of this stunning book, spreading flower seeds as they go. Together they transform their urban environment into a place that is no longer gray, but filled with color and scent. Nature’s magic is revealed in all its glory, embodying Ralph Waldo Emerson’s idea that a weed is “a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” Budding environmentalists will respond to the underlying themes of conservation and stewardship of the earth.

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So Happy!
Written by Kevin Henkes & illustrated by Anita Lobel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

There once wasa boy, a rabbit, a magic seed, and a book.The boy, who was bored, went looking for something to do.The rabbit, who was curious, explored until he was lost.The seed was thirsty, but soon it grew and grew and grew.And the book?You are holding it in your hands.Turn the pages!It will make youso happ

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Who Will Plant a Tree?
Written by Jerry Pallotta & illustrated by Tom Leonard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Explores how animals, in the course of their everyday activities, help disperse seeds that will one day turn into trees.

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