Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday 11.11.15 Plants


I am excited to join Alyson Beecher and other friends in this weekly challenge.  Finding great nonfiction picture books isn't a challenge anymore, there are so many wonderful books to be read now!  The challenge is sharing them with as many people as possible so they can find this wealth of literature to share with our young readers.  Thanks to Aly for starting this weekly link-up and thanks to all who join in!  See all of the posts at kidlitfrenzy.

Looking at the NGSS, different grade levels look at plants - how they survive, offspring, parts.  Here are a few books you can use when studying this topic!

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Flowers Are Calling 
by Rita Gray
Illustrated by Kenard Pak
Gorgeous book about how insects, birds and other creatures in nature help keep plants, flowers and trees growing.  The pattern of the book shows 3 pages of an insect, bird or other animal being drawn towards a flower, sometimes mentioning the purpose (eat pollen, getting nectar).  The next page names the flower and why it is important to have the creature land on it - what it does for the flower.  The end pages invite you to look closely at a flower and note its color, pattern, shape, smell and time of opening.  The author includes additional facts and sites to visit.  Wonderful narrative nonfiction text.

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Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner

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A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston

Don't forget to pair these books with some lovely fiction books:

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If You Hold a Seed by Elly MacKay

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The Dandelion's Tale by Kevin Sheehan

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Rooting for You by Susan Hood

I'm sure your students' learning will grow with these books!


  1. Love Kate Messner's book. Will find Flowers Are Calling, and all those others new to me, Michele. What a good post to gather all the flower books! Love your final line!

  2. I need to check out Flowers are Growing. A cute fiction picture book to pair for kiddos would be How to Grow a Friend.

  3. I like how you paired up everything. Nice choices and a couple that I don't know - If you Hold a Seed and The Dandelion's Tale. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Flowers are calling is one that I want to read. At my bookstore the other day, they didn't have it :-( Love this author/illustrator combo

  5. Beautiful! Collections like this are perfect for those of us who do storytimes - it helps to have so many great titles that complement each other. Thanks for sharing these, I think I'd love to pull these out in the spring, too. Thanks for sharing!

  6. It's dangerous joining book communities, I must get Flowers are Calling. It sounds so interesting for so many ways. I'm intrigued that flowers have different purposes. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Lots of new titles for me. Thanks!

  8. Lots of new titles for me. Thanks!

  9. I know about If You Hold a Seed - and featured it for our tree-themed bibiliography published earlier this year. The otehr titles though are new to me, so thanks for sharing.