6 Picture Books to Support Nature-Based Learning in May
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Winter seemed to hang around especially stubbornly this year, but in the last week leaves have suddenly begun to emerge on trees, the grass seems to have sprung up another inch every morning, and the seeds we planted are all sprouting happily in the garden. With so much new plant growth, it’s the perfect time to dive in to some basic botany exploration, and the 6 books I’ve selected this month offer a perfect framework for doing just that.
The simple text and clear illustrations in this story offer a perfect introduction into the growth cycle of a plant. Paired with a simple seed starting activity (I'm a big fan of starting beans in clear plastic bags tapped to the window so that the children can clearly observe the initial root growth), this book is a natural introduction into early childhood botany study.
This informational text offers a comprehensive overview of plant growth, pollination, and seed dispersal. While less engaging than some other titles on this list, it's a useful addition to any collection because it makes an excellent child-friendly reference text.
The lyrical text and gentle illustrations in this book about seed dispersal make it an engaging read for all ages. It's full of information about the wide variety of ways in which seeds get planted, and does a nice job of demonstrating how people, animals, plants, and weather all play important roles in spreading seeds.
Author Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrator Sylvia Long are a dynamic team, and their series of nature books are among my absolute favorite. A Seed Is Sleepy is no exception- the beautiful illustrations are accompanied by detailed informative text explaining the many surprising attributes of a seed.
The silly title of this book makes it an instant hit amongst little ones, who will delight in pointing out all the "suitcases" they like to eat. The analogy at the core of the book - that fruits offer a protective case for seeds as they travel - is perfect for helping young learners understand a key botany concept. This book can be paired nicely with a fruit dissection activity.
With poetic text and eye-catching illustrations, this book is a wonderful introduction to the role of flowers and the diverse array of pollinators that visit them. I find this book to be an excellent bridge from plant study into an exploration of insects and/or pollinators.
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