PLANTS & GROWTH BOOKS

Topic Books about Plants and Growing for Children in KS1

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Grandpa's Garden

by Stella Fry

Grow your own class vegetables with Grandpa's Garden. This beautifully told story follows Billy from early spring to late summer as he helps his grandpa on his vegetable patch. When harvest time arrives they can pick all the vegetables and fruit they have grown. 

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Bee 

by Patricia Hegarty

Turn the pages to follow the miraculous little bee and its journey from flower to flower in this delightful peep-through picture book. Brought to life by the lyrical text and stunning artwork, the miracle of pollination will amaze and entertain.

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Oliver's Vegetables 

by Vivian French

Oliver loves chips. In fact, he won't eat anything else - until he plays a game with his Grandpa. Whatever vegetable he finds, he must eat. Explore new foods as Oliver realises vegetables aren't that bad after all.

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The Gigantic Turnip

by Aleksei Tolstoy 

This hilarious retelling of the classic Russian tale about a farmer whose turnip is impossible to pull from the ground uses simple vocabulary and quirky illustrations. Its cumulative theme will soon have young readers gleefully joining in.

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Yucky Worms by Vivian French

Worms – fun, fascinating and wriggly worms! The humble earthworm plays a significant role in the environment, as all gardeners know: it aerates the soil, composts dead matter into rich humus in which seeds can germinate and plants can grow. Children love them too – especially for their wriggliness!

The Secret Sky Garden

by Linda Sarah

Funni enjoys flying her kite in the disused car park. But something is missing. So Funni decides to grow a garden in the space. One day, a little boy spots the garden from his plane, and decides to find it....

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The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

When the tiny seed is blown away, it travels a long way - over seas, deserts and mountains. The tiny seed survives the hazards of the journey and finally falls onto fertile earth. It grows and grows, becoming the tallest, biggest flower for miles around. Then one day the wind blows and thousands of the flower's seeds begin their own journeys.

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Eddie's Garden by Sarah Garland

What makes Eddie's garden grow? Earth, rain, sun and all sorts of creatures, of course! Eddie's garden is magnificent, from his stringy bean house to his tall sunflowers. How Eddie's garden grows is told in this gentle story with lively characters and colourful illustrations.

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Jasper's Beanstalk 

by Nick Butterworth

Jasper plants a bean. He waits for it to grow into a beanstalk all week. How long will he have to wait before he can start looking for giants? A picture book classic perfect for children finding out about nature and how things grow.

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How Do Flowers Grow?

by Katie Daynes

This stylish, highly illustrated book is perfect for sharing with little children, and introduces nature and science using a friendly lift-the-flap format. A brilliant introduction to one of the fundamental themes of biology, perfect for curious young minds.

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It Starts With a Seed

by Laura Knowles 

Follow a seed as it transforms into a tree with its branches and roots filling the page. As the tree grows, it is joined by woodland creatures who make it their home. Beautiful and evocative, a factual story with an enchanting message of life and growth.

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The Amazing Plant Life Cycle Story by Kay Barnham

Follow the journey of a young boy and girl as they find out about how plants grow. This beautifully illustrated book explains why insects are important to plants, how seeds travel and why plants are important to us all.

The Book of Trees

by Piotr Socha

Why are trees so important? How many types are there? How do they benefit the environment and wildlife? This book answers these questions and more, tracking the history of trees from the time of the dinosaurs to the current day.

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The Little Gardener 

by Emily Hughes

There was once a little gardener and his garden meant everything to him. He worked hard, very hard, but he was just too little (or at least he felt he was). A tale that teaches us just how important it is to persist and try, no matter what the odds. 

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The Magic Garden

by Lemniscates

Just like the passing of the seasons, or the mysterious transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly, in this garden, everything is continually changing. With gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful story of a young girl discovering the marvels of nature.

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Flowers by DK

A first nature book about flowers for children, this is the perfect companion for young minds eager to learn about the world of flowering plants. Children are encouraged to investigate and record all the wildflowers they find and get hands on with the fun activities.

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Where Does Broccoli Come From? by Arielle Dani Lebovitz 

A colourful and playful vegetable guidebook introduces 102 veggies with full-colour photography and charming illustrations. Learn fun facts from farm to table, vegetable seasonality, nutrition information, an introduction to cooking with tasty recipes, and how to pick, store, and eat veggies too.

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The Bee Book

by Charlottte Milner 

Bees are incredibly industrious, brilliant at building, and - most importantly - along with other insects, they are responsible for a third of every mouthful of food you eat! The Bee Book is perfect to teach children all about our fuzzy friends, how much they matter, why they are declining, and what we can do to help. 

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