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Early Literacy Tip

Children love to make predictions.  Engage them when reading by asking, “What do you think will happen next?”

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The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall
After sowing unmarked seeds, three youngsters wait expectantly for their garden to grow.

Sunflower House by Eve Bunting
A young boy creates a summer playhouse by planting sunflowers. When his sunflowers wilt, he saves the seeds to make another house next year.

Rose’s Garden by Peter Reynolds
Rose finds a neglected patch of earth in the middle of a bustling city where she can plant the flower seeds collected from her travels in her magical teapot.

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
A simple description of a flowering plant's life cycle.

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
A mother and child plant a rainbow of flowers in the family garden.

Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown
Ten seeds are planted, but only one beautiful flower blooms. An ant, a mouse, a pigeon and lots of other creatures cause seeds to disappear until only one remains. It grows into a majestic flower and drops ten seeds so the cycle can begin again.

Wake Up, Its Spring! by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Word of the arrival of spring spreads from earth to worm to seed to ladybug and on through the natural world until everyone is dancing in celebration.

I Have a Garden by Bob Barner
Dog relates the wonderful things that can be found in his garden.

Tap the Magic Tree
Invites the reader to tap, rub, touch and wiggle illustrations to make an apple tree bloom, produce fruit and lose its leaves.

Little Apple Goat by Caroline Church
Little Apple Goat's love of apples, cherries and pears helps her plant an orchard for the animals on the farm.


(These non-fiction books may not be developmentally appropriate for every preschooler. You know your children—if any of the text is beyond where you think they are, you can still use the book by discussing the pictures and illustrations.)

How a Seed Grows by Helene Jamieson Jordan
This simple introduction leads young readers through a series of steps that result in bean plants as well as a basic understanding of how seeds work.

What Are Seeds? by Molly Aloian
Accessible text and vivid photographs introduce readers to seeds describing how they spread and their different uses.

A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla
Simple and concise text and lush illustrations follow a tree's continuous life cycle through spring, summer, winter and fall.

Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move
In this lushly illustrated book, children can read about the amazing journeys of many different kinds of seeds.

Dandelion Adventures by Patricia L. Kite
As the wind blows seven dandelion seeds into the air, children will learn not only how seeds regenerate, but just how far they can travel.

One Bean by Anne F. Rockwell
Describes what happens to a bean as it is soaked, planted, watered, repotted and eventually produces pods with more beans inside.

From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
A simple introduction to how plants reproduce—discussing pollination, seed dispersal and growth from seed to plant.

From Seed to Plant by Allan Fowler
Simple text and photos show the different parts of plants and the stages between seed and plant.

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