Eight Great Books About Botany To Support Nature-Based Learning

8 Great Books About Botany To Support Nature-Based Learning

Botany, or the study of plants, is a wonderful nature-based learning topic that's both accessible and interesting to learners of all ages. From planting seeds to dissecting plants to creating pressed flower artwork, there are ample opportunities for hands-on learning and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) integration. 

These eight great books pair nicely with the Wonderkin Botany Box and provide the perfect jumping off point for hours of plant study and outdoor exploration! 



1. The Reason for a Flower: A Book About Flowers, Pollen, and Seeds by Ruth Heller

The vivid illustrations and singsongy text of this book, featured in the Wonderkin Botany Box, make it appealing to even very young readers, and there's plenty of interesting factual information to keep older learners engaged as well. 



2. One Bean by Anne Rockwell

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, this book is a natural introduction into early childhood botany study. 


3. A Fruit Is A Suitcase For Seeds by Jean Richards

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. 



4. From Seed To Plant by Gail Gibbons

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. 



5. A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston

Author Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrator Sylvia Long are a dynamic team, and their series of nature books are among our 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.

While you're at it, don't miss our Q&A with author Dianna Hutts Aston



6. Planting The Wild Garden by Kathryn Galbraith

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. 



7. Flowers Are Calling by Rita Gray

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. This book offers an excellent bridge from plant study into an exploration of insects and/or pollinators. 



8. Sunflower House by Eve Bunting

This charming story is a perennial favorite, and is perfect for teaching about the life cycle of a plant. You may even feel inspired to plant a "sunflower house' of your own!




Keep the learning going with the Wonderkin Botany Box, available in our online shop.