Seeds! Good Books about Plant Life Cycles (Easy Readers/Chapter Books)

The wonder of Spring!

The earth warms and plants come back to life. Roots and tops emerge like magic from little seeds!

Here is our list of the Easy(iest) Practice Readers about seeds and plant life cycles. AR 1.0 to 2.9

I'm A Seed
(Hello Reader)
by Jean Marzollo

GoodReads::: 3.5 average rating — 14 votes (GR data updated 4/12)

Description: Two newly planted seeds, the first a marigold, the second a mystery seed, discuss the changes that take place as they grow until the second seed delightedly becomes a bright pumpkin plant with five baby pumpkins. Available in Spanish.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 181
Page Count: 32
Reading Level: 1.0 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 55669

Lexile: 60L

I Am an Apple
(Hello Reader Science Level 1)
by Jean Marzollo

GoodReads::: 3.89 average rating — 18 votes

Description: An introduction to the life cycle of an apple follows the fruit's journey from a tiny bud on a tree to a large, juicy fruit, and is illustrated with colorful cut-paper art.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 166
Page Count: 32
Reading Level: 1.0 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 58853

Lexile: 120L

The Dandelion Seed
by Joseph Anthony, Cris Arbo

GoodReads::: 4.54 average rating — 26 votes

Description: The humble dandelion. By roadside or mountainside, it flowers every month of the year throughout the world, a fitting symbol of life. Its journey is our journey, filled with challenge, wonder and beauty. This popular, simple book is beautiful and touching.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 248
Page Count: 32
Reading Level: 2.4 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 17519

Lexile: AD490L

How a Seed Grows
(Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)
by Helene J. Jordan

GoodReads::: 3.87 average rating — 31 votes

Description: Revised illustrations and format make this book, originally published in 1960, a valuable choice. With charming illustrations and clear text, 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. Children are encouraged to follow each aspect of the botanical process, from sowing bean seeds, to the growth of tiny root hairs, to transplanting the plant in the garden. Realistic and inviting full-color watercolors show only procedures that are possible for youngsters to follow with minimal involvement from adults. The African-American girl, who is the main character, is definitely in charge; her white male friend performs only menial tasks. --Eva Elisabeth Von Ancken, Trinity Pawling School, NY

Reading Information:
Word Count: 713
Page Count: 32
Reading Level: 2.6 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 16749

Lexile: 400L

The Tiny Seed
by Eric Carle

GoodReads::: 3.95 average rating — 1862 votes

Description: In autumn, a strong wind blows flower seeds high in the air and carries them far across the land. One by one, many of the seeds are lost -- burned by the sun, fallen into the ocean, eaten by a bird. But some survive the long winter and, come spring, sprout into plants, facing new dangers -- trampled by playing children, picked as a gift for a friend. Soon only the tiniest seed remains, growing into a giant flower and, when autumn returns, sending its own seeds into the wind to start the process over again.

Eric Carle's eloquent text and brilliant collages turn the simple life cycle of a plant into an exciting story, a nature lesson, and an inspiring message of the importance of perseverance.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 762
Page Count: 36
Reading Level: 2.7 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 23629

Lexile: 400L

For Even More Books at AR levels above 2.9 See our list about Seeds and Plant Life Cycles see here.