Books about plants for primary school children

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Plants are brilliant – not only are many of them very beautiful, but they feed us, we make medicines from them, and they clean our air!

Find out more about them, or just enjoy their existence, through this selection of books about plants. It includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

  • Errol’s Garden

    Author: Gillian Hibbs

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Errol’s Garden

    Author: Gillian Hibbs

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Errol loves gardening, but he doesn’t have a garden. Then he comes up with a creative solution, thanks to the discovery of a disus…

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  • The Little Gardener

    Author: Emily Hughes

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Little Gardener

    Author: Emily Hughes

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    With diverse illustrations, and a clear story to follow, this wonderful book is the perfect read - especially when your own garden…

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  • Watch Me Bloom

    Author: Krina Patel-Sage

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Watch Me Bloom

    Author: Krina Patel-Sage

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    From lavender to sunflowers and daffodils to orchids, discover a bouquet of short poems celebrating different flower species.

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  • A Little Dose of Nature

    Author: Dr. Alison Greenwood

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • A Little Dose of Nature

    Author: Dr. Alison Greenwood

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    This book is both calming and fun, suggesting over 25 activities to do while enjoying being outside. Brilliant for young children …

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  • Saving Mr Hoot

    Author: Helen Stephens

    Interest level: 2-6

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  • Saving Mr Hoot

    Author: Helen Stephens

    Interest level: 2-6

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    A funny and heartwarming story about a young boy’s mission to protect an owl and old beech tree. Children – and adults – will love…

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  • My Nana's Garden

    Author: Dawn Casey Illustrator: Jessica Courtney-Tickle

    Interest level: 4-8

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  • My Nana's Garden

    Author: Dawn Casey Illustrator: Jessica Courtney-Tickle

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age:

    A stunning book about nature, the seasons and the cycle of life and death, My Nana’s Garden is a beautiful picture book and a perf…

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  • Footpath Flowers

    Author: JonArno Lawson Illustrator: Sydney Smith

    Interest level: 5-7

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  • Footpath Flowers

    Author: JonArno Lawson Illustrator: Sydney Smith

    Interest level: 5-7

    Reading age:

    A little girl spreads joy and colour through the grey townscape, when she picks and presents flowers from the pavements to the peo…

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  • Omar, the Bees and Me

    Author: Helen Mortimer Illustrator: Katie Cottle

    Interest level: 4-8

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  • Omar, the Bees and Me

    Author: Helen Mortimer Illustrator: Katie Cottle

    Interest level: 4-8

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    With a perfect balance of fact and narrative, this heartwarming picture book will engage and delight young children, and inspire t…

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  • When the Bees Buzzed Off!

    Author: Lula Bell Illustrator: Stephen Bennett

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • When the Bees Buzzed Off!

    Author: Lula Bell Illustrator: Stephen Bennett

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    This fabulous lift-the-flap book subtly encourages everyone to plant lots of bee-friendly flowers and is a fun-filled introduction…

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  • The Tiny Seed

    Author: Eric Carle

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Tiny Seed

    Author: Eric Carle

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 7+

    In the autumn, flower seeds are blown up in the air and across the land. Some seeds are burned by the sun while others land on ice…

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  • Poppy Goes Wild

    Author: Nick Powell Illustrator: Becca Hall

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Poppy Goes Wild

    Author: Nick Powell Illustrator: Becca Hall

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    Poppy loves listening to her grandpa's stories of the wildlife that used to make his farm their home - but modern farming techniqu…

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  • Nature's Day

    Author: Kay Maguire and Danielle Kroll

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 8

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  • Nature's Day

    Author: Kay Maguire and Danielle Kroll

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 8

    An introduction to the seasons, and what flowers, wildlife and fruit and veg you can expect to see.

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  • It Starts with a Seed

    Author: Laura Knowles Illustrator: Jennie Webber

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • It Starts with a Seed

    Author: Laura Knowles Illustrator: Jennie Webber

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    A seed becomes a sapling, then a young tree, until, after many years, it grows into a large tree with roots and branches filling t…

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  • No More Peas

    Author: Madeleine Cook Illustrator: Erika Meza

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • No More Peas

    Author: Madeleine Cook Illustrator: Erika Meza

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Oliver only wants to eat chips and pizza for dinner. But Daddy keeps cooking vegetables – yuk! A story about growing vegetables, e…

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  • Mrs Noah's Garden

    Author: Jackie Morris Illustrator: James Mayhew

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Mrs Noah's Garden

    Author: Jackie Morris Illustrator: James Mayhew

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age:

    Inspired by the biblical tale of Noah’s Ark, the central character in this charming picture book is the strong, compassionate and …

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  • Tell Me About... Plants

    Author: Emily Dodd Illustrator: Chorkung

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Tell Me About... Plants

    Author: Emily Dodd Illustrator: Chorkung

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Did you know that ant plants have ants living inside them? This fantastic first science book is packed with fascinating facts abou…

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