As we worked our way through My Father’s World Kindergarten each week there was a different theme. I very quickly learned it pays off to check my local library for some more books to go with our theme. Since two weeks of the curriculum have the themes of leaf and apple, I’m terming this our botany picture books for kindergarten, and they provided the basis for a fair amount of science lessons and the basis for one of our book lists.
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Leaf picture books we picked out
- Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs– the real hit of the week. I read this at least 5 times, probably more. This inspired this Leaf Men craft.
- Leaf Man– I’m always a fan of books I can easily adapt to a project, and of course, after reading it we grabbed some leaves and made our artwork.
- From Seed to Plant– this did a great job of showing how the plants grow and has inspired the usual grow a seed in a plastic bag experiment that we will be starting later today. This would be great when learning about gardening.
- Plants!– another great information book about plants. Love the pictures!
- The Magic Leaf– Is a cute little Asian fairy tale about a foolish man who thinks a leaf will turn him invisible and the problems he has when it doesn’t.
Our Apple picture books
- Apples– this has lots of great facts and the kids had lots of fun following along, but they never really wanted to read it again.
- Little Apple Goat– a very cute story about a goat who loves apples and fruit, and spits the seeds over the fence. Can you guess what happens to the seeds? My guys liked it okay, but never really latched onto it.
- From Apples to Applesauce– great job of following an apple from start to finish. It was really interesting to see the machine that takes the peel off (kind of gross though).
- How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World– I used this back when I was teaching as part of our unit on nutrition. We also used it as a geography lesson. Which is what my kids are going to do this afternoon. We’re going to follow her around the world on our map and make a pie. This is the cutest book!
- Apple Farmer Annie– right after we read this book, the kids insisted we had to make apple cake and applesauce because she did in the book. Then we had to go to the store to buy a LOT of apples. We have done lots of great activities off this book, which sadly never made it onto the blog that I can find.
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Originally published September 4, 2009