Featured Book: “If you plant a seed”

"If you plant a seed" book cover
Author: Kadir Nelson
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson

Book Summary: “If you plant a carrot seed…a carrot will grow. But what happens if you plant a seed of kindness…or selfishness?”

If you know this author and illustrator, then it will be of no surprise that the pictures, the paintings, are breathtaking. He selected to have a few wordless pages, which speak volumes under his artistic talent. As the title suggests, it is about planting a seed and what a seed needs to grow, and simultaneously, it is about the seeds we plant in our hearts and minds and what they produce. This story does a brilliant job of combining science with character teaching – both which could be picked up and fostered in the classroom in very powerful ways.

Science Topics

  • Seeds
  • Plants
  • What a plant needs to survive
  • Collaboration
  • Food source competition

Literacy Connections

  • Story elements
  • Character building
  • Comparing & contrasting to other stories (fables)
  • Cause and effect
  • Dialogue building for the wordless pages

Sociocultural Connections

  • Collaboration between a rabbit and a mouse (unlikely pair)
  • Community building
  • Character building
  • Choices
  • Perspective
  • Empathy

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