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The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History

We were thrilled to announce The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History by award-winning author Thor Hanson as our Community Read selection.

Hanson’s warm and engaging writing led us to discover the power that seeds contain, their ability to endure, and the journeys they take. These amazing marvels of nature explode into extraordinary beauty both tiny and grand and, in turn, nourish and inspire human life.

Seedfolks

We also chose Seedfolks as the Community Read book for middle grade readers. Written by Paul Fleischman, Seedfolks tells the story of how the simple act of a 9-year old girl planting lima bean seeds sparks 13 very different individuals from various ethnic backgrounds, cultures, and age levels to come together to create a community garden.

The Reason for a Flower

Our youngest readers engaged with The Reason for a Flower by author Ruth Heller. In this book about flowers, pollen, and seeds, Heller introduces young readers to parts of plants and their functions in her trademark rhythmic style.

Resources

The Triumph of Seeds

Triumph of Seeds Discussion Questions
Additional Readings for Adults & Teens

Seedfolks

Seedfolks Discussion Questions & Activities
Activity Components to be printed out on card stock:

Additional Readings for Middle Graders

The Reason for a Flower

Reason for a Flower Activities
Additional Readings for Children