Community Read 2020

Wild World of Plants

In 2020, we asked readers to push the boundaries of what they thought they knew and dive into the wacky, weird, and wild world of plants.


We were thrilled to announce our first science fiction selection—Semiosis by Sue Burke. A tale of first contact, Sue Burke’s debut science fiction novel follows a group of colonists forced to land on a planet they aren't prepared for, where plants are the dominant life forms and humans are their pawns. Semiosis is a generation-spanning sci-fi tale, told through the lens of multiple perspectives across the first 107 years of settlement.

“Original, gripping, and gloriously unpredictable.”

—Mira Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Parasite

Weird Plants

For our nonfiction fans, a compilation book titled Weird Plants showcases weird, mysterious and bizarre plants from around the globe. Through the combination of author Chris Thorogood’s jarring illustrations and botanical expertise, these fantastic plants seem to leap off the page and come to life.

“This isn’t a book about pretty wallflowers who sit on the sidelines waiting to be attended to. These are rude plants. They’ve got backbone.”

Cent Magazine on Weird Plants

The Enormous Potato

For our youngest readers, professional storyteller Aubrey Davis reimagines one of our favorite folk tales, The Enormous Potato. This humorous tale begins with a farmer who plants an eye—a potato eye. It grows and grows into an enormous potato. Harvest time comes, but the potato is so big that the farmer can't pull it out. So he calls for help, first to his wife, then to their daughter, then to the dog, and so on.



Semiosis Discussion Guide
Recommended Additional Readings for Adults & Teens

Weird Plants

Weird Plants Activities
Weird Plants Cards
Weird Plants Battle Cards
Weird Plants Modified Cards
Recommended Additional Readings for Middle School 
The Weird, The Wild, and The Wonderful (YouTube)

The Enormous Potato

The Enormous Potato Activities
Recommended Additional Readings for Younger Readers