The Fruits of Summer!

And vegetables, too! I am sooooo looking forward to fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes. Not to mention berries of all kinds and ears of sweet corn. Here are a couple of books that will have you and your kids planting in the garden or taking a trip to your local farmer’s market.

Edible Numbers by Jennifer Vogel Bass gives us photographs of luscious fruits and vegetables, while at the same time giving us a fun way to practice counting with our toddlers and preschoolers. Each two page spread focuses on one fruit or vegetable. On the left hand page, the author presents one commonly recognized variation of a fruit or vegetable. On the right hand page she gives us a number of different variations of the same fruit or vegetable. Have fun counting! Pegged for preschool-1st grade.

Seed, Soil, Sun: Earth’s Recipe for Food by Cris Peterson is for those who want to know, “What’s going on in that garden of mine that turns seeds into fruits and vegetables?” The author gives us the science behind plant growth including the buried seed’s journey to the surface and the energy-creating process of photosynthesis. The photos give you and your child a wondrous worms-eye view. Pegged for grades K-3.

Share your favorite children’s books about fruits and vegetables!

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