A nonfiction picture book I read this week and loved was Rebecca E. Hirsch’s Plants Can’t Sit Still (Lerner/Millbrook, 2016), illustrated by Mia Posada. What a beautiful nonfiction book! This is a delightful exploration of the various reasons and methods plants move. From seeking sunlight to evading predators to propagating, all the basics are covered. And the language is fabulous! “Plants can creep. They slither underground or crawl through tall grass…” Wonderful! Who wouldn’t want to keep reading?
And all the verbs are in red, making it an awesome mentor text for using active verbs in your writing. Plus, the art is luscious and lively. I like to think that some teachers will use both this book and A Leaf Can Be… in their plant unit, because it makes me happy to think of our books side by side in kids’ hands.
You can learn more and see an interview with Rebecca here. I saw this book in manuscript form, and I am so happy to see it emerge into the world as this lovely book!