Books, Science/Math


TITLE: Plants Can’t Sit Still

AUTHOR: Rebecca E. Hirsch


PUBLICATION INFO: Millbrook Press, 2016

ISBN: 978-1467780315

SOURCE: review copy provided by publisher

INTENDED AUDIENCE: ages 5 and up

GENRE: nonfiction picture book


“Plants don’t have feet or fins or wings, yet they can move in many ways. Look closely and you’ll discover that plants can’t sit still.”

From the publisher: “Do plants really move? Absolutely! You might be surprised by all ways plants can move. Plants might not pick up their roots and walk away, but they definitely don’t sit still! Discover the many ways plants (and their seeds) move. Whether it’s a sunflower, a Venus flytrap, or an exotic plant like an exploding cucumber, this fascinating picture book shows just how excitingly active plants really are.”

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: Hirsch turns conventional thinking on its head with this playful book. Plants may be rooted, but they can’t sit still, as Hirsch’s refrain tells us. She uses vivid verbs to explain the many ways plants grow, move, and spread, all the while reinforcing what plants need to grow: water, sunshine, and room. PLANTS CAN’T SIT STILL is both a great read-aloud and a wonderful addition to an elementary classroom unit about plants.


  • See for yourself how plants reach and creep. Grow beans in a plastic bag. Find instructions here.
  • OutsideMom provides a lesson plan for learning how seeds move here.
  • Here’s a catchy tune about seed dispersal from Mr. R’s Songs for Teaching.

You’ll find way more cool books at Susanna Leonard Hill’s “Perfect Picture Books.” Every Friday folks review a host of new books. Join us!

15 thoughts on “PPBF: PLANTS CAN’T SIT STILL”

  1. Kirsten, it’s so nice to have Susanna back with the link up for Perfect Picture Book Friday. I’m determined to do a better job of hopping around…so many wonderful books to read! I love this one…I’ve always loved gardening…from the time I walked in the backyard of my grandmother’s house in Brooklyn and discovered an oasis of beauty in the middle of New York City. And I absolutely love the title!

  2. This sounds like one of the many picture books where I would be learning new facts. Great focus for learning about plants.

  3. Awesome book – no wonder it was a hit with both of us! I love the language and the illustrations, and the open-endedness of the book… we can go out and watch our plants not sitting still!

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