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Worms

A visual nonfiction account of everything earthworm.

A simply written and illustrated book that introduces earthworms to young readers.

This week’s theme is worms! Our “Growing Minds Day by Day” educational resource lists are designed for families and educators to use during the COVID-19 quarantine and beyond. 

You learn a bit about worms and keeping a diary–and you get plenty of laughs. (For instance, one page reads “June 15 – My older sister thinks she’s so pretty. I told her that no matter how much time she spends looking in the mirror, her face will always look just like her rear end.” See?)

Everything we eat comes with a story. This book shares the stories, memories, and feelings that live within each yellow pear tomato that grows in a young girl’s garden. What stories grow within the food in your school garden?

Curious about vermi-composting for your classroom? This book offers an investigative look at worms as decomposers.

A big fat bird spies a big fat worm, and a fun story of predator vs. prey unfolds.

All about worms and how they reproduce and grow. Each page of this book is filled with colorful photographs that serve as fantastic visual aids for the text.

What happens undergound? Creatures dig, plants put down roots, worms tunnel… This book introduces students to the vast array of life that occurs under the ground.

Worms wiggle all over the garden, tunneling through the dirt, helping plants to grow strong and healthy. This book is all about the life of a worm, from what it eats to the way it moves to the benefits it has in your garden. Students will be interested to study their slimy playground pals, and will learn that worms are actually very helpful to farmers and gardeners.