HOW DOES A PLANT GROW? Helps Children's Awareness of Plants


Children don't have to be botanists-in-training to discover the message of this book: "All plants are interesting, even the weeds." Young readers are sure to be intrigued by the wide variety of shapes, sizes, and functions in flowers, fruit trees, and all sorts of other flora seen in bright and whimsical illustrations by artist Phil Smith in just released How Does a Plant Grow? NSTA's new title is written in rhyme and presents the basic structures and functions of seed plants as inquiry explorations. Including concepts of how seeds sprout to why leaves turn to the light to the vital roles of stems and roots, K-6 grade children will be inspired by the science while reciting new poems.

The content correlates to criteria set forth by national science standards and has been vetted by science experts for correctness. Science activity pages are included in a Parent/Teacher Handbook section to help guide further discussion.

How Does a Plant Grow? is part of an exciting new division of NSTA Press, NSTA Kids, and is intended to supplement science instruction while encouraging young readers to become avid readers.

Lawrence Lowery taught in the Oakland, California, public schools before becoming a professor of science education at the University of California, Berkeley. He has more than 40 years' experience creating science activities and programs, developing curricula, and writing articles and books, including NSTA Press's recent publication The Everyday Science Sourcebook, Revised 2nd Edition.

You can browse sample pages of this new book for free at the NSTA Science Store website at

For additional information or to purchase How Does a Plant Grow? and other books from NSTA Press, visit the NSTA Science Store at To order by phone, call 800-277-5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET weekdays. The 40-page book is priced at $10.95 and discount-priced for NSTA members at $8.76. (Stock # PB330X3, ISBN #978-1-936959-47-1)

The Arlington, Va.-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes more than 50,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

NSTA Press produces 20-25 new books each year. Focused on the preK-college market and specifically aimed at teachers of science, NSTA Press titles offer a unique blend of accurate scientific content and sound teaching strategies.