"One Watermelon Seed" by Celia Barker Lottridge, illustrations by Karen Patkau (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2008 - originally published in 1986)
On the Toronto Public Library's 10 best books of 2008 list for Children up to 5 years of age.
In this picture book from Canada, Max and Josephine are busy tending their garden. Children can count along up to ten with them as they plant their seeds. Then when it is time to harvest the crops from the garden, children can keep counting in tens. Readers will also be busy searching for the small creatures in the garden on each page. Take a look inside the garden fruits and vegetables following the story. Do you have a garden at home or help with a community garden? This is a nice book to share with preschoolers and early elementary-aged children to discuss gardening and for encouraging beginning math skills. The cover also makes me hungry for watermelon!