Watermelon is such a wonderful treat during the summertime. If you are looking for some watermelon-themed books to go along with the watermelon you are eating, read on! Below are 9 books about watermelon geared toward preschoolers.
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
This book follows a funny crocodile whose greatest fear is swallowing a watermelon seed. When he accidentally swallows a seed, the crocodile imagines all sorts of silly things might happen to him as a result.
One Watermelon Seed by Celia Lottridge
This book about two children planting a garden will involve your kids in counting from one to ten, and then counting by tens all the way to 100. Watermelons are among the items planted, but are not the sole focus of the story.
Watermelon Day by Kathi Appelt
This story follows young Jesse as she spots a watermelon in the corner of her garden and carefully tends to it throughout the summer. Although Jesse sometimes feels she will burst from having to wait so long for her watermelon to be ready, her patience pays off in the end.
Watermelon Wishes by Lisa Moser
One spring, Charlie’s Grandpap teaches him how to plant watermelon seeds. Charlie shares his hope that one seed will become a “Wishing Watermelon.” All throughout their summer together, Charlie refuses to tell his Grandpap what his wish would be. At the end of the summer when Charlie’s wish is finally revealed, it speaks volumes about the close bond that Charlie and his Grandpap share.
Peter Spit a Seed at Sue by Jackie French Koller
The rhyming text of this story underscores the fun being had by four friends who turn a boring summer day into a watermelon seed-spitting adventure involving everyone in town. But when the mayor shows up, the friends worry their fun may come to an end, until she outdoes them by throwing pies!
Chasing Watermelons by Kevin White
Duck and his friends enjoy some adventures as they try to catch a watermelon for a watermelon feast. Friendship and perseverance are themes running throughout the story that will delight young readers.
Icy Watermelon / Sandia fria by Mary Sue Galindo
In this bilingual book, three generations gather one evening to enjoy a treat of icy watermelon. Then, Hugo, Maria, and Sarita’s grandfather begins to share a tale from his youth regarding some long-gone watermelons. In the end, the children see that the story has implications for their present day lives.
Watermelon for Everyone by Martha Rose Woodward
This non-fiction book shows children the entire life cycle of a watermelon from seed to fruit. The book also includes a section of no-cook watermelon recipes and a section for teachers and parents listing watermelon-themed activities for students and children.
Chestnut Cove by Tim Egan
One day, the king of Chestnut Grove announces that he will give his entire kingdom to whoever can grow “the largest and juiciest watermelon.” However, this pronouncement produces jealously and tension among the once close-knit community. Can anything bring harmony back to the residents of Chestnut Grove?
More resources for summer fun and learning
More watermelon posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Watermelon Oobleck Sensory Play
- Watermelon Printables Pack
- Watermelon Do-a-Dot Printables
- Watermelon seed spitting contest