Plants Can't Sit Still

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

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.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature, Science
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2016-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 1.8
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF051060, JNF051000, JNF037030, JNF051050
Dewey 580
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 510
Guided Reading Level N
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee, Short-listed, 2019
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee, Short-listed, 2019
  • Riverby Award, Winner, 2017
  • Maryland Blue Crab Award, Winner, 2017
  • Cybils Finalist, Nominated, 2017
  • NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List, Winner, 2017
  • Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2017
  • NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, Winner, 2017
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2016
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books, Winner, 2016
  • Book Links Lasting Connection, Winner, 2016
  • Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2016



“With a doctorate in biology, Hirsch understands her subject, but equally important is her ability to communicate with well-chosen words that make the ideas fun and memorable for children. . . . A new way to see the plants around us.”—starred, Booklist

School Library Journal

“The bright illustrations and the simple but moving text make this a solid addition to any collection looking to inspire interest in the natural world.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Colorful, exuberant illustrations work impressively with the text. . . . Excellent collaboration produced a winner: graceful, informative, and entertaining.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Author: Rebecca E. Hirsch

Rebecca E. Hirsch, PhD, is the author of numerous books about science, nature, and geography for children. She lives with her husband and three children in State College, Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at

Illustrator: Mia Posada

Mia Posada grew up in Minneapolis, then studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she lived until 2007 when she moved back to Minneapolis with her husband and children. Mia has written and illustrated five books: Dandelions: Stars in the Grass, Ladybugs: Red, Fiery and Bright, Robins: Songbirds of Spring, Guess What is Growing Inside This Egg, and Who Was Here?: Discovering Wild Animal Tracks. She also illustrated Dazzling Dragonflies by Linda Glaser.