The Bad Seed by Jory John

This is a book about a seed
– a bad seed. He has a bad
temper, bad manners, and a bad
attitude. He knows he’s bad.
Everyone thinks he’s bad. So,
he acts bad. But what would
happen if he decides he wants
to change and be happy? This
book shows that positive change
is possible for everyone – with
some will power, acceptance and
just plain being yourself.

Discussion questions:

  1. Why does the main character call himself a “bad seed”? What are some
    of the “bad” things the seed does?
  2. Why do you think the bad seed decided he was ready to be happy?
    What are some of the things he does to try to be good?
  3. Have you ever had days when you acted like the bad seed?


  1. The bad seed says he wasn’t always a bad seed. How do you think he
    felt when he heard others call him a “bad seed”? How could others have
    helped him instead? Draw a picture of something you would have done
    to help the bad seed. Share your drawing with the class and explain
    your thinking.
  2. Seed Sort: Give children a paper plate with different types of seeds.
    Have them sort the seeds into groups and explain why they sorted the
    seeds the way they did.
  3. Sunflowers: Materials: paper, paint – brown, green and yellow, paint
    brushes and forks. Paint a small brown circle in the center of the paper.
    Use green paint to make a stem and a leaf or two. Dig the tines of the
    fork into the yellow paint, and starting from the brown circle, draw
    outward to make the petals.
  4. This book would be a great addition to a plant unit. Visit this site for
    tons of seed activities for children: and
    search for “35 Seed Activities for Young Kids”.