Did you know that March is National Peanut Month? Make this month educational by learning about the history of peanuts!
I had no idea, but we’re happy to celebrate it because we’re big lovers of peanuts and peanut butter here. As homeschoolers, it is a lot of fun to take silly holidays like this one and transform them into thematic units where we can learn a lot from one simple topic. Rather than simply learn about how peanuts are produced today, I wanted to go a bit further, which is how this list of books on the history of peanuts was born. The books on this list are all perfect for learning about the history of peanuts with any-aged kids.
I’ve included a variety of reading levels in these history of peanuts books so you can find something for kids from preschool to high school. Use any or all of these books to learn more about the history of peanuts!
Books about the History of Peanuts
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These books discuss the actual history of peanuts, such as where the plants came from, why they became such a big deal, and how peanuts traveled around the world to become a common food of many cultures.
Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea
Peanut Butter Party: Including the History, Uses, and Future of Peanut Butter
Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter
The Life and Times of the Peanut
Books about Growing Peanuts
Part of the history of peanuts is how the growth process has changed. The first book on this list, The Peanut Plant: Its Cultivation and Uses is a reprint of a book first published in the 1880s. As you can imagine, peanut production has changed quite a bit since then!
Books about Peanut Production
These books cover the production of peanuts and peanut butter in today’s industrial world. These books explain the process of how peanut butter is made and ways you can use it in the kitchen (outside of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches).
Peanuts Unit Study
Want to plan a unit study around peanuts? Use these ideas from other blogging homeschoolers to round out your activity list!