Yesterday was the first day of spring, officially! Spring is one of my favorite times of the year, I love the warmer months and everything is coming back to life. To celebrate the start of spring we have added some great spring themed books to our reading corner at home. I wanted to share a few of our favorite books to celebrate the beginning of spring. Look for these at your local library. I also included links to where to purchase if you would like to add them to your library.
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Spring is Here: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hilenbrand
Excitedly he taps on the window and knocks on the door– he even tries playing the trumpet to wake his friend so they can celebrate together. But Bear keeps snoozing.
But Mole is determined, so he milks and gathers and bakes a special springtime surprise for his friend– the perfect way to wake up!
A perfect read-aloud, full of simple sound-words and lots of repetition, Spring is Here is ideal to share with young readers to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Cozy mixed-media illustrations of big, fuzzy, dozing bear and his eager mole friend add detail and humor to the tale. Grab a copy here!
I See Spring by Charles Ghigna:
Bunny’s First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones:
When a bunny is born in spring, he sees the world as green and new and full of hope. But as the seasons change, the bunny worries that the earth may be dying. In bestselling author’s Sally Lloyd-Jones’ latest picture book celebrating the Easter season and rebirth, nature speaks to the bunny, assuring him of something more. Award-winning artist David McPhail’s whimsical illustrations reflect the beauty of the world around us as Lloyd-Jones’ inspirational text prompts readers to celebrate the changing seasons and the miracle of nature’s rebirth. Grab a copy here!
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert:
Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat–and how?
With a simple, rhyming text and glorious color-drenched collage, Lois Ehlert provides clear answers to these and other questions as she follows the life cycle of four common butterflies, from their beginnings as tiny hidden eggs and hungry caterpillars to their transformation into full-grown butterflies. Complete with butterfly and flower facts and identification tips, as well as a guide to planting a butterfly garden, this butterfly book is like no other. Grab a copy here!
Zinnia’s Flower Garden by Monica Wellington:
Let It Rain by Maryann Cocca-Leffler:
The snow is melting, flowers are blooming, and light rain is falling. Spring is finally here! Enjoy all the wondrous signs of the season with Maryann Cocca-Leffler’s exuberant celebration of spring!
With soft-colored art, adorable children, and colorful outdoor scenes LET IT RAIN is a continuation of Maryann’s delightful series all about the seasons. Grab a copy here!
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes:
Before spring comes, the trees are dark sticks, the grass is brown, and the ground is covered in snow. But if you wait, leaves unfurl and flowers blossom, the grass turns green, and the mounds of snow shrink and shrink.
Spring brings baby birds, sprouting seeds, rain and mud, and puddles. You can feel it and smell it and hear it—and you can read it!
Kevin Henkes uses striking imagery, repetition, and alliteration to introduce basic concepts of language and the changing of the seasons. And Laura Dronzek’s gorgeous, lush paintings show the transformation from quiet, cold winter to the joyful newborn spring.
Watch the world transform when spring comes! Grab a copy here!
A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox by Wendy Pfeffer:
Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman:
About the Author:
Don Freeman was born in San Diego, California, in 1908. At an early age, he received a trumpet as a gift from his father. He practiced obsessively and eventually joined a California dance band. After graduating from high school, he ventured to New York City to study art under the tutelage of Joan Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students’ League. He managed to support himself throughout his schooling by playing his trumpet evenings, in nightclubs and at weddings.
Gradually, he eased into making a living sketching impressions of Broadway shows for The New York Times and The Herald Tribune. This shift was helped along, in no small part, by a rather heartbreaking incident: he lost his trumpet. One evening, he was so engrossed in sketching people on the subway, he simply forgot it was sitting on the seat beside him. This new career turned out to be a near-perfect fit for Don, though, as he had always loved the theater.
He was introduced to the world of children’s literature when William Saroyan asked him to illustrate several books. Soon after, he began to write and illustrate his own books, a career he settled into comfortably and happily. Through his writing, he was able to create his own theater: “I love the flow of turning the pages, the suspense of what’s next. Ideas just come at me and after me. It’s all so natural. I work all the time, long into the night, and it’s such a pleasure. I don’t know when the time ends. I’ve never been happier in my life!” Grab a copy here!
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert:
Young children will enjoy learning about colors and flowers with this new edition of one of Lois Ehlert’s most popular titles in a brand-new format.
“The stylized representations of flower species are labeled throughout, allowing young children to get an idea of how each flower type contributes to the rainbow effect.”–Booklist
“A splendid beginning book of colors and flowers cleverly arranged for young readers.”–The Horn Book
“Young readers will love watching the garden grow.”–San Francisco Chronicle
“A dazzling celebration . . . of the garden, the power of shape and color, and the harmony of text and image.”–School Library Journal Grab a copy here!
We love to help promote literacy in families so we are hosting a small giveaway. One person will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card to help build your home library. Entrants must be 18 or older and a US resident to be eligible to win. Entries will be accepted until 3/31/2019.