Celebrate Spring with Books

Just
as Easter is my favorite holiday, 
*Spring* is my favorite season. It is just full
of promises: warmer weather, longer days, green grass and trees, flowers…
Perfect.

I
have found some terrific books for celebrating spring. They 
are loosely listed in order of reading/interest level.

 

 Everything
Spring

by Jill Esbaum

This
book, published by National Geographic
Kids
has a lot going for it. The pictures show all the new life of spring.
The text brings sound (chicks Peep! and rain Plip-plop-plips…) and movement
(ducklings piddle-paddle, creatures hurry-scurry) to the pictures. This a
terrific book for young ones.

 

 It’s
Spring!

by Samantha Berger and Pamela Chanko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

The
animals go from friend to friend to tell each other ways spring can be seen.
This is a charming board book.

 

 Who’s Awake
in Springtime?
By Phillis Gershator and Mim Green, illustrated by
Emilie Chollat

Animal
families are getting ready to sleep at the end of a day but the littlest ones
are still wide awake. Eventually, they all settle down. This is a perfect
bedtime story.

 

 In My
Backyard

by Don J. Curry, illustrated by Erin O’Leary Brown

Each
2-page spread has a girl in her backyard, observing the signs of spring and a
simple sentence that ends with in my
backyard.
The illustrations provide careful clues for decoding the text.
This is an excellent early reader.

 

 Why is It
Spring?

by Sara L. Latta

Beautiful
photos and simple text answers questions about spring. Questions include, Why do we have seasons? What do animals do
in the spring? What are the first signs of spring?
and others.

 

 Hurray for
Spring!

by Patricia Hubbell, illustrated by Taia Morley

The
rhymes and pictures in this book are perfectly balanced. The rhymes just
bounce off your tongue and beg to be read aloud. The pictures make you want to
jump and dance along with the boy in the pictures.

 

 Hooray for
Spring!

by Kazuo Iwamura

Three
baby squirrels work hard to find something for a baby bird to eat. They try all
sorts of things and are surprised when their mother brings the exact right
food.

 

Spring Goes
Squish!
by
Marty Kelley (sorry, no link)

Evidently
not everyone is as fond of spring as I am. The girl in this book is NOT a fan.
She complains about every part of spring and is very funny while she does. The
text is in rhyme and the illustrations are as funny as the text.

 

 Goose Moon by Carolyn
Arden, illustrated by Jim Postier

At
first, this doesn’t seem like a spring book. But it is, or rather it’s about waiting for spring. Like I wait,
starting in February. The girl in the story complains to her grandfather about
being sick of winter. He helps her look for signs of spring, including the
goose moon. Lovely.

 

 Spring
Surprises

by Anna Jane Hays, illustrated by Hala Wittwer Swearingen

In
simple rhymes, this book covers many wonders in a single spring day. As a level
2 Step Into Reading book, it would be
perfect for a beginning reader.

 

 Poppleton
in Spring

by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Mark Teague

Poppleton
the pig has 3 adventures in this book. He spring cleans, considers buying a
bike and spends the night in a tent. Each story is charming and has a very
spring feeling. This is a Level 3 Scholastic Reader.

 

Spring
Science Projects
 
by
John Williams (sorry, no link)

Time to get outside and do science experiments!
There are 11 sections, including: Clouds
and rain, Fly a kite, Frogs and tadpoles
and others. I think I’m going to
have to try making the kite.

 

This
is a 
*Spring* week of posts. Coming:

Wednesday:
Celebrate Spring with Crafts

Friday:        Spring Jokes for the Whole Family

 

Spring
is the best!

Gail

 

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