It’s the first day of spring! So, to celebrate the end of winter, (we had a particularly snowy one here in Vancouver!) here are my top 10 new (and a few not so new) picture books to celebrate this season of new growth, new life, new colors, new hope.
- Spring for Sophie by Yael Werber
Sweet story of a young girl waiting for spring. You might think, as I did, “been there, done that” – but, like me, you will be charmed and delighted by the gentle, detailed story and lovely illustrations. After the long winter we have had, this book warmed my heart.
2. When Spring Comes – Kevin Henkes
Lovely, soft book about spring. Gorgeous illustrations, imagery, repetition, and alliteration to introduce the changing of the seasons and the transformation from quiet, cold winter to the joy of spring. Kevin Henkes is a master story-teller and Laura Dronzek’s illustrations are delightful.
3. Egg – Kevin Henkes
A graphic novel for emergent readers? I think this is a first! I love Kevin Henkes, and this almost wordless book reminds me why. Henkes tells a clever, interesting, suspenseful story about four eggs. Gorgeous pastel illustrations – this page turner will have you guessing until the last page.
4. And Then It’s Spring – Julie Fogliano
“Please do not stomp here. There are seeds, and they are trying.” This is not a new spring book, but I believe it to be my favorite. Tender, beautifully written story about a boy and his dog who dig and plant and wait away the winter. Beautiful.
5. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt – Kate Messner
Well, you can’t get a better book for combining literature, science, spring, plants, nature, and don’t forget -art. This book has it all! With a clever “split screen” format, readers learn all the amazing things that grow and live under and over the dirt. An amazing companion to Over and Under the Snow and Kate Messner’s latest Over and Under the Pond.
6. What Will Grow? – Jennifer Ward
This is such a clever, interactive book about seeds that will keep you guessing just what is growing. Soft wonderful water colors and large and large fold out pages are delightful. Repatative and lyrical language makes this a great choice for read-alouds. I loved the end papers showing close ups of many of the seeds.
7. Robins! How They Grow Up – Eileen Christelow
Two juvenile robins narrate the story of their lives, starting with their father’s migration. So much interesting information about robins packed into this book: nest-building, egg-laying, nest-guarding, feeding, siblings, predators, development, flight, roosting – Wow! I enjoyed the balance of silly parts with true parts, including the death of a sibling.
8. Plant a Tiny Seed – Christie Matheson
Reminiscent of Tap the Magic Tree, here is another interactive book by Christie Matheson which has readers pushing seeds into the dirt, rubbing leaves, and blowing seeds around the page. Adding the plant life cycle in the book is a bonus. Kids will have fun with this one!
9. Bloom – Deborah Diese
Gorgeous, tender book that celebrates life, relationship, and growing up. A mother and daughter plant a garden to see how something small blooms into something beautiful. Lots of love blooming in this one! Would make a wonderful Mother’s Day present!
10. Bee – A Peek-Through Picture Book – Britta Treckentrup
With clever peekaboo holes throughout, each colourful collage page in this book reveals new flowers and plants, plus a look inside a beehive as the bees work together to help a plants grow. A perfect book for looking at nature, cycles and inter-connectedness.
Thanks for stopping by! Which Spring book has caught your eye?