A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Spring
No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. There are many new books about spring and spring holidays that offer a welcome respite from the gloom of winter. So, while anticipating spring’s arrival, why not check out what’s blooming at the library.
New Books about Spring
And Then Another Sheep Turned Up by Laura Gehl, illus. by Amy Adele
Preparation and plans for a small family Passover seder are altered when the Sheep family of four is continually interrupted by unexpected guests. Kids will stay engaged with this rhyming, cumulative tale.
Bug Detective: Amazing Facts, Myths, and Quirks of Nature by Maggie Li
From butterflies to beetles to bees, this fact-filled guide encourages children to take a closer look at the insect world.
A Butterfly Called Hope by Mary Alice Monroe, photographs by Barbara J. Bergwerf
This book provides an excellent introduction to the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Beautiful, full-color, up-close photographs accompany the text. Four pages of learning activities are also included. Free online resources are available from the publisher as well.
Butterfly Counting by Jerry Pallotta, illus. by Shennen Bersani
This unusual butterfly book introduces facts about the insects, portrays 24 different species, gives the word for “butterfly” in 27 languages other than English, and counts from zero to 25.
Click, Clack, Peep! by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin
After a baby duck is born on the farm, the entire farm is disrupted as all the animals try to get the baby to sleep. This is another installment from the duo who gave us Click, Clack, Moo and Giggle, Giggle, Quack.
Crinkle, Crackle, Crack: It’s Spring! by Marion Dane Bauer, illus. by John Shelley
The charming watercolor illustrations bring this “arrival of spring” story to life. The forest animals journey in the moonlight to welcome spring.
Easter by Katie Dicker
One of four titles in the Celebrations series, this book provides information about the holiday for young children. It also includes notes for adults that suggest how to help children understand the holiday.
Egg: Nature’s Perfect Package by Robin Page, illus. by Steve Jenkins
With their characteristic design and choice of intriguing details, this prolific author-illustrator pair looks at animals that lay eggs, the qualities of those eggs, and how the parents protect, package, carry, and incubate them.
Finding Spring by Carin Berger
As the forest grows cold and most bears start to think about hibernating, a little bear named Maurice can only think about experiencing his first spring. The three-dimensional collage illustrations are done in rich colors with interesting patterns and feature scraps of fabric and snippets of newsprint, handwriting, and old books.
Flowers Are Calling by Rita Gray, illus. by Kenard Pak
In rhyming poetic form and with luminous artwork, the author and illustrator provide an ode to pollination.
Fun and Festive Spring Crafts by Randel McGee
From flower puppets to bunny masks to Mother’s Day pop-up cards, these easy crafts help children learn about the spring season.
How to Grow a Friend by Sara Gillingham
This darling picture book, one of our favorites, compares cultivating a friendship to growing a garden. Just like a flower, “a friend needs water, warm sunshine, and space to bloom.” The sweet illustrations make the book extremely appealing.
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
Like How to Grow a Friend, Nelson’s book uses gardening as a metaphor about kindness. As always, Nelson’s oil painting illustrations are stunning.
Is It Passover Yet? by Chris Barash, illus. by Alessandra Psacharopulo
This gentle tribute to Passover includes the many sights and smells associated with the traditional seder dinner.
Just Itzy by Lana Krumwiede, illus. by Greg Pizzoli
In this backstory about the Itsy Bitsy Spider, nursery rhymes and folk songs about spiders combine to make an appealing picture book.
Llama Llama Easter Egg by Anna Dewdney
With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. In this book, the Easter Bunny brings lots of treats for Llama Llama: jelly beans, colorful eggs, and a fluffy surprise.
Ten Easter Eggs by Vivian Bodach, illus. by Laura Logan
This board book encourages children to count down the eggs with each page turn. Each egg is made of shaped plastic that protrudes through die-cut holes.
The Thing about Spring by Daniel Kirk
The arrival of spring makes Mouse and Bird feel happy, but Rabbit does nothing but complain.
The Tiny Wish by Lori Evert, photographs by Per Breiehagen
In this companion volume to The Christmas Wish, Anja has a springtime Scandinavian adventure. The story is illustrated with supersized photographs.
Favorites from the Past Recently Reissued
Bunnies’ ABC by Garth Williams
Bunny Hopwell’s First Spring by Jean Fritz, illus. by Rachell Dixon
Easter by Jan Pienkowski
Fifteen Rabbits by Felix Salten
The First Easter by Carol Heyer
The Golden Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Leonard Weisgard
The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Leonard Weisgard
Happy Easter, Davy! By Breigitte Weninger, illus. by Eve Tharlet
Here Comes Peter Cottontail by Steve Nelson, illus. by Jack Rollins
My First Easter by Tomie DePaola
My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell, illus. by Harlow and Lizzy Rockwell
1 is One by Tasha Tudor
Paddington in the Garden by Michael Bond, illus. by R.W. Alley
Richard Scarry’s The Bunny Book by Patricia M. Scarry, illus. by Richard Scarry
10 Hungry Rabbits by Anita Lobel