“Spring has Sprung”
A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about All Things Spring
Spring has arrived early and no one’s complaining. Nature is awakening and signs are all around us. Lots of new books announcing spring’s debut have arrived as well. Enjoy the list!
Abracadabra, It’s Spring! by Anne Sibley O’Brien, illus. by Susan Gal
This beautiful book with fold-out pages celebrates the magic of nature and the changing seasons. The rhyming text and soft illustrations reveal the arrival of spring.
Every Breath We Take: A Book about Air by Maya Ajmera and Dominique Browning
This book champions the right of every person, animal, and plant to clean air. Various traits of air are described (i.e. air carries sound, it moves, it can be felt) and stunning photographs, ones that children can relate to, are used to support each trait.
Happy Spring, Chirp! by Satoshi Iriyama
A little chick embarks on an adventure as she delivers flowers to her aunt for her birthday. Fold-out pages, die-cuts, and pop-ups enhance the story.
Hooray for Hoppy! By Tim Hopgood
In this story that provides an introduction to the five senses, a curious bunny searches for signs of the arrival of spring. The collage style artwork adds to the appeal.
My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell, illus. by Harlow Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell
Originally published in 1987, this updated classic done in pencil and watercolor tells the story of a child who encounters all of the signs of spring.
Nature Ranger by Richard Walker
Become a wildlife detective by exploring all aspects of nature. Included are thirty hands-on activities.
Spring: A Pop-up Book by David A. Carter
This is the second book in the Carter pop-up book series about the seasons. The last line of the book, “The earth is busy when spring is here,” sums up the theme. The intricate pop-ups provide wonderful images of all things spring.
Spring Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow
All of the flowers associated with springtime are introduced as young children and their grandmother go on a walk. Instructions for making an egg carton garden and a flower bouquet are included.
This is the Earth by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander, illus. by Wendell Minor
This gorgeous book explores how people have affected the earth throughout time and shows ways to care for the planet. The rhyming text is accompanied by stunning watercolor illustrations.
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
Winter changes to spring in this lyrical and vibrantly illustrated book. This is a nice celebration of the season.