Spring into Reading
It looks like spring has finally sprung, and it’s here to stay, hip hip hooray! In honor of this much anticipated season, we’ve included a number of books to help you celebrate spring’s arrival and spring into reading!
A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about Spring
New Picture Books
Bunny Bus by Ammi-Joan Paquette, illus. by Lesley Breen Withrow
A bunny shaped bus picks up many different animals on its way to the festive Easter Parade. The playful illustrations and rhyming, repetitive text make this a fun read-aloud. Children will delight in the refrain “hop, hop, stop!”
Do Fairies Bring the Spring? by Liz Gardner Walsh, illus. by Hazel Mitchell
This whimsical story suggests that fairies are responsible for the change in seasons, from winter to spring. Lovely pastel illustrations accompany the rhyming text. A list of outdoor fairy-related activities is included as well.
Dormouse Dreams by Karma Wilson, illus. by Renata Liwska
This is a sweet story that describes the anticipation spring’s arrival. The soft illustrations and rhyming text breathe life into the forest as it transforms from winter to spring.
Easter by Kimberley Faria
In this board book with tabs (that make turning the page so much easier), simple rhymes and colorful illustrations introduce Easter and spring.
Easter Crafts by Anita Yasuda, illus. by Mernie Gallagher-Cole
After a brief introduction to the Easter holiday, instructions are provided for making six Easter and spring related crafts, including a spring hat, a bouquet of paper lilies, and an Easter egg garland.
Easter Fun! by Jo Ryan
This touch and feel board book for babies and toddlers celebrates the season by introducing fluffy baby chicks, hopping bunnies, and daffodils swaying in the breeze.
Egg by Kevin Henkes
Caldecott Award winning author/illustrator Henkes has created another winner for preschoolers. Using a limited color palette and simple text, he tells the story of four eggs waiting to hatch. The open ended conclusion encourages the reader to finish the story!
Hello Spring! by Shelley Rotner
Rotner has given us many great picture books through the years, and this is no exception. She is known for her short and simple text accompanied by beautiful photographs. In Hello Spring!, the accessible text and stunning photographs of nature and children enjoying spring make for a great informational picture book, perfect for the preschool audience.
How to Be a Bigger Bunny by Florence Minor, illus. by Wendell Minor
It wouldn’t be Easter without including a book about bunnies. This highly acclaimed author/illustrator duo has created a lovely story about Tickles the bunny who rescues his siblings and saves the day. Wendell Minor dedicated this book to “some of [his] favorite legends of the past – Beatrix Potter, Leonard Weisgard, and Garth Williams,” all who created iconic images of bunnies in children’s literature that have stood the test of time! Minor’s artwork pays homage to those great illustrators.
Otter Loves Easter! by Sam Garton
In this latest story about Otter, the Easter Bunny brings Otter lots of chocolate eggs and candy. Otter has a hard time sharing, but in the end, and with a little help from Otter Keeper, comes up with a plan to make things right. The illustrations are charming and appealing, and young children should be able to relate to Otter’s predicament!
Pig & Goose and the First Day of Spring by Rebecca Bond
On the first day of spring, Pig sets out to have a picnic and meets Goose along the way and a friendship ensues. The watercolor illustrations make the characters even more endearing.
Robins! How They Grow Up by Eileen Christelow
A great informational book about the life cycle of the robin, the bird we so commonly associate with the arrival of spring. The book is filled with interesting details, including their habits and the harsh realities and hazards of their existence. Christelow’s colorful illustrations are visually appealing. A glossary and additional facts are included in the back matter.
The Runaway Egg by Katy Hudson
Baby chicks are synonymous with spring, and this book is just too much fun not to include. When Mama Hen leaves the coop, she puts Chick in charge of watching over his baby brother (an unhatched egg). Excitement ensues when baby brother’s legs start to hatch and a chase through the barnyard begins.
Spring for Sophie by Yael Werber, illus. by Jen Hill
A young girl uses her senses to learn about the unfolding of spring. From listening for birdsongs to feeling the earth soften to smelling the rain and flowers, Sophie follows spring’s progression. The gouache illustrations which include double page spreads as well as many smaller vignettes effectively convey the passage of time. This is the author’s first book and it’s quite the debut!
Spring is Fun! by Walt K. Moon
Learn about what happens in spring with this non-fiction book for young readers. Photographs illustrate the text nicely, and questions are included to encourage critical thinking.
We’re Going on an Egg Hunt illus. by Laura Hughes
This is a lift-the-flap Easter version of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Children are encouraged to help the bunnies find the hidden Easter eggs while overcoming obstacles along the way. A fun, engaging story with charming illustrations.
Written by Cecilia Horn and Terri Diebel
Cecilia Horn is currently the Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library. Terri Diebel is a Children’s Librarian at the Covington Branch. Both hold Masters of Library Science degrees and have worked in the field of Children’s Literature for many years. In recent years, they have collaborated on presentations at local, state, and national library and literature conferences.
“Children’s literature is our passion. Through this blog, we hope to share that enthusiasm and love of children’s books. As children’s literature enthusiasts, our blog name pays homage to the classic children’s poem from 1889, “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” by Eugene Field.”