A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Spring
We’ve all heard the expression, “I love Paris in the springtime,” and the images it stirs up are those of trees blossoming, city parks bursting into bloom, and café terraces buzzing with activity as Parisians head outside to embrace spring’s soft warm days. Who wouldn’t love to enjoy spring in the City of Light? But if your budget won’t stretch to travelling abroad, why not indulge in some books to evoke the feeling? Florette and Ooh-la-la (Max in Love) are two new books that may be just the ticket. There are many other great “springtime” books as well. Ça sent le printemps … Spring is in the air!
New Books About Spring
The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates
Spring showers require an umbrella, and in this case a big, red umbrella that seems to make room for anyone and everyone. Themes of diversity and inclusion are also at work in this lovely picture book.
Birds Make Nests by Michael Garland
This exquisitely illustrated book describes the different nests built by various bird species, highlighting different bird habitats throughout the world. The text is accessible to emerging readers.
Crayola Spring Colors by Jodie Shepherd
Children can discover the colors of spring and then explore their creativity by making art based on the colors around them.
Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm by Jonathan London, illus. by Andrew Joyner
Duck and Hippo are best friends. When they decide to go for a walk during a spring rainstorm, they have a little trouble sharing an umbrella. But they soon figure out how to share the umbrella as well as their adventures. This is a great story about friendship, and the cartoon style illustrations are sure to be appealing. An interview with the author revealed that she was inspired by a trip to a Paris where she noticed a shop filled with plants from floor to ceiling. This window of green amidst the busy Parisian streets became the inspiration for her story.
Florette by Anna Walker
After moving to the city, Mae misses her old garden with its apple trees, daffodils, and butterflies. When she stumbles upon Florette, a greenhouse plant shop, she realizes that she can create her own verdant oasis. With the help of her friends, her lush garden begins to take shape. Walker’s watercolor illustrations are especially appealing.
Honey by David Ezra Stein
After a long winter’s nap, Bear wakes up eager for the taste of honey. While he waits for summer to arrive and the honey to be ready, he enjoys all of the familiar signs of spring. The watercolor artwork conveys all of the details of the text and brings vitality to the story.
I Can Grow a Flower by Dawn Sirett, illus. by Claire Patane
This work of nonfiction teaches children how a seed grows into a flower. Published by Dorling Kindersley, it is a highly visual, photographic work packed with information.
Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Schertle, illus. by Jill McElmurry
In this board book, Little Blue Truck returns for a springtime outing to the farm where he discovers a variety of newborn animals, hidden under many lift-the-flaps.
Little Frog and the Spring Polliwogs by Jane Yolen, illus. by Ellen Shi
Little Frog enjoys being an only frog and isn’t too crazy about the polliwogs that will soon become her baby brothers. However, when a boy wearing red boots and carrying a long skinny pole with a stringy net appears at the edge of the pond, Little Frog springs into action in order to save the young tadpoles. Jane Yolen is a masterful storyteller, and Ellen Shi’s watercolor illustrations evoke the feel of life in the pond.
Max and Marla are Having a Picnic by Alexandra Boiger
Every year, Max and his owl friend Marla celebrate the first sunny day of spring with a picnic lunch by the lake. This year things turn a little sour but friendship prevails in the end. The watercolor illustrations evoke cozy, gentle scenes.
Ooh-la-la (Max in Love) by Maira Kalman
Max the millionaire poet dog is surrounded by the beauty of Paris in the springtime but he knows that something is missing. He has made his millions but when will he find romance? This book first appeared in 1991 and was just recently re-released.
A Round of Robins by Katie Hesterman, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier
The various stages of the life cycle of a robin are depicted in a series of poems accompanied by brightly colored pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations. This is an enjoyable read!
Sammy in the Spring by Anita Bijsterbosch
This picture book includes half pages that hide and then reveal how Sammy and his stuffed horse Hob enjoy springtime. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
Shake a Leg, Egg! by Kurt Cyrus
It’s springtime at the pond, and a family of geese, including four goslings, is waiting for one last egg to hatch. The illustrations are detailed yet striking. The rhyming text makes this a perfect seasonal read-aloud.
Spectacular Spring: All Kinds of Spring Facts and Fun by Bruce Goldstone
This book is a comprehensive look at springtime and all that goes with it. It is filled with vivid photographs on all topics related to spring. This is the author’s third picture book about the seasons. Wonderful Winter and Awesome Autumn are the others in this series.
Spring by Rebecca Pettiford
This book is perfect for young readers learning about the sights, sounds, and activities of the season.
Spring is Coming by Chris Helene Bridge
This bilingual book (English/Spanish) celebrates the arrival of spring through lyrical verse and vibrant paper collage artwork.
This is the Nest that Robin Built by Denise Fleming
This is a cumulative tale about the different animals that help Robin build her nest. We’ve always admired Fleming’s signature printmaking techniques combined with collage and this book does not disappoint. This is a great choice for welcoming spring!