It has been said that “the promise of spring’s arrival is enough to get anyone through the bitter winter.” Well, I think we are all ready for a change in seasons. There are many new books about spring that offer a respite from the gloomy days of winter. So, while anticipating spring’s arrival, why not check out what’s blooming at the library.
A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Spring Books
Bloom Bloom! by April Pulley Sayre
Sayre is an award-winning author and photo-illustrator, and this book does not disappoint. This is an exceptional book celebrating an array of different flowering plants. The sparse text is accompanied by visually stunning photographs.
Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Spring Smiles by Kallie George, illus. by Oriol Vidal
There’s lots to explore on a sunny, spring day but will Spike’s sneezes get in the way? This early reader is a springtime delight.
Errol’s Garden by Gillian Hibbs
A little boy longs for an outdoor space where he can grow things. A community garden evolves. This diverse book is an engaging story and even works as an early reader. Bright illustrations accompany the brief text.
Flowers by Gail Gibbons
This book is an introduction to the basics and life cycle of flowers. Gibbons is well known for her non-fiction for young readers having published more than 170 titles. Her watercolor and pen and ink illustrations provide a visual feast!
Gabi’s If/Then Garden by Caroline Karanja, illus. by Ben Whitehouse
This book is part of the Code Play series. Children are introduced to coding concepts through garden planting and backyard play.
Gardening with Emma by Emma Biggs
Enthusiastic and passionate thirteen-year-old Emma shares her love of gardening. She provides lots of information, advice, and suggestions. Color photographs accompany every page providing lots to look at and enjoy!
Good-bye, Winter! Hello, Spring! by Kazuo Iwamura
In this woodland story, three squirrels observe the changing weather. The story is told in rhyme and is accompanied by soft, watercolor illustrations.
Let it Grow: A FROZEN Guide to Gardening by Cynthia Stierle
Elsa, Anna, and Olaf explore the plant world through fun activities and experiments. Step-by-step instructions as well as fun facts are included.
A Little Book about Spring by Leo Lionni and Julie Hamilton
This board book introduces toddlers to things that are associated with spring. Noted children’s author and illustrator Leo Lionni’s artwork is the inspiration behind this new series of toddler books.
Snowman – Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations by Laura Purdie Salas, illus. by Micha Archer
This is a rather interesting book that encourages readers to pause and think about spring in different ways. Poetic equations are accompanied by vivid illustrations and several sentences of related text. The collage illustrations add much to this uniquely original book.
The Song of Spring by Hendrik Jonas
Spring has arrived and all the birds are calling out to one another, all except one who can’t seem to remember which sound to make.
Spring Babies by Kathryn O. Galbraith
This is the latest in the Babies in the Park board book series. The babies enjoy an action-packed day of play in the park on a cheerful spring day.
We are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines, illus. by Julianna Swaney
Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame and her children chronicle the adventures of starting their family garden. This is her first book for children, and it is just lovely. The illustrations are colorful and whimsical.
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 Master 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.”