It looks like spring has finally sprung, and it’s here to stay! In honor of this much anticipated season, we’ve included lots of new books to help you celebrate spring’s arrival and spring into reading!
A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Spring
All Around Bustletown: Spring by Rotraut Susanne Berner
This is a German import, and Berner is one of Germany’s well-known children’s authors. It’s springtime in this imaginary town with lots going on. Children should enjoy looking at all the springtime activities.
The Bear’s Garden by Marcie Colleen, illus. by Alison Oliver
A little girl with a lot of imagination turns the empty lot across from her apartment building into a community garden. The illustrations are transformative as well, as color takes over throughout this tale of urban renewal.
Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids by Kirsten Bradley, illus. by Aitch
This book for older children includes 20 projects and provides easy step-by-step instructions accompanied by watercolor illustrations. The projects include growing vegetables indoors, making seed balls, and making a terrarium, to name a few, and all should appeal to a wide variety of interests.
Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Kenard Pak
A little boy observes how the season changes from winter to spring. This is the third in the series of seasonal books by Pak.
Grandma’s Gardens by Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, illus. by Carme Lemniscates
In this picture book, Chelsea and Hillary Clinton share their memories of Hillary’s mother, Grandma Dorothy, who loved gardens and gardening. This is a wonderful tribute to the late Dorothy Rodham. Also available in e-book.
Grow Kind by Jon Lasser, illus. by Christopher Lyles
This is a story about both gardening and kindness as the young gardener shares her harvest with neighbors. The collage-like illustrations are charming.
Haircuts for Little Lambs by Tomie dePaola
In this board book, winter is over, and the lambs are ready for their spring haircuts. Tomie dePaola is one of the most popular children’s book authors and illustrators of our time. Sadly, he recently passed away. But his legacy through literature will undoubtedly live on.
In a Garden by Tim McCanna, illus. by Aimée Sicurro
There’s lots going on in a community garden, from sprouting seeds to busy insects. Rhyming text and vibrant artwork add to the appeal of this new title.
In My Garden by Charlotte Zolotow, illus. by Philip Stead
This is a newly illustrated version of the poem by Zolotow first published in 1960. Zolotow authored more than 70 picture books for children. Philip Stead even pays homage to the original illustrator, Roger Duvoisin, by including a black cat, unmentioned in the text, that accompanies a young child through the seasons in the garden.
Little Mole Finds Hope by Glenys Nellist, illus. by Sally Anne Garland
Little Mole is delighted to find signs of spring all around him. It’s a very cozy and reassuring story about the promise of spring.
The Lost Egg by Brenna Burns Yu
Part of the Hazel and Twig series in which a pair of mouse sisters discover an abandoned egg. After trying to hatch it on their own, they decide to search for its nest and owners. The illustrations provide many natural details.
Nana’s Garden by Larissa Juliano, illus. by Francesca De Luca
This is a lift-the-flap book with lots of hidden surprises. A young girl spends a day in the garden with her grandmother. Counting and color recognition are incorporated into the story as well.
The Nest that Wren Built by Randi Sonenshine
A pair of wrens build their nest, lay eggs and wait for them to hatch in this cumulative tale done in the style of “The House that Jack Built.” Back matter on wrens and their nests is included.
Nesting by Henry Cole
Author/illustrator Cole give us a beautiful account of a year in the life of a family of robins. The artwork is detailed and stunning.
One Little Lot: The 1-2-3s of an Urban Garden by Diane Mullen, illus. by Oriol Vidal
A small urban lot is transformed from a dumping ground into a community garden in this counting book for young readers.
Patience, Miyuki by Roxane Marie Galliez, illus. by Seng Soun Ratanavanh
On the first day of spring, a young Japanese girl wakes her grandfather so they can greet the flowers in their garden. The bright, graphic illustrations feature floral patterns and iconic Japanese objects including an origami swan.
Poetree by Shauna Reynolds, illus. by Shahrzad Maydani
A young girl writes a poem about springtime and gives it to a tree. Much to her surprise, the tree writes back, though in reality it’s one of her classmates, who enjoys poetry and nature as much as she does. The pencil and watercolor illustrations are done in spring pastels and complement the gentle story. Also available as e-book.
Seeds by Carme Lemniscates
This story celebrates the potential of seeds, both literally and figuratively, which makes it suitable for introducing spring flowers or initiating discussion about friendship. The mixed-media illustrations are colorful and provide a sense of movement. This author/illustrator has also illustrated another new spring title, Grandma’s Gardens by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.
The Shapes of Spring by Jill Howarth
Little ones can identify basic shapes in this spring themed board book.
Spring Flowers by Katie Peters
This colorful nonfiction title shows us the many wonders of spring.
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.”