Kid Picks: 8 Books About Spring
Signs of spring are slowly emerging in my part of the world. A few days of warmer temperatures, a stiff breeze, lots of rain, and new buds on trees all signal the shift in the seasons. I'm preparing for spring by airing up my bicycle tires, thinking about flowers to plant, and checking out children's book titles which feature this colorful season.
Spring: A Haiku Story, selected by George Shannon with paintings by Malcah Zeldis, is a lovely collection. This 1996 book features 14 traditional haiku verses which celebrate the wonders of spring. Shannon arranged the poems to paint a picture of a walk taken early in the season. The illustrations are lush with vibrant colors. This book would be a good way to introduce young children to this form of poetry. You could also try writing some of your own using spring as your inspiration.
Toddlers and preschoolers will like I See Spring by Charles Ghigna, illustrated by Ag Jatkowska. This simple, rhyming story follows a group of friends as they explore all that they can see on a spring day. The illustrations are bright and playful. This book will probably leave kids giggling and ready to get outside.
Muted, but stunning illustrations play a prominent role within In Blossom by Yooju Cheon. A cat and a dog meet on a bench. They pursue their separate endeavors until something in the spring air brings them together in the spirit of friendship. The author was born in South Korea, and the annual cherry blossom season of her home country inspired much of this book. In Blossom was first published in Korean in 2015. The English language version was released in 2019. Preschoolers and early elementary students will enjoy this sweet story.
Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, begins with the spring, but takes readers through all seasons of the year. This Caldecott Honor book written in verse uses color as well as sounds, smells, and tastes to help readers revel in what makes each season unique and special. This book is playful and imaginative and will invite children to look at the natural world around them in a new way.
A farm field trip is the setting for Sun Above and Blooms Below: A Springtime of Opposites by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky and illustrated by Susan Swan. A diverse group of school children discover all that the spring season brings to a busy farm. It turns out there's a little bit of everything! This rhyming story is full of opposites from start to finish. The pictures, made of textured collages, really set this book apart. This story is best for preschoolers and early elementary readers.
From the Mouse and Mole series by Wong Herbert Lee, Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends finds these two besties ready to enjoy Mole's favorite time of year-- spring! They plan to go birdwatching, but discover this activity isn't as easy as it looks. Nevertheless, these two friends work together to find solutions to all their problems. This book is best for school age children.
For a non-fiction look at spring, consider Exploring Spring by Terri DeGezelle. This book features color photographs and simple explanations of the science behind the season. You'll find descriptions of why we have changing seasons and what happens in nature during the spring. The book also has a glossary and titles for further reading. The suggested age group for Exploring Spring is preschool through second grade.
Slightly older kids can get hands-on with Explore Spring!: 25 Great Ways to Learn about Spring. Written by Maxine Anderson and illustrated by Alexis Frederick-Frost, this book contains projects, activities, and science experiments. Young scientists can learn how to identify trees, record soil temperatures, map air currents, and more. There are also plenty of cartoons, trivia, and riddles to keep things fun. I like this one because of the variety of options available so kids can pick and choose their favorites.
Need more book recommendations for young children? Check out some of my favorite children's picture books. I'll be highlighting middle grade novels that my family loved in the coming weeks. Until then, best wishes for further reading!
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