books for spring
March 26, 2017
But still, spring is coming. And I found some springy books that might want to fly into your hands or into an Easter basket, a May Day basket, ANY KIND OF BASKET REALLY, who am I to say what kind of spring basket you should have??
'Bluebird' by Lindsey Yankey is just gorgeous. The art is magnificent and I love the story - a little bird can't find its friend the wind - and thinks that she can't fly without her bestie. Off she goes in search, looking everywhere she can think of to find the wind - and realizes in the process that she's flying all on her own. (in the end she also finds her beloved wind!) Best for preschool through 1st grade.
I'm over the moon enchanted by 'You Belong Here' by M. H. Clark and one of my favorite artists, Isabelle Arsenault. It's a beautiful bedtime book, depicting objects and animals in the natural world and how/why belong where they do. It's so stunning! This one I'd like to add to my permanent picture book collection.
'The Egg' by Britta Teckentrup is about to be released in April, and details eggs of all kinds. Big, small, in all kinds of colors - from hummingbirds to eggs from extinct creatures like the elephant bird - Teckentrup's art shows the off the magical world of the egg in all of its mystery and variety.
And lastly, I leave you with 'A Nest is Noisy' by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long - do you know this series of books that explore nature in the most beautiful and in depth way? Seeds, insects, eggs, rocks - all are explored in gloriously lyrical words and watercolor renderings. Did you know that orangutans have nests?? Alligators? Each page contains pictures and a large, cursive descriptive statement, which is then fleshed out and detailed in smaller text. These books are so unique and great ones to seek out at this time of year.
Question - what's your most favorite thing to do with kids in the springtime? I think in our house, we get most excited about the appearance of cherry blossoms and hot cross buns. We've only done May Day baskets once before, but I think this year we'll make them again. Such a pretty tradition that I'd like my daughter to remember.