March 26, 2017

books for spring

It finally finally finally is starting to seem like spring might actually decide to pop in an announce itself this year! For the Seattle area, it's been a long winter. We've moved from snow and hail and icy sleet to a more gentle, steady rain. It rained last week. It rained the week before that. Guess what, it's supposed to rain all this week too -  quel surprise. The rain made the front page of the paper last weekend - this past February was the rainiest since 1961. I'm listening to rain drops plinking as I'm typing right now.

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.


  1. Thanks, Julia. I put these on hold at the library. We've enjoyed Nests are Noisy in the past, but I'm excited to look at it again. I think we most enjoy just going outdoors. I'm trying to be purposeful about walks together. :) Amy

    1. Oh I'm so glad you were able to find some of these at your library! I hear you about going outdoors. Two weekends ago it was sunny and Not Raining, so we went to a park for the first time in months - my kiddo and her best friend were so delighted just to run around and be in the sun :)

  2. We've had a lot of rain too - I can't wait for some sunny weather. My kids need some serious outdoor vitamin D therapy!

    These books are gorgeous! I've never seen "The Nest is Noisy" or any of the other books in the series, but I'll be fixing that promptly. My kids love that type of book - beautiful illustrations with science facts almost disguised in the text.

  3. The author of Bluebird is from Kansas and did a signing here in Wichita. It's a beautiful book! We checked out You Belong Here (gorgeous), and I love A Nest is Noisy and that whole series of books. So now I need to find The Egg!

    I guess it's finally warming up outside, but it's been cold and rainy here for the last week. So funny, because we had genuinely HOT days before the official start of spring! (Like, high 80s. Global warming blows.)