It’s that time of year again, time for spring
cleaning reading! Here are the picture books we’ve been reading this spring.
Spring Thaw by Steven Schnur is a new favorite for me. Spring comes to the farm, slowly melting away winter and tickling all your senses: snow crashes, wind sighs, “wooden floors breathe in the warm moist air” and the lake echoes. You can fully immerse yourself in this book!
The Giving Tree is a family favorite. I read it so many times as a child I could recite it. When I get a chance to read it to P he begs me to read it three or more times in a row. It may not seem like a spring read, but the story fits in really well with Earth Day.
Just Ducks by Nicola Davies is my absolute favorite this year. Gorgeous illustrations, a beautiful story about the ducks a little girls sees everyday, and nonfiction information about ducks all wrapped in one beautiful book.
Rain by Linda Ashman tells the story of an elderly man learning to choose how he feels about weather from a little boy. The author and illustrator do a fantastic job contrasting the cranky man with the energetic, adventurous boy.
Rain Play by Cynthia Cotten is about playing in the rain. The rhyming text makes it great Poetry Month read.
The Gardening Book put out by DK publishing is a nice, simple guide to gardening for kids. If it ever stops snowing here in WI we’ll actually get to do a few things from the book!
In the Meadow by Japanese author Yukiko Kato has beautiful illustrations and a sweet story about a little girl who gets lost nature, literally and figuratively. She’s so absorbed in the sights, sounds and smells around her, she loses track of her mother.
In In the Garden: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George, children get to use their powers of observation, reasoning and deduction skills as they use the clues in the book to figure out “Who’s been here?” in different parts of a vegetable garden.
Okay, so they’re all my favorites. What are yours?