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Delightful to Share in Spring
Some of these are specifically about spring; others simply evoke it beautifully. All are wonderful to share with young children in spring as we watch the earth wake up together.   Print this list Print this list
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Cover Art: Everybody needs a rock /
Everybody needs a rock
Baylor, Byrd.
Granted, the two-tone illustrations from a book published in 1974 are probably not going to engage today's kids. But the text remains fantastically fresh and exciting. Read it, especially to a group of kids before going on a hunt for the perfect rocks for them. "The size must be perfect. It has to feel easy in your hand when you close your fingers over it. It has to feel jumpy in your pocket when you run. Some people touch a rock a thousand times a day. There aren't many things that feel as good as a rock--if the rock is perfect." Charming, magical, and kid-like.
Easy Picture BookBAYLOR
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Cover Art: Wake up, it's spring! /
Wake up, it's spring!
Ernst, Lisa Campbell.
"'Wake up, old friend, it's Spring!' whispered the sun. And the warmed earth woke up." The earth wakes the earthworm, the earthworm the seed, the seed the ladybug, and so on. Exuberant and bright--my favorite spring-themed picture book after Mary Lyn Ray's 'Mud'.
Easy Picture BookERNST
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Cover Art: Underground /
Underground
Fleming, Denise, 1950-
"Underground/creatures dig...past squirm-ways and worm-ways..." A minimal but powerful text & intimate, close-up illustrations follow moles, chipmunks, grubs, earthworms, and other creatures that spend their time underground.
Easy Picture BookFLEMING
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Cover Art: And then it's spring /
And then it's spring
Fogliano, Julie
Easy Picture BookFOGLIAN
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Cover Art: Step gently out /
Step gently out
Frost, Helen, 1949-
Close-up photographs of insects pair with a rhyming poetic text that calls us to look closely: "Step gently out, be still, and watch a single blade of grass. An ant climbs up to look around. A honeybee flies past." A quiet book, a quick read, not too exciting--but a nice one to share before going out on a nature walk or bug hunt.
Easy Fiction 595.7 F 2012
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Cover Art: Little white rabbit /
Little white rabbit
Henkes, Kevin
The soft, fresh yellows, pinks, and especially greens of Henkes's illustrations make this book feel like a Spring morning. "Little White Rabbit hopped along. When he hopped through the high grass, he wondered what it would be like to be green...when he hopped over the rock, he wondered what it would be like not to be able to move." While you read, make sure to wonder about the same things Little Rabbit does--then go outside and wonder about the things you see as you hop along.
Easy Picture BookHENKES
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Cover Art: Spring is here! /
Spring is here!
Hillenbrand, Will
Easy Picture BookHILLENB
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Cover Art: If rocks could sing : a discovered alphabet /
If rocks could sing : a discovered alphabet
McGuirk, Leslie.
Leslie McGuirk, rock observer extraordinaire, found rocks that look like each letter of the alphabet. The perfect read right before a nature walk with preschoolers through second graders--what shapes will they find in the rocks they see today? Which letter do they think would be the hardest to find? The easiest?
Easy Picture BookMCGUIRK
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Cover Art: Mud /
Mud
Ray, Mary Lyn.
Get dressed in old clothes before you read this one to a child, because you'll immediately want to go outside and play together in the mud afterwards. One of my all-time favorite picture books, 'Mud' has a simple, lovely, reverent text and lush illustrations that immerse the reader in the gorgeous transition from Winter to Spring, when "Winter will squish, squck, sop, splat, slurp, melt in mud." Its closing words: "Come spring. Come grass. Come green." Take your socks off, too.
Children's Fiction RAY
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Cover Art: Flip, flap, fly! /
Flip, flap, fly!
Root, Phyllis.
A buoyant rhyme full of great movement-related verbs follows a series of baby animals doing what they love to do. From Booklist: "The rhyming text pauses before the page turn where the tip of a tail is pictured and the next spread reveals the new creature. For instance: “So mama helps the baby fish, splish, splash, swim through the weeds and the reeds in the green, green lake. ‘Look,’ blurps the baby fish, ‘I see a . . . [page turn] SNAKE!’” This gives the reader/listener a chance to fill in the rhyme on his or her own.
Easy Picture BookROOT
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Cover Art: Spring song /
Spring song
Seuling, Barbara.
"When the sun warms the hard ground and makes it soft, what do moles do? Dig a new row/of tunnels below. When the new grass grows in the sunny meadow, what do rabbits do? Hop all over/in the clover." A short book with vivid, extra-detailed illustrations about how creatures, including humans, respond to spring's arrival.
Easy Picture BookSEULING
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Cover Art: Swirl by swirl : spirals in nature /
Swirl by swirl : spirals in nature
Sidman, Joyce.
"A spiral is a growing shape. It starts small and gets bigger, swirl by swirl. It unwraps itself, one curl at a time." A perfect text and amazing woodcut (I think) illustrations invite us to consider a shape that recurs over and over in the natural world.
Children's Nonfiction BookPS3569.I295 S85 2011
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Cover Art: Baby Bear sees blue /
Baby Bear sees blue
Wolff, Ashley.
Easy Picture BookWOLFF
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Comments
On Apr 11, 2013 at 11:18, Kim B wrote:
Everybody Needs a Rock is a favorite book - so glad to be reminded of it again!
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