Ah, spring. It is my favorite season. So much hope, so many nice weathered days. Eli and I love to spend time in our front yard (because Eli, our extrovert, loves running into neighbors and delivery truck drivers and garbage collectors) and backyard (because there’s room to freely explore), and I’m looking forward to this spring as an opportunity to spend most of our days completely outside. (To be honest, our weather this winter in Texas has been so nice that we have spent a lot of our winter days outside, too. Don’t worry, people currently buried in snow! Texans hibernate in the air conditioning in the summer months. Ha!)
I decided to put together a small collection of books associated with spring for Eli’s book basket, which will be easy to drag out the door as we head out to enjoy some spring reading fun in the sun. Here’s what I have included:
Spring by Gerda Muller. A beautiful, realistically illustrated, wordless picture book. The reader follows a young child as she experiences spring–playing with young animals, gardening, painting Easter eggs, etc. I love how every picture invites our own words. Eli gets to choose what we look at and what we talk about within the pictures. Once he’s a little older, this book will also encourage him to “read” aloud his version of what is happening in the picture scenes without feeling the need to simply repeat what he has heard us read.
Hello Animals, Where Do You Live? by Loes Botman. Realistically illustrated animals with simple text. Although not technically a book about spring, I think of animals when thinking about this particular season, and Eli loves animals, so I think this book snuggles right in with the others in this basket.
and then it’s spring by Julie Fogliano. A hopeful lesson of patience in a quaintly and lovely illustrated book. This book looks at a young boy’s need to wait while the seeds underground take root in all the “brown” of the earth until “the brown isn’t around and now you have green.” I also love how much is included in the illustrations, which invites oh so much vocabulary to explore.
Everything Spring by Jill Esbaum. Vocabulary rich text with engaging photographs of spring. The word choice in this book says “Montessori” all over it: “leaves unfurl,” “spring nudges,” “ducklings totter.” I so appreciate that this book does not “dumb down” the descriptions. Children deserve beautiful words and descriptions, too! The images depicted in the words alone could illustrate this book, but paired with the photographs, this is definitely a book to have. I will be adding more of this series to our collection for sure.
Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder. The loveliest of poems partnered with clear and bright close-up photographs of nature. Again, this book isn’t a true spring book, but the poem’s call for us to “step gently out, be still, and watch a single blade of grass” is exactly what I want us to do this season. This lyrical poem continues to hum in my ears after the book is closed. You can’t ask any more from a poem than that!
What books will your family be reading this spring?