Friday, March 07, 2014

Think Spring!

I enjoy a good snow day every now and then, but I am beyond ready to hang this winter up! While March is known to deliver a surprise or two every now and then, I think it's safe to break out the springtime books. *Crosses fingers*  Luckily, we have an abundance of fantastic books about spring.  Here is a handful of my favorites:

And Then It's Spring 
I'm sure many patrons can relate to the young boy featured in this story. He is just very tired of the brown trees, leaves--everything!  He (and his faithful dog, rabbit, and turtle) excitedly plants something green, and waits...and waits...and waits.  Will it ever turn green? Did the birds eat the seeds? Our young gardener is just about to give up, until a small glimmer of spring erupts.  This is a great read aloud that's simple enough for toddlers and preschoolers, but not babyish for older listeners.

Cherry Blossoms Say Spring 
Jill Esbaum and National Geographic Kids have created several attractive and inviting photo-rich seasonal titles ideal for young readers; Cherry Blossoms Say Spring is one of their best.  The book includes pictures of the trees outside of their blooming season, but the pictures of the trees in full bloom are the most exquisite.  This would make a fine read aloud for elementary school students.

Crafts to Make in the Spring
Feel inspired to make crafts, but are daunted by crafts that have lengthy instructions and odd materials? Check out Kathy Ross's many craft books for children. In addition to her seasonal craft books, she also has books centered on animal-related crafts, math-related crafts, fairy crafts, and more.

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons 
I automatically order everything Il Sung Na creates; his picture books are wonders of extraordinary illustrations and simple yet rich text.  In Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit, we follow a rabbit observing the winter habits of other animals: some hibernate, some migrate, and some stay just where they are.  At the end, everyone reemerges for winter, including the rabbit, who has quite the new look!

Do you know what other new things are brought by the advent of spring? New books! The publishing industry has two major seasons: fall and spring (which sorta kinda includes summer releases), and March begins a bonanza of new titles. Make sure you are subscribed to Wowbrary to be among the first to know what's been ordered and added to our collection!

Jennifer Schultz, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library 

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