Is It Spring Yet?

The calendar says today is the first day of spring, but here in New England, it’s still pretty cold. Maybe if we read lots of picture books about spring, it will arrive for real. Here are a few titles I found at the library to get us started:

Gem bGemy Holly Hobbie
In this mostly wordless picture book, a little toad comes out of his winter hiding spot to make the journey to his next home. Along the way, he encounters a car, a hawk, a frog and her babies, and a little girl with a good heart. The watercolor and pen and ink artwork glows with a blue-green-yellow color palate. Concludes with some facts about toads. (Little, Brown, 2012)



And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
“Please don’t stomp here; there are seeds and they are AndThentrying” reads the sign. Seeds need dirt, water, sunshine, and time. A little boy patiently awaits the green plants of spring that will replace the brown of winter. Watch the color palate as it goes from brown to green; it’s so subtle you could miss it on the first read-through, so take your time and look. (Roaring Brook, 2012)




NorthCountryNorth Country Spring by Reeve Lindbergh, illustrated by Liz Sivertson
Rhyming prose leads readers through the wonders of spring. Bears c
ome out of hibernation, deer nibble fresh green grass, and maple trees seep sap for syrup. That’s only a start! Spring brings lots of activity, both human and animal. Includes notes about the animals featured throughout the book. (Houghton Mifflin, 1997)

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