Spring is in the Air: Best Books for the Season
By: Stephanie Rivera, Youth Department Director
Warmer weather is just on the horizon, and with it comes the renewed request for seasonal reads. Spring is full of new beginnings, as well as perennial favorites such as the start of baseball, kite season, and gardening. If you’re looking for seasonal books to put a little “spring” in your step, you’ll want to borrow these popular titles.
Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they’ve had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait . . . and wait . . . until at last, the brown becomes a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way.
Before spring comes, the trees are dark sticks, the grass is brown, and the ground is covered in snow. But if you wait, leaves unfurl and flowers blossom, the grass turns green, and the mounds of snow shrink and shrink. Spring brings baby birds, sprouting seeds, rain and mud, and puddles. You can feel it and smell it and hear it — and you can read it!
With original and spot-on perceptions, Joyce Sidman’s poetry brings the colors of the seasons to life in a fresh light, combining the senses of sight, sound, smell and taste. In this Caldecott Honor book, illustrator Pam Zagarenski’s interpretations go beyond the concrete, allowing us to not just see color, but feel it.
Up in the garden, the world is full of green — leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home. In this exuberant and lyrical book, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves…and down in the dirt.
Whether a gardener, a chef, or both, readers will find easy gardening projects for edible plants in this book. Includes tips and variations for indoor and outdoor projects.
For Henry and his big dog Mudge, spring means admiring the first snow glory, playing in puddles in the rain, and watching the five new kittens next door.
Baby animals are springing up on the ranch. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa have a lot to do to help these new friends feel at home. But Cocoa’s not sure he wants new friends, especially if they mean more work. With Cowgirl Kate’s gentle nudging — and snacks! — Cocoa’s happy to help out, and work is as fun as play.