Spring Picture Books Picks
Here’s a handful of picture books I am recommending for spring. They are all connected to spring but in not in perfectly obvious ways. They also happen to all be by author/illustrators!
DINOSAUR KISSES by David Ezra Stein begins with a dinosaur egg hatching. Dinosaurs learn by mimicking just like humans although learning to kiss comes a little harder for a dinosaurs. Yikes!
MAPLE by Lori Nichols is about a little girl with a special connection to a tree. The tree was planted for her birth. On spring day she sees a new tree planted beside her tree. This is a beautiful story about life connected to nature.
Next is the classic LET’S MAKE RABBITS by Leo Lionni. It is nice to read books about bunnies this time of year and this one is a little different. One rabbit is made with pencil and the other with cut paper right in the book. Then they come to life and are hungry for carrots. Maybe it will inspire some spring art making!
April is National Kite Month so April must be a windy month. Windy enough for WINDBLOWN by Eduard Manceau! In this cumulative story some cutout paper shapes are claimed by a series of animals then finally the wind who blows them to you! What will you make?
And finally is TWO LITTLE BIRDS by Mary Newell DePalma (who also wrote and illustrated A GRAND OLD TREE which I included in this tree book list). In this story a couple young birds decide to follow a group of birds in flight. After a long journey their surrounds are very different. They have migrated south and in the spring they return to their home again. This story made me feel like a young bird!
Have a favorite book with a spring connection? Please share!