Spring Picks & Pics

I don't usually commit to a favorite, but I will tell you my favorite springtime book is

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1969). Brilliant and bright illustrations squeeze science, consequences, food, sunshine, humor, and beauty into one classic book. No wonder it's always on the list for teachers, librarians, and parents!

And if you like that, you'd like
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert (1988). A family garden displays the vibrant colors of the rainbow each year. Not only is it a plug for parent-child gardening, but it teaches about the process of planting in just a few words. Anyone can appreciate the illustrations and simplicity, but the concept may be best for ages 3 and up.

Aand if you like that, you'd like
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown (2009). A boy beautifies his own patch of urbania, and the gardening spirit spreads delightfully, shown with almost-whimsical illustrations. A must-read for ages 3 and up, this book inspires readers to see that one little person can make a difference and cultivate beauty and respect in her or his surroundings. The book was inspired by the real-life neighborhood beautification of Manhattan's west side. (Pssst...For "10 Must-Have Green Books for Kids", check out this Groovy Green Living article.)

Aaand if you like that, you'd like 

Rain Brings Frogs: A Little Book of Hope by Maryann Cocca-Leffler (2011).
Nate is always choosing positivity, and you know, it's charming. Spring isn't just for frogs and flowers, but for fresh starts, too. Read the few lines about Nate's sunny-side take on life, and maybe it will be infectious---in a good way.

Aaaand: we've got a winner!
Katriina won  
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, pictures by Clement Hurd. This sweet book is by the same team as Goodnight Moon; originally published in 1942, they share the same timelessness. A devoted mother explains that wherever her little bunny runs to, she'll be there for him.

Check out a day in the amazing life of Katriina:

She baked her mother's recipe, crafted, gave a thoughtful gift, re-read a favorite book, and internetted all in one day! Thanks for the peek, Katriina, and thanks for reading.

P.S. Happy St. Patrick's Day! For some book reviews and activity ideas, this site is not bad. 

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