Happy Spring everyone! The kids and I have been going through our library and gathering our favorite Spring books. It’s time to put the wool blankets and Winter books away and bring out Spring. We are so excited to read about Spring, Easter, and gardening.
Here are a few of our favorite spring books…
Make Way for McCloskey: A Robert McCloskey Treasury. Not all of these stories are about Spring, but this is when we make the time to read through these fun and entertaining stories about ducks and donuts and blueberries…
The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter. This book of filled with exactly what it’s title says; a big book of treasures. We cannot wait to reacquaint ourselves with Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle Duck and all their friends…
The Complete Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem is a charming story about the mice of Brambly Hedge. This book contains a story for all four seasons along with a few extras. It is one we read every year (and one that my nine-year-old, Caleb, still begs me to read). The illustrations and the cozy stories draw you in immediately. It reminds me somewhat of Beatrix Potter’s, Peter Rabbit.
The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs is one of our Easter favorites. It is a heart-warming parable about the gift Our Father has given to us.
The Donkey That No One Could Ride by Anthony DeStefano is one we were gifted this year by dear friends. This cute book is the story of the donkey that believes he is worthless… until he meets a King.
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson and illustrated by Tasha Tudor. This is an amazing book of poetry filled with beautiful illustrations.
Big Treasury of Little Animals by Phoebe Dunn. This book is sweet and filled with beautiful pictures of animals. It entertains mainly my littler littles.
The Bluebirds & Their Neighbors: Old Homestead Tales Volume 1 by Neil Wayne Northey. We have a friendly family of bluebirds that make their way back to our home each Spring. Reading this book helps us relearn a little about our bluebird friends and their neighbors.
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is one of our favorite books. Sophia and I want to be like Miss Rumphius when we grow up.
Sunflower House by Eve Bunting. This is a fun little book inspiring creativity in gardening.
Two Little Gardeners (Little Golden Book) by Margaret Wise Brown and Edith Thacher Hurd. This simple and precious little book is perfect for my two younger children. It’s about two little children who plant, protect, and grow a garden. When all is ripe, they harvest, cook, and can the leftovers all by themselves. I love how this book shows my children that a garden comes with responsibility and requires work, love and protection.
Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children and Sunflower Houses: Inspiration From the Garden–A Book for Children and Their Grown-Ups by Sharon Lovejoy are both books that help to instill in children the love of gardening and being outside. Sunflower Houses and Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots are very similar, so if I had to choose one I would buy Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots.
In honor of our friends gifting us the book, “The Donkey That No One Could Ride”, would you care in joining us in “paying forward” a favorite Spring book of your own to a friend of your own? Jesus has said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35) and He is right. To see the look of joy on a child’s face when given a spontaneous gift is fun and heart-warming. And a book is a gift that gives over and over. So “Spring it forward” this year! As always, I would love to hear about your favorite Spring books…