Spring Booklist

When the groundhog casts his shadow
And the small birds sing
And the pussywillows happen
And the sun shines warm
And when the peepers peep
Then it is Spring”

Margaret Wise Brown

 

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A Big Treasury of Little Animals by Phoebe Dunn

Blue on Blue by Dianne White, illustrated by Beth Krommes

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston, also A Butterfly is PatientA Nest is Noisy, and A Seed is Sleepy

Flower Fairies of the Spring by Cicely Mary Barker

Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri

How a Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan, illustrated by Loretta Krupinski

I Took a Walk by Henry Cole

The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot
*Audiobook recommendation: James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot, narrated by Jim Dale

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

 A Nest Full of Eggs by Priscilla Belz Jenkins

 Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

Over in the Meadow by John Langstaff, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky

Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Rainy Day Rhymes by Gail Radley, illustrated by Ellen Kandoian

Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur

Spring Story by Jill Barklem

Spring Thaw by Steven Schnur

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (original text), illustrated by William Nicholson

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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Christmas Booklist

Every year after Christmastide we put our Christmas themed books away so that when Advent begins it is the first time my children have seen them all year. I check out the ones we don’t own from the library and we place them in a basket with a festive bow. I love how these stories work their magic all Advent long as we prepare our hearts for Christmas morning. Here are our favorites.

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Picture Books for the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage

Engraving of the Mayflower (1897)

Today, 400 years ago, the Mayflower set sail for our eastern shores! The Separatists and other passengers numbered 102. They crammed below deck in tight quarters, due to the early failure of a second ship that meant to sail alongside the Mayflower, the Speedwell. Heavy storms, seasickness, poor nutrition, and many other hardships plagued their sixty-six day journey. One mother gave birth to a child mid-journey, appropriately naming the child Oceanus. Another passenger, John Howland, fell into the sea during a fierce storm and managed to survive.

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Happy Tasha Tudor Day!

Here is the article I promised to link to in my Instagram post. Thank you, Emily, from Life at Blueberry Barn, for sharing your beautiful celebration and recreation of one of the most magical moments from Tasha Tudor’s books.


Happy Tasha Tudor Day! Today would have been Tasha Tudor’s 105th birthday. We love Tasha Tudor around here . . . every time I scour the thrift store bookshelves I hope to find books to add to our collection. I wish I could flip through the pages of her books with you so you could see for yourself how sweet and delightful her illustrations are.

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