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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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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One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey

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This week’s featured title is . . .

One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey

Sal, her younger sister Jane, and parents enjoy their summer months at their seaside home in Maine. An ordinary day–which includes digging clams for supper and taking a boat to the nearest town for supplies–becomes exciting when Sal loses her first tooth, in more ways than one!

Robert McCloskey is a children’s book author with an excellent corpus. His endearing stories are pulled off the shelf by my children constantly and I enjoy reading them as often as I am asked.

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My children appreciate most McCloskey’s memorable and relatable characters, especially the older sister in One Morning in Maine, Sal. Much of the humor of One Morning in Maine is Sal’s reaction to the loss of her first tooth and how she attempts to make her “lost tooth wish” come true despite physically losing the tooth in a clam-filled mud pile. McCloskey understands the thought processes of a child so well it was no surprise for me to learn that Sal and her younger sister, Jane, are based on McCloskey’s own children.

Along with his excellent storytelling are McCloskey’s impressive charcoal illustrations. The illustrations in One Morning in Maine, in particular a double-page spread of Buck Harbor, are some of his finest work. When combined with the text’s vivid descriptions you can almost smell the sea air and feel the muddy sand on your fingers while Sal digs for clams with her father or the water splashing your face from the sides of their boat.

Another praiseworthy element of One Morning in Maine is the portrayal of Jane and Sal’s relationship as sisters. I am always pleased to find a book with a loving sibling interaction because my children imitate what they read. The final exchange between the two sisters—where Sal steps into the role of taking more responsibility for her younger sister—is the final note of the story, teaching a child that the milestones of life are opportunities for growth and maturity.

Longer than most picture books, I recommend this book for ages 4+. Children around this age also can begin to look forward to their first tooth falling out!

Other delightful books by Robert McCloskey:

Blueberries for Sal

Make Way for Ducklings

Lentil

Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man

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Read more about the life and work of Robert McCloskey here. I was delighted to learn that McCloskey bought live ducks from a local market to use as models for Make Way for Ducklings. He would observe them as they waddled around his studio!

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