March 19, 2013

Spring picture books

We’re very smitten with spring at Dilly Dally these days! To celebrate the season, here are some of our favourite spring books. They are perfect for cozying up with on those lazy spring days (or during surprise spring showers).

The brand-new picture book “And Then It’s Spring” follows a young boy as he plants a garden and patiently waits for spring to arrive in all its green glory.

The book is written by Julie Fogliano, and the illustrations are the work of Erin Stead, who’s previous book “A Sick Day for Amos McGee” won the 2011 Caldecott Honor. The quirky story and lovely artwork make is sure to be a hit at bedtime!

“A Tree is Nice” was first published in 1956, but it’s gentle message hasn’t lost any of it’s importance. At the end of the story, the reader is encouraged to plant their own tree- a perfect message for the spring.

The above two lovely photos are from a wonderful post on the blog No Big Dill. Check out her blog for more great photos and some great sewing tutorials.

For younger children, there are a few different gardening-themed board books to check out. “The Carrot Seed,” written by Ruth Krauss, is a great companion to “And Then It’s Spring.” It tells the story of a young boy waiting for the arrival of the carrots he planted. Despite the doubts of his family, he never wavers, and is rewarded in the end for his patience.

“Planting a Rainbow” by Lois Ehlert is another lovely board about nature and the surprises that come out of gardens. The narrator buys bulbs, plants them in the ground, and waits through the winter. The bright illustrations of the flowers that then arrive with spring are all labeled with the plants names, making it possible to connect the book to the nature outside your window.

We came across a great blog post on Playful Learning all about taking inspiration from this book to plant their own rainbow in their garden and document all the emerging colours. What a beautiful idea! Above image from Playful Learning.

Pop down to the store peruse our full selection of spring books.

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