Thursday, April 14, 2011

"Welcome, Spring" Book List

Ahhh...Spring has sprung.  And TRWH has gathered a little list of sweet Spring picture books:

Over and Over by Charlotte Zolotow (This book frames the year with seasons and holidays- a great way o show the cyclical structure of a year to small children.  An oldie, but a goodie.)

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills   (Bird starts to teach Rocket the dog to read, but goes away in winter.  Don't worry, Bird returns in the Spring.)

The Listening Walk by Paul Showers (An old classic.  I love this one for Spring, for listening, for writerly life.  Also, it's a good excuse to take kids on walk and ask them not to talk for five minutes in a row.)

My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell (Put Rockwell on it...I'll buy it.  I love Rockwell's simple nonfiction books for little ones!  It's a small moment, it's a just right book, it's a Rockwell!)

Forever Friends by Carin Berger (Last year I saw this at Nicola's and I just loved it.  (Going through the seasons, --SPOILER ALERT-- bunny and bird are reunited in Spring.  Great companion to the Rocket book- both use seasons for structure, but the tone is so different with the art and text.  Great book for studying mood.)

City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, Illustrated by John Muth.  (Mo did not illustrate this book.  This is a powerful book about seasons, life,loving, good-byes, and going on.  Have a tissue.  It is just beautiful.)

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na (This book talks about what animals do to get ready for winter, and then shows them in the spring.)

Red Rubber Boot Day and Mud by Mary Lyn Ray (Joyful, poetic prose.  Great for small moment writing, teaching how writers live in the world, and poetry.  And now you'll want red rubber boots.)

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