Spring Reads

We have been loving the warmer weather! There has been quite a few rainy days, but we will take it for all the green grass popping up and tulips starting to bloom! Last time I hopped on here I wrote about starting our seeds. They are growing and getting bigger by the day. I’m taking notes to share with you all later once I get them out into the garden, hopefully mid April.

Now, I’m here to share all about our spring reads. Sometimes with all that rain, there’s nothing better to do but curl up and read some books. Because we started seeds I decided to grab quite a few books that have to do with plants, flowers, and gardens. Below its a list of what we have on our spring reading list.

1.Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson
2. Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals
3. Compost! by Linda Glaser
4. A New Beginning by Wendy Pfeffer
5.It’s Spring by Linda Glaser
6.Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
7. Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Kenard Pak
8. Abracadabra It’s Spring by Anne Sibley O’Brien
9. We are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines
10. The Gardener by Sarah Stewart
11. Secrets of the Garden by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
12.Garbage Helps our Garden Grow by Linda Glaser
13. And Then It’s Spring by Julie Gofliano
14. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

London’s favorite so far have been ‘And Then It’s Spring’. She loves the transition from brown to green and the waiting, waiting for the seeds to sprout. Very similar to what we are doing now! Waiting for it to be warm enough to move our seeds outside and plant more flowers.

Another great book to talk about the transition between season is Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring! by Kenard Pak. The illustrations are beautiful and there is minimal text so you can really focus on the pictures and notice different things about each season.

If you have any interest in composting, there are a lot of fun books in this list to help you get started. Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals, Compost! by Linda Glaser, and Garbage Helps our Garden Grow by Linda Glaser are all great books to introduce the topic and then there are excerpts in the back that give practical ways to start composting in your own backyard! We’ve been composting for a while and I actually learned some new things from these books!

Secrets of the Garden by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld is another great book for more of a scientific look at gardening. It talks about food chains and how each chain starts with a plant. A good introductory book to a topic we haven’t yet discussed. London was very intrigued by the food chains examples and thinking of other insects a bird might eat, or where the food we eat come from.

Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson is super cute and interactive having you push down the seed, rub the sun for warm, tap the cloud for rain. Lots of fun for little ones with this one. The illustrations are bright and colorful. Combined with the actions this book can keep even your youngest readers engaged.

Two classics would be first, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, which we just added to our home library. Miss Rumphius travels the world, lives by the sea and vows to make the world more beautiful than she found it. It’s an easy read and can start lots of conversations with your kiddos.

The second classic is actually new to us. The Gardener by Sarah Stewart takes place during the Great Depression and is about a little girl sent to live in the city. She packs a suitcase full of seeds and we hear about her time at her Uncle’s through letters she writes back home. Little by little she adds beauty to the city and ultimately creates a beautiful rooftop garden. Again, many great conversations that can be started with this book. Letter writing, starting a garden in a small space, the Great Depression. It’s a good one that I’m looking to make a permanent part of our home library.

These are the books that really stood out to me. London enjoyed all the books and we would check out any of these again. There’s a little bit of something for everyone in the list I just shared.

How are you all celebrating spring? Have you checked out any new books from your library?

Talk soon!

El

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