What’s your favourite season? Spring always marks a fresh start; spring cleaning, daffodils appearing and lambs being born. (And of course, there’s always an alarming but satisfying amount of chocolate around in the build up to Easter!) But one thing we would never give up for lent, and goes very nicely with a fresh start, is reading a new book!
So here at Boolino we have compiled a list of five recommended reads that have been inspired by the arrival of spring. With a mixture of fiction and non-fiction from ages 0 - 8, you might just find something to get you "spring-spired" this season!
The Butterfly Dance by Suzanne Barton Age 0 – 5
From the author and illustrator of The Dawn Chorus and Robin’s Winter Song comes another stunningly illustrated book, The Butterfly Dance. This story is all about two little caterpillars that are the best of friends and do everything together. When it’s time for them to wake up from the cocoons they have spindled, they both appear as beautiful butterflies, but soon they realise for the first time they look very different. This is a wonderful story about friendship and being happy with who you are.
Guess How Much I Love You in the Spring by Sam McBratney Age 3+
This is one of four books from the creator of Guess How Much I Love You, all focusing on the changing seasons. We follow Little Nutbrown Hare as he plays in the springtime and asks lots of questions about why everything grows and changes. The book is filled with delicate illustrations that really bring to life the season and will encourage children to help Little Nutbrown Hare discover the answers to his questions.
Follow Me Around the Garden by Camille Garoche Age 3 – 6
This is a very fitting story for spring as Luna the cat and her puppy friends can finally get out of the house after all the rain. Luna is their tour guide around the garden and on each page children will discover detailed illustrations with lots of flaps to lift that reveal hidden secrets in the garden. As they walk around the garden Luna notices it’s strangely quiet and wonders where all the usual creatures living there have gone… This hardback book will keep children and parents occupied for hours as there are over 50 flaps to find!
My First Encyclopedia of How? By Sophie Lamoureux Age 4 – 8
With all the questions that the changes of spring can bring we thought this would be an ideal book to have on your book shelf. Brand new this month from the My First Discoveries Collection by Moonlight Publishing, this book asks over 150 questions, all beginning with “How”. Each question is accompanied by detailed illustrations and explanations, plus transparent pages reveal hidden images making this a really fun and useful reference book for little learners.
Woodland Hedgehugs Activity Book by Lucy Tapper Age 5 – 8
With the weather starting to get a little warmer it’s the perfect time to get out and about and explore your local woodland, forest or park. This activity book is the perfect accompaniment to any outdoor expedition as it’s packed with lots of fun suggestions on what to do, what to see and what to smell while you’re on a woodland walk. Each page includes lots of fun facts about nature and what you might discover, and there are lots of activities to do when you get back home, all inspired by the great outdoors. This is definitely one for the whole family to enjoy during weekends and school holidays.
We hope we’ve inspired you with some new spring reads. What are you reading right now? We’d love to know!