The Extraordinary Gardener, The Empty Pot and Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring among Bishop's Stortford College librarian Lizzie Hall's recommended children's reading on spring
Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes about the magic of storytelling...
Dear Reader. Spring is an exciting time of the year. As flowers begin to bloom and leaves return to the trees, picture books are a great way to promote the positivity of the season.
Here are some spring reading suggestions....
Spring Story – Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem
Wilfred woke early. It was his birthday. He had lots of lovely presents, but the best one was a surprise - Mr Apple had organised a secret celebration picnic and all the mice of Brambly Hedge were invited.
There was so much to carry. Poor Wilfred got very tired as he lurched and bumped his way along the grassy track. What was it Mrs Apple had said was in his hamper? Knives? Sandwiches? They were certainly heavy!
When they finally arrived, Wilfred was allowed to open up the hamper and there he found the best treat of all...
And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano
Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they've had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden.
They dig, they plant, they play, they wait . . . and wait . . . until, at last, the brown becomes a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way.
Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Kenard Pak
As days stretch longer, animals creep out from their warm dens and green begins to grow again. Everyone knows spring is on its way!
Join a boy and his dog as they explore nature and take a stroll through the countryside, greeting all the signs of the coming season.
In a series of conversations with everything from the melting brook to chirping birds, they say goodbye to winter and welcome the lushness of spring.
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek
Before spring comes, the trees are dark sticks, the grass is brown and the ground is covered in snow.
But if you wait, leaves unfurl and flowers blossom, the grass turns green and the mounds of snow shrink and shrink.
Spring brings baby birds, sprouting seeds, rain, mud and puddles. You can feel it and smell it and hear it—and you can read it!
Little Bear's Spring by Elli Woollard and Briony May Smith
Little Bear has just woken up from his long winter sleep. But when he pokes his head out of the den, the world around him is vast, white and silent.
The only thing he sees is a smooth little stone, just as alone in the snowy wilderness as he is. He nestles it in tight to his fur and off they go in search of friends.
The Empty Pot by Demi
A long time ago in China there was a boy named Ping who loved flowers. Anything he planted burst into bloom.
The emperor loved flowers too. When it was time to choose an heir, he gave a flower seed to each child in the kingdom.
"Whoever can show me their best in a year's time," he proclaimed, "shall succeed me to the throne!"
Ping plants his seed and tends it every day. But month after month passes and nothing grows.
When spring comes, Ping must go to the emperor with nothing but an empty pot...
Tree by Britta Teckentrup
Through a hole in the book's cover, an owl invites you inside to meet a majestic tree and all its forest inhabitants during the changing seasons. With clever peekaboo holes throughout, each page reveals a new set of animals playing and living in the tree.
Baby bears frolic in the spring, bees buzz around apples in the summer, squirrels store nuts in the autumn and, finally, the lone owl keeps warm during the winter chill - until another year begins.
Children will love seeing a new set of animals appear and then disappear as each page is turned, and along the way they'll learn about the seasons and how a forest and its inhabitants change throughout the year.
The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton
Joe is a boy just like any other, but Joe loves to imagine.
Joe lives in a pretty ordinary tower block, in a rather ordinary city. His world is rather grey. However, he spends his time imagining a wonderful world filled with exotic plants and unusual animals.
One day, Joe decides to plant a seed on his balcony. He waits and waits, but nothing happens!
Joe gives up and goes back to his daily life, but one day, when he least expects it, he spots that the seed has turned into the most beautiful tree.
Joe begins caring for the tree and growing lots of other plants on his balcony and soon everyone in the neighbourhood is getting involved. A charming story about the importance of nature, teaching us that if we work hard enough our dreams really can come true.
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
When the tiny seed is blown away from its parent plant, it travels a very long way - over seas, deserts and mountains.
The tiny seed survives the hazards of the journey and finally falls onto fertile earth. It grows and grows, becoming the tallest, biggest flower for miles around.
Then, one day, the wind blows and thousands of the flower's seeds begin their own journeys.