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Are you in need of some bright sunshiney days? Spring flowers, blue skies, and warm breezes? In this forever winter we could all use some spring. Since Mother Nature seems to be keeping spring at bay we have Heather Blake here from the Vernon Area Public Library District to share with us some spring stories and activities to brighten your days and help us look forward to spring’s arrival.
Books about Spring
It might as well be spring! Wish snow gone with these spring reads:
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
This book can be used to welcome all seasons but begins with a brown tree – much like those outside now! Tap, wiggle and jiggle as you read and make this book and tree come to life. The book cycles through fall – but don’t worry; you can always reread it to bring spring!
And then it’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
You can’t plant a garden in winter. But to cheer themselves up, a boy and his dog start once the snow is gone because a garden means spring. Will their garden grow? What do you need to plant a garden? Make a list, so you are ready once the snow melts!
Spring is here! by Will Hillenbrand
Did you hibernate this winter just like Bear and Mole? Join these two friends as they wake up to find the world different than when they went to sleep…it’s spring! What differences can you spot between spring and winter? What about fall and summer?
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
A true classic by author/illustrator Lois Ehlert, which is not only a how-to for children about planting seeds, bulbs, and plants but reads like a picture book and will get anyone in the mood for spring with colorful pictures of flowers. Grab a sheet of paper and crayons and draw your own flowers. Put them on the fridge to create a bright rainbow!
Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck by Lisa Westberg Peters
Everything about winter is chilly. Poor little Duck can’t wait for spring when her pond will thaw, and she can swim. To get yourself warmed up, stand up while you’re reading and follow along with Duck’s movements. Be sure to talk with your little duck about all the fun things you can do once spring is finally here!
Rain! by Linda Ashman
Snow turns to rain when spring is here, and the little boy in Rain! I couldn’t be happier about it. He is so happy jumping in puddles and splashing around. It might just be infectious! Stuck inside? Take some blue masking tape and make “puddles” on your carpet – then jump in!
You can get more Early Literacy picks from Heather’s Blog: Little Literacy Librarian.
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