Picture Books and Craft Ideas to Celebrate Spring
Summaries provided by Barbara Saylor
Illustrated with heavenly full-color paintings that are among the artist’s very best, this picture book for young children pays tribute to a child’s imagination and independence and features an inquisitive and humorous text, making it an ideal read-aloud to treasure.
Create a Shell Garden
by Gerda Muller
Newly back in print, this series of board books without text lead the young child through the seasons of the year in fun, active pictures of playing with lambs, sowing seeds, painting Easter eggs and watching baby birds.
Paper Plate Lamb
LITTLE WHITE RABBIT
by Kevin Henkes
In the newest picture book from bestselling Caldecott Medalist Henkes, a curious young rabbit hops through the wide world before finally ending up safe at home.
Little White Rabbit Paper Plate
PLANTING A RAINBOW
Bold and exuberant pictures show the planting of a family garden. Bulbs, seeds, and seedlings grow into a brilliant rainbow of colorful flowers that are picked and carried home. And next year, a rainbow can grow all over again!
Planting a Rainbow Fruit & Veggie Garden
THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT
by Beatrix Potter
The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a children’s book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter that follows mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor.
Peter Rabbit Puppets
MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS
by Robert McClowsky
Mrs. Mallard was sure that the pond in the Boston Public Gardens would be a perfect place for her and her eight ducklings to live. The problem was how to get them there through the busy streets of Boston. But with a little help from the Boston police, Mrs. Mallard and Jack, Kack, Lack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack arrive safely at their new home. This brilliantly illustrated, amusingly observed tale of Mallards on the move has won the hearts of generations of readers. Awarded the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children in 1941, it has since become a favorite of millions.
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THE CURIOUS GARDEN
by Peter Brown
Brown presents an enchanting tale with environmental themes and breathtaking illustrations that become more vibrant as the garden blooms. Red-headed Liam can also be spotted on every page, adding a seek-and-find element to this picture book.
The Little Grass House
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
by Eric Carle
This story the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
TAP THE MAGIC TREE
by Christie Matheson
Matheson invites the reader to tap, rub, touch, and wiggle illustrations to make an apple tree bloom, produce fruit, and lose its leaves.
THE RUNAWAY BUNNY
by Margaret Wise Brown
A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in an imaginative and imaginary game of verbal hide-and-seek; children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time. The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed become a classic. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic of its reassuring words and loving pictures.
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