From @averyandaugustine ―
We have spring on our minds this month for #littlelitbookseries. The Weather Girls know how to welcome each season with style, making the best of every kind of weather, pelting rain or soporific heat. THE WEATHER GIRLS is a first book of seasons for little ones, with bright and charming pictures by Aki. Published by Henry Holt & Co.
From @littlebooksbigworld —
Here in middle America, Spring is just around the corner - trees are beginning to bud and flower, bulbs are peeking up through the dirt, the air is turning warmer, the rain is soaking the earth, and the birds are chirping again.
Members of @littlelitbookseries are sharing picture books about Spring today and my choice is FLORETTE Did you see the stunning endpapers in my post yesterday? FLORETTE is a story of growth and promise and one can’t help but feel inspired by the lush illustrations.
From @live_read_write ―
This month, @littlelitbookseries celebrates spring. When I think of this season, verdant pastures, hope springing up in flowers, and little lambs come to mind. If you’ve got a curious animal lover, you’ll want to get your hands on any of British veterinarian and author James Herriot’s works such as this one.
SMUDGE, THE LITTLE LOST LAMB follows one of Farmer Cobb’s new twin lambs. One spring day, little Smudge, aptly named for the spot on his nose, escapes from his fenced pasture. He tastes freedom for the first time, but when hunger strikes he cannot find his way back under the fence. Smudge confronts other animals and inclement weather; eventually a young girl rescues him and reunites him with his mother and human family on the farm. It’s a sweet story that does not shy away from tackling the emotion of fear and the realities of life on the farm in a way that only literature can.
From @livingbythepagewithnatalie —
Waiting for Winter was such a hit with my crew that we were delighted to find It's Springtime, Mr. Squirrel at the library recently! With Sebastian Meschenmoser's signature wry sense of humor and his lovely pencil-sketch illustrations done in color and black and white, it's the perfect book to welcome spring. As Bear emerges from winter and says gloriously: “Let’s lie in the sun, stroll through the meadows, and fill our tummies with fine food!” Much of the book is a subtle recognition of spring fever, that new love that occurs even amongst our forest friends. There are nods to Don Quixote and Sancho Panza here-my boys were tickled by that illustration as they've read an abridged version of the story-but I was reading this to some other little friends that were over for a playdate and I could tell that they didn't catch the reference, neither did my 3.5 year old daughter. But I don't think that takes away from the whimsical ode to spring that is the book's spirit . I'm just hoping a summer or fall book is now in the works. 😉 Perfect for ages 3-10. Published by NorthSouth books in 2018.
From @ourbookbag ―
We are sharing books about spring for this month’s #littlelitbookseries. Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms by Robert Paul Weston and illustrated by Misa Saburi, tells the story of Sakura who loves spring days when she shares a picnic lunch with her Obaachan under the cherry blossom trees. When Sakura’s family moves to America Obaachan stays in Japan. Sakura misses her Obaachan and the cherry blossoms but finds friendship and something familiar to help her keep her memories close.
The book is written in a series of tanka poems, a traditional Japanese poem with 5 lines and 31 syllables. It’s too early for cherry blossoms in Vancouver yet, but when they bloom the streets in the city are lined with the most gorgeous pink blossoms.
“Seeing these blossoms in bloom is always finest with friends.” 🌸
Published by Tundra Books.
From @picturethisbook —
The #littlelitbookseries theme for this month is spring, and even though it’s summer year round where we are, I was thrilled to stumble upon a picture book that allowed us to vicariously experience the changing of the seasons — from winter to spring — through little Sophie who learns how to use her five senses to anticipate and tell spring’s arrival. Beautifully written by Yael Werber, the gentle text flows harmoniously with the gorgeous gouache/digital illustrations by Jen Hill and is perfectly paced to allow the reader to be fully immersed in the lovely landscapes. The kids still dream of experiencing the transition of the seasons for themselves, but until then, I’m thankful for a picture book that allowed them to vividly imagine the sound, feel, smell, look and taste of spring.
From @sunlitpages ―
Oh the irony! When we think of spring, green grass and flowers come to mind. But the reality is that in many parts of the country (Utah being among them), the spring months are filled with snowstorms. Wishing I could work some of the spring magic described in this book on that big snow pile: “Sunshine warms a patch of snow. HOCUS-POCUS! Where did it go?” 🌸
And yet, all in good time, it will happen. And when it does, it will be absolutely magical. (And yes, for those worried, I did protect the pages before shoving this book into a giant snowbank. 😂) 🌸
In the meantime, if you need me, I'll be visiting the other #littlelitbookseries contributors to see what they shared for spring!
From @teeandpenguin ―
We were so excited that this month’s #littlelitbookseries theme of 'spring’ aligned with the release of this beauty from Lizzy Stewart. There’s something magical about a beautiful garden and the pages of this book take us into a truly remarkable garden with dragonflies as big as birds, plants that’ll eat you whole, a very grumpy polar bear and quite possibly a magnificent tiger. At least that’s what Nora’s grandmother tells her.
Nora thinks it’s just a silly game until she sets out to explore the garden and lets her imagination lead her to one lovely discovery after another. The illustrations are a delight and the message perfect for the awakening of creativity we feel in the spring.
From @welovebookworms —
Here’s my contribution to #springfor @littlelitbookseries. It’s Under the Canopy: Trees Around the World by Iris Volant and Cynthia Alonso. The nonfiction book takes readers around the world, exploring the cultural significance that trees play in each society. There’s over 20 fascinating trees to learn about, but there’s one in particular that stood out. It’s found on page 14 - The Cherry Tree. “Picnicking beneath the blossom of a cherry tree is a Japanese tradition known as hanami … When in bloom, these trees signal the arrival of spring, and their delicate, bright petals light up the world with a sense of hope.” Blooms are a silent alarm clock to waken us up for spring. It’s such an ethereal way to welcome the lovely season.
From @writesinla ―
A beautiful book to anticipate spring and for our #littlelitbookseries theme this month. Written in tanka poems, Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms effortlessly covers so much ground. It’s about the connection a child has to their grandmother and to home, having to say goodbye while being open to the blooms of new friendship and experiences in a daunting and unfamiliar place. Wonderfully emotional and varied art is perfect company for this journey bookended by pink cherry blossoms. 🌸
From @writesinla ―
Perfect for our #littlelitbookseries SPRING theme and for March’s focus on #womeninillustration, this debut by Alison Farrell is a total charmer! It’s the story of the Starlight Parade as well as a seek and find book. Delightful illustrations, so many creative characters, and joyful details everywhere. I’m a huge fan of Alison’s work (and Mayor Snail!).