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Our Favourite Spring Books

Updated: Mar 2


'The sun is nervous

As a kite

That can't quite keep

Its own string tight.

Some days are fair,

And some are raw.

The timid earth

Decides to thaw.

Shy budlets peep

From twigs on trees,

And robins join

The chickadees.

Pale crocuses

Poke through the ground

Like noses come

To sniff around.

The mud smells happy

On our shoes.

We still wear mittens

Which we lose.'

March by John Updike (taken from A Child's Calendar)

Ahhh, Spring... so full of promise, with the days getting lighter and warmer, everything bursting into life, and summer still ahead. Here are our favourite books for the coming season...

For Baby and Toddler:

Spring by Gerda Muller

This book is one of a series of four; one for each of the seasons. Like the others in this series, Spring is a wordless board book, so suitable for the very youngest children, with simple, realistic illustrations depicting familiar Spring-time scenes. My experience has been that babies and toddlers often reach for these books because the lack of text presents a wonderful opportunity to support early language development. Sharing their own contributions helps young children to make sense of the world, linking their own experiences with what they see depicted in the illustrations. The adult can extend their understanding by introducing new vocabulary, asking open questions and describing the scenes in more detail.

At 8 years old, Bean still enjoys looking at the pictures in this one, and we share our memories of the season... feeding the lambs at Granny's neighbouring farm, rescuing baby birds after they've flown into the window, blowing and painting eggs for the Easter tree etc. or we make up our own stories. This book also makes a beautiful addition to your nature table. If I was going to choose just one Spring book, it'd be this one.