Spring is here, and a great way celebrate the return of warm weather as well as Earth Day is to enjoy these seasonal read from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing! Share springtime with your little ones with these eight books. Enjoy two joyful and fun board books, “Peek-A-Boo Little Chick” & ” Haircuts for Little Lambs”. Encourage hands-on appreciation of nature with two picture books on gardening and exploration, “Thank you, Garden” & “Green on Green”. Celebrate nature and its gifts with three wildlife-focused picture books, “Hundred Feet Tall”, “If I was the Sunshine” and “Wildlives”. We also want to introduce one chapter book below, “Frankie Sparks & the Lucky Charm”. Take a look at the descriptions below to find the perfect springtime books for your family.
By Yu-Husan Huang
1/28/20 | ISBN 9781534451773 | Ages Up to 4
A little chick looks for mama in this adorable, springtime peek-a-boo board book that has soft, felt touch-and-feel flaps throughout! This board book is about the size of your hand and be easily brought anywhere. It’s a perfect mommy and me time book.
By Tomie dePaola
1/28/20 | ISBN 9781534460584 | Ages 2-5
From New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tomie dePaola comes an adorable story about little lambs getting their spring haircuts in this lovely board book! We love how this book shows a family that adapts with the changes and how grandma is a big part of their family life!
By Liz Garton Scanlon, Illustrated by Simone Shin
3/3/20 | ISBN 9781481403504 | Ages 3-7
A community garden unites children and neighbors in this celebration of all the things that grow there, from flowers and fruits to friendships. In the spirit of her Caldecott Honorwinning picture book All the World, this ode to friendship, community, and working together for a better world will have young readers gathering their friends young and old to plant something together. It’s amazing how the simple phrases used in this book to describe the details in gardening show so much joy and life in this community.
By Dianne White, Illustrated by Felicita Sala
3/17/20 | ISBN 9781481462785 | Ages 4-8
A child is on a colorful journey through the seasons, filled with yellow flowers and blue coral in spring and summer and orange pumpkins and green pine forests in fall and winter. All the while, there is another colorful change on the horizon—the birth of a new sibling. Discover the joys of nature, seasons, family—and the vibrant colors of them all—in this lyrical picture book from the author of the acclaimed Blue on Blue. I love how this book is poetic and simple. A small mention of colors and items describe so much and can create the mood, and scenery so well.
By Benjamin Scheuer, Illustrated by Jemima Williams
2/11/20 | ISBN 9781534432192 | Ages 4-8
Guess How Much I Love You meets Someday in this gentle read-aloud picture book that shows us that with just the right amount of care and support, even the smallest of seeds can grow to stand one hundred feet tall. A tender ode to the power of unconditional, immutable love. It is heartwarming to also see the family and neighbors providing support in this book, showing the importance of community in growth.
By Julie Fogliano, Illustrated by Loren Long
5/7/19 | ISBN 9781481472432 | Ages 4-8
Through clever, thought-provoking verse and warmly evocative art, New York Times bestsellers Julie Fogliano and Loren Long explore the awe-inspiring nature of relationships, love, and connection. This is a very creative book that explores different perspectives using nature. We read it a few time and appreciate it more each time.
By Ben Lerwill, Illustrated by Sarah Walsh
2/4/20 | ISBN 9781534454842 | Ages 8 and up
From the illustrator of Herstory (a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018) comes a fascinating and touching book about fifty extraordinary animals that made human history! We are in love with this book! It is so interesting for adults and kids alike to read about these famous animals and they impact they made in the world.
By Megan Frazer Blakemore, Illustrated by Nadja Sarell
2/18/20 | ISBN 9781534430525 | Ages 7-10
It’s springtime in Ms. Cupid’s class, and the entire class is excited to build their very own leprechaun traps. Maybe, if they catch one, they will all get the gift of good luck! This is the fourth chapter book in the STEM inspired Frankie Sparks, Third-Grade Inventor series. We are following this series and love how it promotes the love of Science and encourages all readers to meet the problems of their daily life with creativity and confidence.
(By Joyce Lee- Written in collaboration with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, all opinions are my own.)