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Spring 2010: Kids’ Book Picks

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: March 8, 2010

Spring is in the air. Familiar floral scents are beginning to drift with the breeze, stimulating thoughts of rebirth—from flowering blossoms to new-born chickens. Spring just may be my favorite season. The following books are a great representation of this sweet and thriving time of year.

Silly Little Goose! Silly Little Goose!

by Nancy Tafuri

Reading level: Ages 0-5

Board book: 26 pages

Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Brdbk edition (February 1, 2010)

Little Goose is looking for a quiet and comfortable place to lay her eggs—a classic spring activity. Simple text combined with animal sounds and winning illustrations make Silly Little Goose a great read-aloud book. This book was first released in 2001, but it has just been released as a sturdy board book—a great choice for the younger set.

Add this book to your collection: Silly Little Goose!

The Grasshopper Hopped! The Grasshopper Hopped!

by Elizabeth Alexander (Author), Joung Un Kim (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 3-6

Hardcover: 14 pages

Publisher: Golden Books (January 12, 2010)

I’m not sure if Grasshoppers would be considered synonymous with spring, but, when I saw the cover for this book, my mind immediately thought of gardening and blossoms. As Grasshopper searches for his “perfect” spot, readers are taken on a journey similar to the one that Goldilocks takes in The Three Little Bears: The soup pot is too hot, the fridge too cold. Kim’s cut-paper illustrations and interactive pull-tabs add extra pizazz to the already engaging rhyme and sounds of Alexander’s charming little story.

Add this book to your collection: The Grasshopper Hopped!

Forever Friends Forever Friends

by Carin Berger

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Greenwillow Books (March 2, 2010)

From her collage artwork to her simple and reflective stories, Carin Berger is one of my favorites! Forever Friends, a companion book to The Little Yellow Leaf, is the story between two unlikely friends who must part because of the seasons. It is the season of spring that brings them back together. The cherry blossoms, mushrooms, and flower-chains, add extra panache to this heartfelt story of friendship.

Add this book to your collection: Forever Friends

You may also enjoy: The Little Yellow Leaf

Interview: Carin Berger

Mathilda and the Orange Balloon Mathilda and the Orange Balloon

by Randall de Seve (Author), Jen Corace (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Balzer + Bray (February 16, 2010)

Spring time begs for youngsters to return to the great outdoors. It also welcomes vivid imaginations that are rekindled by a change of scenery. Mathilda is an adorable little lamby—illustrated by Jen Corace: Little Pea, Little Oink, and Little Hoot—who clearly has a profound imagination that is stimulated easily by her surroundings. Mathilda also has a level of curiosity that, when combined with her imagination, allows her to become anything (an important message for anyone). Very sweet!

Add this book to your collection: Mathilda and the Orange Balloon

You may also enjoy: Little Pea, Little Oink, and Little Hoot

Paris in the Spring with Picasso Paris in the Spring with Picasso

by Joan Yolleck (Author), Marjorie Priceman (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (March 23, 2010)

This is a visual and intellectual, cultural treat. Marjorie Priceman, the illustrator of two Caldecott Honor books, has superbly conjured images of 20th century Paris; an era of great artists, such as: Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein. The artwork is reminiscent of Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline books, only the colors are more vibrant. Francophiles will delight in author Joan Yolleck’s imaginative telling of how these great artists may have spent one of their wonderful spring days in Paris. Conceptual meets factual, ending in a brilliant soiree.

Add this book to your collection: Paris in the Spring with Picasso

Francophiles may also enjoy: Everybody Bonjours! by Leslie Kimmelman

My Little Pony: The Greenest Day (I Can Read Book 1) My Little Pony: The Greenest Day (I Can Read Book 1)

by Jennifer Christie

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 24 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (March 9, 2010)

The Greenest Day is a level 1 I Can Read book, which means that it has short sentences and familiar words. At the beginning of the book there are a few words that are matched with a picture. Throughout the story, these pictures replace the words in the sentences they appear—a fun concept to spice-up learning to read. With spring, friendship, and good listening as the key concepts for this story, it’s a great choice for a reluctant reader or My Little Pony fan.

Add this book to your collection: My Little Pony: The Greenest Day

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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