Spring is definitely in the air around here (I saw a robin today!) and with it comes books that remind me of Spring. These three showed up in my mailbox awhile ago and I've been waiting for just the right bright, sunny weekend to share them.
Split! Splat! by Amy Gibson and illustrator Steve Bjorkman
You can't be afraid to be silly with this one! A little girl and her dog head outside into the rain, singing a rain song. Things get messy, but in such a fun, wonderful way. When the rain stops, the girl starts singing a sun song...and then a MUD song!
Great for Spring. You'll definitely need to take your kids out to play in the rain after reading this though. Just a warning.
Fun for storytimes too.
Rosie Sprout's Time to Shine by Allison Wortsche and Patrice Barton
Though this story is really about standing up for one's self in a kind way, it includes some plant-growing...obviously a very Spring-time activity.
Rosie is a fairly quiet girl and is tired of always hearing about how Violet is the best at everything. Violet is the fastest runner, the fanciest on picture day, and the loudest storyteller and Rosie wants to be the best at something. She just wants to be noticed.
The class plants pea plants and Rosie is determined to have the tallest in the class...no matter what she has to do.
A really sweet story with a great message for school-age children. The illustrations are fabulous too...LOVE the blue heart on Rosie's plant pot.
Rosie Sprout's Time to Shine
Utterly Lovely One by Mary Murphy
This one is just itching to be bought for a baby shower gift. Though it really has nothing to do with Spring, I loved the soft colors and sweet birds...definitely made it feel like a Spring book!
A simple ode from a mother to a child, the Mama bird tells her baby how utterly lovely he is and just how lovely all the babies of the world are. From the elephant to the crocodile, each one has a Mama that loves him and believes he is perfect.
A great baby gift and a nice bedtime read, as well.
Utterly Lovely One