Spring is the perfect time for books about planting flowers in the garden, searching for flower fairies, or finding rainbows. Let young imaginations soar with books that celebrate Spring themes. Here are five books for children that capture the essence of the season.
Publisher: Warne; illustrated edition
Cicely Mary Barker's beautifully designed pop-up book divulges everything the reader might want to know about fairies and how to find them. Five of the pages reveal the different habitats in which fairies may live and where fairies like to hide. Enchanting and magical, this book features numerous lift-the-flap surprises and many other interactive delights.
Publisher: Voyager Books
For younger readers, this colorful book by Lois Ehlert is good for introducing the cyclical elements of gardening, from planting to picking. Flowers of every color in the rainbow are featured and clearly identified for readers by name. This book is great for learning colors and mastering the names of the most common garden flowers.
This entrancing story for older children, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is about a ten-year-old girl named Mary who becomes an orphan and unhappily goes to live with her uncle in England. The maid who cares for Mary tells her tales about a secret garden somewhere on the manor, and Mary spends hours outside looking for it. Once found, Mary and the other characters in the story restore the old garden to its original state, and as the garden heals, so do the characters.
Publisher: Little Simon
Eric Carle's colorfully illustrated book for young readers tells the story of a flower's life cycle, beginning with the journey of a tiny seed. This book also introduces readers to the role of seasons, incorporates philosophical elements about life, and presents the challenges that must be overcome by plants in order for them to grow and thrive.
This book by Kim Parker is geared toward the preschool set and features cheerful watercolor flowers and brilliant garden scenes. In addition to its vibrantly illustrated pages, children will enjoy finding and counting the garden creatures hidden amongst the pages of this book.
These spring-themed books can inspire children to create beautiful flower-filled gardens, hunt for fairies in the yard, or simply use their imagination. Choose one of these springtime favorites to enliven the creativity of a child and celebrate the season.