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Signs of spring bloom in April: brighter colors, new growth, busy insects are all evidence of spring.  And so is poetry!  April is National Poetry Month. Regardless of whether you greet spring in the city, country, or somewhere in the middle, take a look around to enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of the changing season!  It’s time to welcome spring with a book ...

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

A Perfect Day

By: Lane Smith
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The day was perfect for cat, dog, bird, and squirrel who wanted nothing more than the warm sun, cool water, seeds, and corn. Each enjoyed their perfection until a large carnivore arrived on the scene! Textured illustrations with a lighthearted text effectively tell the story of a perfect day — at least for one large mammal!

Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book

By: Britta Teckentrup
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A bee flies through fields of flowers, over woodland streams and more until it winds up in its hive with others. Colorful illustrations fill each double-page spread, each with a die-cut to glimpse what appears on the next page. The rhyming text moves the bee’s saga satisfyingly along. 

Cricket in the Thicket: Poems about Bugs

By: Carol Murray
Illustrated by: Melissa Sweet
Genre: Nonfiction, Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Short poems present a range of familiar insects from crickets to Monarch butterflies. Each is accompanied by brief information about the critter (with additional information at the end), and illustrated with playful, animated, colorful art in Melissa Sweet’s charming signature style.

Egg

By: Kevin Henkes
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Only the green egg remains unchanged after the pink, blue and yellow eggs hatch; three small birds wait and wait and wait for the fourth egg. After the long wait, a distinctly un-avian creature emerges and a unique friendship begins. Strong lines, soft colors with rounded shapes and repeated images with minimal language tell this distinctive tale of an egg.

Fantastic Flowers

By: Susan Stockdale
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Flowers appear like other things like “Heralding trumpets,/a Mexican hat./Skittering spiders,/a fluttering bat.” But each flower illustrated is real, part of a plant. To make sure readers know this, a photograph accompanied by the common and scientific names as well as where the flower is found and how it is pollinated concludes this intriguing book.

Fresh Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market

By: Michelle Schaub
Illustrated by: Amy Huntington
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

As the weather warms farmers’ markets begin to open. Celebrate the start of the season through lively illustrations and short poems that allow communities from large cities to small towns to “…teem with farmers and their goods — /tasty transformations.”

Hello, Spring!

By: Shelley Rotner
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Stunning, full color photographs combine with rhythmic, lyrical language to celebrate the signs of the new season. Celebrate with children depicted basking in spring’s new growth, holding baby animals, watching and listening to “Spiders spin/Butterlies flit./Bees buzz.” — and preparing gardens for planting. A glossary of terms concludes this handsome book.

My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis

By: Paul Meisel
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The narrator was born on May 17th, a “sunny spring day!” On May 19th, she ate lots of aphids but on June 2nd ate one of two brothers. The life of the praying mantis begins in spring, ends in October, with its own description of life in between. Inviting illustrations illuminate the understated text. Endpages fill in information about a praying mantis’ life cycle.

Pig and Goose and the First Day of Spring

By: Rebecca Bond
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Pig and Goose become friends one spring morning when Pig decides to enjoy a picnic near a pond. Their growing bond is seen in each episode told in three chapters. Lightly lined and colored illustrations complement the tone of each as the friends recognize each other’s individuality.

Plant the Tiny Seed

By: Christie Matheson
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Readers are encouraged to participate in planting a tiny seed, wait, care for it, wait, then watch it grow into a beautiful zinnia. The rhyming text is illustrated as though from ground level with straightforward depictions of an emerging garden. Directions on planting the zinnia seeds (which may be found in the book) briefly expands information on gardening.

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