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[Monday Reading] Spring Into Reading!

We welcome spring with these three delightful picture books!



Fats here.

It’s Monday, What are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.

These are tulips from my friend’s garden. Left: These tulips bloomed on Earth Day! Right: Photo was taken yesterday, after a light drizzle around noon. To celebrate these happy days, I am sharing three picture books about spring! Enjoy!


The Happy Day
by Ruth Krauss and Marc Simont
ISBN-13: 9780060233969

They sniff. They run. The field mice run, the bears run, the little snails run with their shells, and the squirrels run out of the trees, the ground hogs run out of the ground.

The Happy Day received the Caldecott Honor Book award in 1950. The title is self-explanatory. The book tells the simple story about the end of winter, the beginning of spring, and the forest animals celebrating in the midst of it all. I enjoyed the sparse text and black and white illustrations in the book.


And Then It’s Spring
by Julie Fogliano and Erin E. Stead
ISBN-13: 9781596436244

First you have brown, all around you have brown…

Following a snow-filled and dreary winter, a boy and his dog decided to plant a garden. “All the brown” needed to be gone. The boy wished for rain and sunshine, and for the greens to come out and fill the land. And Then It’s Spring is about hope as much as it is about spring.


by Shauna LaVoy Reynolds and Shahrzad Maydani
ISBN-13: 9780399539121

The snow had melted, the buttercups were blooming, and Sylvia celebrated winter’s end by writing a poem about spring.

I love this book! Sylvia is a sweet little girl who loves poetry. She writes a poem about spring and ties it around a birch tree on her way home from school. When Sylvia passes by the tree the next morning, she sees her paper still tied around it. Sylvia gets closer to the tree and realizes that it’s a different poem. Sylvia is over the moon about the birch tree writing her back! Follow Sylvia’s story to the end and be reminded that friends come from unexpected places. This is also a great reference for teaching kids about poetry.

Currently Reading…

I finished Begone the Raggedy Witches last weekend. Hooray! I’m still working my way through The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls but decided to add Foreign Soil and Other Stories and Zahrah the Windseeker. #KeepReading

9 comments on “[Monday Reading] Spring Into Reading!

  1. Poetree is really sweet and the first grade class I read it to enjoyed it a lot.


  2. lindabaie

    I love The Happy Day & And Then It’s Spring, both just right for today! And I just read Poetree this past weekend at my favorite Indie. What a special new book! Love those tulip pictures, too, Fats. that second one with the raindrops is spectacular! Have a great week!


  3. Your tulips are absolutely lovely! My neighbor allowed my daughter to pick some of her flowers over the weekend and she, unfortunately, also came back with three tulips picked from an adjacent neighbor’s yard. I was pretty horrified, but they sure were pretty. I hope I can find And Then It’s Spring. We kinda need the encouragement where we live since it’s hot and then cold and then hot and then cold again. We’ve had gorgeous springy days the last week and now we’re heading into three more days of snow. Ugh. Have a wonderful reading week, Fats!


  4. Sarah Sammis

    Spring is very different in California. If it’s been raining in winter (and hopefully it has), spring is when things start to go brown as things heat up and dry out for summer. What I read and posted last week.


  5. Jana @JanaTheTeacher

    I’ve ordered And Then It’s Spring and Poetree from the library; they look like awesome springtime books. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Michele Knott

    Love the beautiful photos! My tulips did not bloom again… too many bad springs have stopped the growth. I’ll live vicariously through your photos!
    I loved Poetree too!


  7. What lovely tulips! I need to replant my perennials — they have been getting very sparse. I blame rabbits.


  8. That photograph of the tulips with the water droplets is absolutely stunning! All of these picture books look delightful. I will have to see if any of them are available at the school I am working in this week.


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