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
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
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
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.
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