In celebration of the spring equinox this year, I am sharing three picture books that feature flowers and trees! Happy Spring, everyone!
Max’s Magic Seeds
Words by Geraldine Elschner
Pictures by Jean-Pierre Corderoch
Published by Minedition (Penguin Young Readers Group, 2007)
For his birthday, Max receives a sack of flower seeds from Uncle Bill. The sack was full of seeds of different shapes and sizes. Uncle Bill asks Max to keep the seeds their secret. He also instructs Max to fill his pockets with seeds and scatter them along on his way to school. When his town wins a contest, Max was called in for a surprise. What could it be?
In this picture book by children’s writer, Geraldine Elschner, a young boy transforms his town by planting beautiful flowers like marigolds and buttercups. It’s a good example of how small actions have ripple effects and the difference they make in people’s lives.
#ReadIntl2020 (France | Translated by Charise Myngheer)
On the Other Side of the Garden
Words by Jairo Buitrago
Pictures by Rafael Yockteng
Published by Groundwood Books (2018)
A young girl is sent to live with her grandmother. The girl is lonely; she thinks about the city where her friends live but are so far away now. She wishes for the day that her Dad picks her up. At night, the girl realizes that she is not alone. An owl, a frog, and a mouse take the girl for an outdoor nighttime adventure.
This beautiful, nearly monochromatic picture book celebrates nature, friendship, and family. This book reminds readers that sometimes it’s worth taking a leap into the unknown and welcome others into our hearts.
#ReadIntl2020 (Mexico | Translated by Elisa Amado)
A Walk in the Forest
Words and pictures by Maria Dek
Published by Princeton Architectural Press (2017)
In this book, a young boy explores the forest. Many wonders await him: from countless of trees to animals all around. There are footprints to follow and treasures to find. If he is patient enough, he might see a fox.
A Walk in the Forest portrays the forest as both beautiful and scary, where things could be big or small. This picture book with sparse text and bold illustrations is a great pick for nature lovers.