Channel Spring with Kevin Henkes’ EGG

BookendsLynn: In the winter, it is especially good to be a librarian! We have to look ahead and buy spring books, so they’ll be here when the crocuses pop and the first baby birds hatch. At the top of my spring picture books list this year? Eggby the masterful Kevin Henkes. Perhaps there is nobody better at creating perfect books for the youngest readers.

His newest is a special, small gem. It tells the story of three hatchlings who leave the nest, then return to assist an unhatched sibling. But when something quite different than a bird emerges from the egg they’ve been nurturing, they fly away in fear—only to return for a sweet ending.

Egg by Kevin HenkesHenkes uses only a few words, but coupled with his exquisite illustrations, they speak volumes. Although it seems simple at first glance, the book provides a wealth of things to think and talk about, like waiting, difference, friendship and trust, nature, imagination, and of course, eggs. Welcome spring with this enchanting book.

Cindy: I can’t look at the cover of Egg without thinking of pastel Easter eggs. This book is sure to end up in a lot of Easter baskets this spring. Inside, drawings within square panels labeled with a single word bring to mind vintage vocabulary flash cards. Other pages are divided into four equal squares, others into sixteen, and the final panels contain 64 multicolored pastel squares each. Let the counting and fraction practice begin—just don’t miss the emotions contained therein. Crack open this newly hatched 2017 title—it’s egg-xactly what you need to usher in spring.

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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