Tag: seasons

Rain, Rain, Come Again! Two Picture Books Celebrating the Pleasures of a Good Soaking

Rain, Rain, Come Again! Two Picture Books Celebrating the Pleasures of a Good Soaking

Cindy: No one likes a rainy day more than a young child who gets to splash in a puddle . . . or two. We have two books for young children that celebrate the pleasures of a good soaking. Even if you’re not eager to get wet, you can read these to a young rain […]

Two Picture Books Celebrate Spring

Two Picture Books Celebrate Spring

Lynn: It’s hard to get very far from water here in West Michigan! Ponds, lakes big and small, rivers, and creeks are everywhere—and that means ducks and geese are ubiquitous. One sure sign of spring is the sight of duck couples waddling around the neighborhood, looking for the perfect place to make a nest. They […]

Three Picture Books for the Birds

Three Picture Books for the Birds

Cindy: More snow. It’s for the birds, but at least it’s given me the opportunity to sneak in another snowy book as we look toward spring. Best in Snow (2017), by April Pulley Sayre, contains stunning photos of snowflakes and icicles. Various other forms of snow—from crusty to slushy—show the cycles of changing winter weather. Birds […]

Preparing for Snow with Picture Books, Part Two

Preparing for Snow with Picture Books, Part Two

Cindy and Lynn: Light the fire and heat up the hot chocolate: Here’s Part Two of our list of picture books post that will help you get ready for the snow. Two award-winners, the poet Joyce Sidman and the illustrator Beth Krommes, have teamed up to give us Before Morning (2016), a gorgeous ode to a snowy […]

Preparing for Snow with Picture Books

Preparing for Snow with Picture Books

Lynn and Cindy: We’re having a lovely warm fall here this year, but our Michigan weathermen are forecasting LOTS of snow this winter. We know it’s never too early to start preparing. High on our list? Making sure we’ve got piles of great snow-related picture books to read when the first flakes start falling! Here […]

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: A Poetry Book You’ll Want to Own

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: A Poetry Book You’ll Want to Own

Cindy: Yes, of course you need another seasonal poetry collection in your classroom, library, or home, especially when that collection is as special as Julie Fogliano’s When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons (2016). Recently, we raved about Firefly July, and I always keep Trina Schart Hyman’s illustrated version of A Child’s Calendar (1999) by John Updike at the […]

Getting the Gardening Bug: Young Readers Will Dig These New Books

Getting the Gardening Bug: Young Readers Will Dig These New Books

Cindy: In the cold north we are finally shedding coats and seeing the first sprouts of spring. The flowering trees are stunning this week and gardeners are itching to get to their beds—and not the ones in which they’ve been slumbering all winter! Young children may not enjoy weeding, but many are certainly eager to […]

Some Bears Just Want to Be Left Alone – Others Can’t Bear It!

Some Bears Just Want to Be Left Alone – Others Can’t Bear It!

Cindy: The season of hibernation is nearing an end, but March roared into Michigan like the proverbial lion and an unexpected snow day has me digging into this blog post for Ciara Gavin’s picture book, Bear is Not Tired (2016). We last saw Bear and his duck friends in Room for Bear, so we know that bear […]

More Winter or Less? Picture Books for Groundhog’s Day

More Winter or Less? Picture Books for Groundhog’s Day

Lynn: Funny how things change! The last two years have brought record-breaking winters here in Michigan and all that we snowbound people wanted last year was an early spring. As I write this year, it’s 45 degrees with dense fog and misty rain. Ugh—I think I prefer snow! Will the groundhog help me out? That question […]

Two Picture Books That Will Help You Get over Your Fear of the S-Word

Two Picture Books That Will Help You Get over Your Fear of the S-Word

Lynn and Cindy: It was 60 degrees this morning in late November but the s-word is finally in the forecast. Don’t get me wrong, after the last two record-breaking snowy winters, we’re not anxious for the white stuff to start falling. But there is something undeniably magical about the first few snows even here in lake-effect […]