Vernal (Spring) Equinox

We’ve had some spring-like days recently, so we’re very excited to be celebrating the Spring Equinox with Exploring Nature With Children this week. I was able to grab some books about spring from the library before it closed today.

These are the spring books we love.

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Kenard Park – We love this whole series for starting a conversation when the seasons change. In this one, you follow along as a boy and his dog walk through the countryside saying goodbye to winter, and greeting signs of spring.

Handsprings by Douglas Florian – Poems about a variety of spring topics all written in a playful tone alongside Florian’s distinctive watercolor paintings. He has a book for each season which we have been enjoying this year.

A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox by Wendy Pfeffer & Linda Bleck – Pfeffer & Bleck have a series of books about the equinoxes and solstices which we have not delved into yet. However, with us being stuck at home for the near future, I am going to try this one out for spring. A New Beginning goes into the history of the Spring Equinox, how past civilizations celebrated, as well as changes that begin to take place in nature around the equinox.

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes & Laura Dronzek – A great book for the youngest nature explorers. Dronzek’s beautiful paintings come alive alongside Henke’s simple, repetitive, yet informative text. The book begins in winter when trees are bare and snowmen are standing, yet quickly turns to blossoms, bubbles, rain, and puddles. Henke’s use of alliteration is fun for toddlers learning to play with language.

Everything Spring by Jill Esbaum – Large, stunning photographs are paired with descriptive sentences to help start a conversation about the changes that take place in the spring.

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano & Erin E. Stead – A boy and his dog, sick of winter and brown, plant seeds on a patch of bare earth. They wait, watch, wish for rain, and check on their seeds week after week. Various critters visit the garden before finally, one day they head outside to find green.

What are your favorite spring books? How are you celebrating the Spring Equinox?

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