The first story, Old Bear, by Kevin Henkes is a sweet tale about hibernation, and dreaming of seasons come and gone. My Bug loves both of these books (we own Kitten's First Full Moon) for its basic yet beautiful illustrations, and lovely story about a kindly old animal. Very sweet to set your little one off to sleep with.
This is our second time checking out Cynthia Rylant's All In A Day, where the illustrations are beautiful and the thoughtful story is full of hopes and dreams. This is also a great story to read in waiting for Spring to arrive with its wonderful spring & summer activities filling up every single page. This story is a very slow paced rhyme about a boy who fills his day with the most life he can.
You should know I have a thing for Asian inspired/written books & illustrations. I just love the simplicity and beauty through the use of texture I seem to always find in them. Where is Spring by Yang-Huan is no different. A very sweet story about a boy looking for Spring by sending his kite up into the air to find it. The kite travels through every nook and cranny of his town, from bustling streets to quiet alleys, and suddenly the boy finds it's been surrounding him this whole time. Love it.
The Bug just loves this simple story, Night Lights, by Susan Gal, told through pictures and words ending in -light. Through lantern light, candlelight, lightning!, and finally, starlight, this sweet story with many different textures throughout the illustrations (knits, crayon, fabric, etc.) shows us just how many ways we can let light and adventure in our homes in the Spring and Summer seasons.
Three favorites that I couldn't find pictures of are:
*Where Is It? by Tana Hoban (author of very popular board book, Black & White) is a wonderfully 70's black and white picture book about a rabbit looking for a very special treat!
*Wake up, Little Children: A Rise-and-Shine Rhyme by Jim Aylesworth was probably Lukka's favorite out of all of them. The Bug loves rhyming books, and this was a cozy little story about all of the adventures that await children once they wake up in Spring. Meadows to roam, hills to roll down, animals to spy, and trees to climb just to name a few.
*Summer Wonders by Bob Raczka is a new book that is a simple storybook about all of the types of activities children and adults do in the summer! For example, a full rhyme reads, "Divers, Swimmers, Flat-Rock Skimmers" over 4 pages.
What are you reading with your children or for yourself in anticipation of the wonderful season of Spring?