Now that we have the Spring Equinox behind us, I thought it was time to share some of our favourite kids book to welcome in the new season. So, clockwise, starting from the top:
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle – A popular classic, but I just had to include it. When our elder son was born, we ended up with five or six copies of this, in two languages, because everyone wanted to gift their favourite kids book! I’m not even sure it’s set in Spring, but the much loved story of growth from caterpillar to butterfly just reminds me of this time of year.
- Brambly Hedge Spring Story, by Jill Barklem – A much loved favourite from my childhood, I always revisit the Brambly Hedge books at the start of a new season. In ‘Spring Story’, Wilfred celebrates his birthday, and the rest of the Brambly Hedge crew come together to throw him a surprise party.
- How do flowers grow? from Usborne books – Another book about growth, this time of the botanical kind. It’s non-fiction rather than a story book, but it has over 40 flaps to lift and discover and my 2 year old absolutely loves it! It touches on the other seasons too, but overall very much has a Spring ‘feel’ to it,
- Rosie Plants a Radish, by Kate Petty & Axel Scheffler – Another lift-the-flap book about growing things, but it’s so cute I just had to include it! Sadly, it seems to be out of print in both English and German – I picked up this copy at a book sale. But if you spot it anywhere, or can get your hands on a copy through a third party seller, go for it!
- Mein kleiner Garten (Engl: ‘My Little Garden’), by Katrin Wiehle – And, finally, a title not available in English, but it has very little text so lack of German should not be a hurdle, a translation app will quickly tell you what you need to know. This board book for the very little ones comes in a matt finish and is printed on 100% recycled paper, printed with organic ink. The illustrations are absolutely adorable, and I’m a little bit sad my youngest has now outgrown it.
Do you have any favourite children’s books about Spring? Please feel free to share them in the comments below.
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