Spring is in the air {books for kids}

Welcome to Spring!  I absolutely adore spring here in the desert — it is quite perfect.  We are outside all day enjoying the weather before summer swoops in and boils us with its 120 degree heat!  It is a great season to really experience nature.  Instilling love and respect for the Earth in our children is so top priority, hey Earth Day is just around the corner.  It’s also time to introduce some new books into the bedtime routine focused on our wonderful planet, spending time outdoors and bunnies of course.  Here are a few great springtime reads, sent for review.

Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward

Mama Built a Little Nest is an exceptional book that mixes playful rhyme and educational info to teach everything there is to know about birds nests.  One page has a nice 4-line rhyme about a certain type of nest and the other page goes further in depth… quite brilliant really as two age brackets will love this one.  The illustrations by Steve Jenkins, a Caldecott Honoree, are stunning and pair well with the writing.  Great for grades preschool – 3rd.

mama built a little nest review

Mama built a little nest
inside a sturdy trunk.
She used her beak to tap-tap-tap
the perfect place to bunk.

mama built a little nest review

The Simples Love A Picnic by J.C. Phillipps

The Simples Love a Picnic is a lovely book about the joys (and woes) of picnics.  It is visually bright and playful, very attractive for young kids.  The storyline is super funny and my daughter cracks up the whole time — the good-natured yet mischievous kids, the trials of the outdoors… this read is a hoot.  In the end, the book is about the importance of family, not the location.  Great for grades preschool – 3.

the siimples love a picnic review

Two Bunny Buddies by Kathryn O. Galbraith

Two Bunny Buddies is story about friendship that I think we can all relate to.  With our closest friends (and family) we have arguments, but when it comes time to enjoy life we want those we love with us.  Sharing and caring, this is a sweet book with a simple yet important message.  Life is always better with a buddy to share it with.  This is a great book for early readers.

Two Bunny Buddies review

Tiny Rabbit’s Big Wish by Margarita Engle

Newbery Honor winner Margarita Engle is back with Tiny Rabbit’s Big Wish, an adorable story about Tiny rabbit who dreams of growing big.  He is envious of the enormous mountains, trees and other beasts of the jungle, wishing and wishing to be just the same large size.  Soon he discovers that he too has large talents and being tiny might not be so bad.  Gorgeous illustrations from David Walker compliment the stylized writing of the author, a Cuban-American poet and novelist.  Great for grades preschool -3.

tiny rabbit's big wish review

Copies were provided by publishers to facilitate this review.

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