6 picture books to put a SPRING in your reading

The sun is shining, the grass is growing, the birds are busy and the trees are full of blossom – to celebrate the arrival of Spring we’ve got six perfect springtime reads.

Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Gwen Millward

Bluebell Wood is bursting with the promise of Spring and magic. Whilst out walking two sisters find something very special – it’s much better than a newt or a frog, they find a bog baby! Small and blue with wings like a dragon, the girls decide to make him their secret: “I won’t tell if you won’t”. But the bog baby is a wild thing, and when he becomes poorly, the girls decide they must tell their mum. And she tells them the greatest lesson, if you really love something, you have to let it go. A tender tale with a strong moral lesson – the magical illustrations are sure to appeal to little imaginations.

Two Frogs by Chris Wormell

If, like us, you have a pond bursting with frogspawn at the moment then this is the book for you! Two frogs are sitting on a lily pad and one of them has a stick. The stick, he says, is to beat off the dog. But there is no dog- yet. So begin the trials of this hapless pair whose adventures build to a brilliant conclusion. The text is witty and the illustrations so full of character that you’ll find yourself laughing out loud.

Two Frogs by Chris Wormell illustrations

Illustrations from Two Frogs by Chris Wormell

A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies and Mark Hearld

A stunning book which combines Mark Hearld’s collaged illustrations and Nicola Davies’ lyrical words to great effect. It’s a book for all seasons really, but no matter what day of the year you’re sure to find something relevant – whether it’s the cherry blossom in the front garden, the frogs in the pond, the lambs in the fields or watching out for rainbows each page is a beautiful reminder of the natural world on our doorstep.

Lob by Linda Newbery, illustrated by Pam Smy

Aimed at older readers (7 – 9+), this is a tale of ‘garden magic’, of growing things and the scritching and scratching sounds of the earth. It is sure to inspire a deep love of nature and wonder at the world.

The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett

Hop along to Fibonacci’s Field and follow Lonely and Chalk Rabbit through a year as they try to cope with their fast expanding brood and handle a different seasonal challenge each month, from the cold of February to the wet of April and the heat of July. This extraordinary picture book is packed with gorgeous details and novelty elements including a baby rabbit record book, a carrot recipe book and a surprise pop-up ending.

Hooray For Hoppy by Tim Hopgood

When Hoppy the rabbit wakes up on the first day of spring, he discovers a world full of wonderful things! But after he’s sniffed the fresh air, listened to the singing birds and tasted the fresh green grass, he starts to feel a little lonely. And so he finds a way to wake up his friends so they can enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of spring all together. Bold and colourful illustrations make this a great book for introducing the senses as well as celebrating Spring in all its glory!

Lizzie Ryder

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