Our Springtime Library Haul

So my goal was to post about our fun library finds once each month, but with baby on the way, that has proved a bit more difficult than once imagined!

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Instead, I’m settling for a library-find post once or twice each season. ūüôā

Here are some of the fabulous children’s picture books we snagged today – all perfect for springtime. ‚̧

Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco

An Easter staple, perhaps, this book is perfect for read alouds and book-and-craft days with kids. The beautiful illustrations definitely enhance the wonderful wording.

Picnic by John Burningham

This is such a great “read with me”¬†type of book. It has easy to read words, shorter sentence structure, fabulous pictures, and even some fun “seek and find” directions every few pages.

Milo and Millie by Jedda Robaard

We found this one on the¬†rotating state library shelf, and it’s so¬†cute! The sweet and adventurous story of a boy and his bear is easy to read, has simple but beautiful illustrations,¬†and ends with a clever how-to for a paper boat craft. ‚̧

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp 

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This book is gold. Everyone in our family loves it! Madeline has trouble reading at school, and in front of others. With the help of a gentle giant of a library dog named Bonnie, Madeline learns to persist and conquer! I can’t help but toss in a favorite quote…

“The words don’t sound right. But then I look at Bonnie, and she looks right into my eyes. She doesn’t giggle. I feel better. I try again.”

Smooch Your Pooch by Teddy Slater and Arthur Howard

Need a fun, silly and rhyming read for your wiggly dog-lovers? Smooch Your Pooch is perfect. We had fun comparing our pup to the silly canines in this book, and will likely giggle through it several times more before returning it!

The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart

This “mostly-picture” book tells a wonderful tale of a quiet monk charged with working as a scribe in an abbey who befriends a cat. The monk and the cat share not only a room, but also the task of¬†hunting – the cat for mice, and the monk for meaning in his manuscripts. The illustrations and simple language are perfect for little listeners.

I also try to choose one or two adult or “older kid” picks, just for¬†fun and variety!

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Born to Be Wild by Hattie Garlick

The subtitle here is “Hundreds of Free Nature Activities for Families.” Beautifully photographed, this thick idea book is full of fun, free, outdoor activities with a wide variety of educational targets. Some of my favorites¬†(just leafing through) were “Making a Blossom Crown” and “Building a Jam-Jar Wormery.” How fun!

Fiona’s Lace by Patricia Polacco

If you can’t tell, I’m a fan of this author. ūüôā And yes, there is a reason this picture book is on the “adult” end of the list this week. This is a book I’d never picked up or read before today, and I have to admit – it took me by surprise! It tells a vivid tale of an Irish family driven to Chicago by hardship. The little girl’s lace-making skills play a huge role in saving her family during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Even though our family has never experienced hardship quite like the Hughes family of this story, my story felt poignantly aligned. Though probably not suitable for preschoolers or small children, I highly recommend this read for older¬†kids and grown-ups looking for a short but meaningful read.

Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen

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I’m currently into¬†Rhys Bowen’s¬†Her Royal Spyness¬†series, so this is my just-for-relaxing-book. It’s set in springtime in England, so what’s not to love?

What are you reading this month – with your littles, and for yourself?

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