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August 10, 2016
I’m looking out the window from the Scholastic office in New York City, and it is hard to believe that spring officially starts this week. Right now, it just looks like a snowy mess. However, to get in the spirit of green and growing things, I picked a few books this month that are a ton of fun and remind me of warmer times.
And Then It’s Spring written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin E. Stead. In this simply written, earnest tale, a young child learns about patience and hope while waiting for signs of spring. Like those in A Sick Day for Amos McGee, the illustrations are subtle but stunning. Stead’s use of muted colors and lots of brown makes the last spread, where the world turns green, truly magical.
Maple by Lori Nichols. Nichols is a talent to watch. In her debut picture book, she evokes the sweet comfort and innocence of childhood. The juxtaposition of Maple taking care of her tree and taking care of her little sister is touching and often amusing. The lush, leafy artwork will leave readers wanting more (which they can get, since she has more books on the way). Just lovely.
Here are two of my other favorites that are perfect to help little ones get though the snowy days while we all wait for spring.
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. Brilliant, surprising, and witty. Floyd got his shoe stuck in a tree, so obviously he needs to throw everything—including the kitchen sink—into the tree in order to get it back. Young audiences will delight in knowing more about problem-solving than Floyd, the comically clueless lead character.
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. A perpetual classroom favorite! A frustrated peddler adopts a monkey-see, monkey-do approach when his beloved caps go missing.
Every month, Scholastic Reading Club puts the best children’s books into the hands of kids all over the country. In the Editor’s Picks section of Firefly, you’ll find a selection of wonderful picture books that I recommend for parents and children to enjoy together. Check them out!
About the Author: Darcy Evans works on the Firefly and SeeSaw Reading Club catalogs. On a perfect day, you can catch her curled up with a book and a strong cup of tea or hiking in the mountains. She doesn’t recommend doing both at the same time unless you like scraped knees and stubbed toes.
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