A Spring Book Basket

Hello Spring! I know, not officially, but we’re close enough to call it – yes?

When I was growing up and until I had children, autumn was my favorite season. But now I look forward to spring like a caravan in the desert searching for the next oasis. The joy in the kids faces at the first daffodils and the sounds of a full creek are contagious. Probably my favorite early spring surprise is the hyacinth’s aroma. I cut them as soon as I can and bring them inside. The dainty size and feminine scent make me smile for days.

Our society glorifies busyness, but moving so fast through our days hampers reveling in a delightful illustration or whisper-reading until we giggle. New books in a book basket means adventurous afternoons and wonder filled minds. The children and I have been reading about quiet eggs, baby bunnies, fuzzy ducklings and the festivities of little mice. We’ve also incorporated into our spring book basket all of our favorite Easter books.

Spring Story – The mice of Brambly Hedge keep themselves very busy, and in the spring, there is opportunity for celebration and, of course, a great feast. We love the delicate paintings and rich language of this little book collection (one for each season)!

I Am a Bunny – Is A Golden Book, and such a classic! Nicholas bunny introduces himself and takes us through the simple and colorful adventures of his days throughout the seasons of the year.

Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present – Tells the story of a little girl in search for the absolutely perfect present for her mother’s birthday. She asks the very clever Mr. Rabbit for assistance. Even the youngest readers will enjoy!

First Delights: A Book About the Five Senses – We love all Tasha Tudor Books! In this story, Sally lives on a farm, and she experiences the things that happen in the year’s turning through seeing, smelling, hearing, touching and tasting. The vintage illustrations and details are darling!

A Time To Keep – This is another Tasha Tudor book. This book is a collection of delightful monthly events that give rhythm to the year. You’ll want to pull this book out many times throughout the year. It’s a charm! The Welsh Corgi on every page will keep the children engaged!

Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic – Written in little rhymes, this book is perfect for early readers because they discover the acrostic, and that each page begins with a letter of the alphabet. We have the book for each of the seasons, and everyone enjoys the very colorful illustrations.

Home For A Bunny – is also A Golden Book. A delightful book with happy pictures that tells the coming of spring with wonder and joy.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Is the most popular of all the little books in the Beatrix Potter series. All of them are worth owning for their rich vocabulary and lovely art. Little Peter is one of the siblings in a sweet bunny family and gets into some mischief. Even adults delight in reading this little treasure!

The Golden Egg Book – Yet another classic from Golden Books. We love all Margaret Wise Brown books! A little baby bunny finds an egg and ends up making a friend. The beautiful classic illustrations will draw even the youngest toddlers.

The Egg is Quiet – The poetry and nature inspired book introduces the children to more than 60 types of eggs and many egg facts. This book will fill the children with the wonder and beauty of God’s creation through the egg and the new life that they represent.

The Easter Egg– Is written and illustrated by Jan Brett, and all of her books are favorites at our house! In this story, the rabbits decorate eggs for a competition, but Hoppi can’t decide what kind of egg to make. He goes into the woods, and this lovely bunny hero’s plans take a most unexpected turn.

On that Easter Morning – Is a wonderful retelling of the Easter story beginning with Jesus’ glorious arrival in Jerusalem. The book teaches the sequence of events of the week of Jesus’ crucifixion and brings the joy of His resurrection. It is a helpful book in understanding the week of Easter.

The Story of Easter – This book explains how and why people have certain Easter traditions all over the world. It begins by telling the biblical accounts of Jesus’ ministry, death, and resurrection, and then it explains hot cross buns, new dresses, egg decorating and other traditions associated with the celebration of Easter. The book includes a couple recipes for these classic traditions at the end!

Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs – Is a sweet tale of the treasures Benjamin is collecting. When Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, Benjamin decides to follow him and find out who he really is. Each page can be read as a little daily devotional as we approach the Easter season, and it includes a Scripture reference of a short section relating to story of the day. It culminates with a very clear gospel call to salvation. “Jesus said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change an become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.'” (Matthew 18:2-5)

I’m always looking for new titles to add to our springtime collection. What are your loved seasonal books?

with love. Damaris

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