Spring is just around the corner, and although this winter has been incredibly mild (compared to last year’s over-the-top snow), the promise of flowers and budding trees and spring books is in the air. If you’re planning your spring reading list, here are two new picture books guaranteed to make your shelves bloom…
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
Kevin Henkes has given us another perfect picture book – this time a collaboration with his wife, illustrator Laura Dronzek. When Spring Comes continues Henkes’ focus on “Waiting,” the title of his Caldecott Honor-winning book. In his new book, the signs of spring are everywhere: “Before Spring comes, the grass is brown. But if you wait, Spring will turn it green and add little flowers.”
Each two page spread features the “before” (the brown grass) and the “after” (the green and flowers of May). Eggs become birds. Seeds sprout. And, of course, there’s rain. It’s a lovely book about the joy of spring. The endpapers add to the story. At the front, the pictures are of spring things:
And at the back, symbols of the season that follows spring – summer!
The Night Gardener by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
This happens a few times every year. I order a book and then, after receiving it, I buy a personal copy to keep. The Night Gardener is one of those books. The Grimloch Orphanage, as you might guess from the dreary sounding name, is not a pleasant place. But one night, a young orphan named Williams sees something magical – an owl has emerged from the foliage of one of the trees. Each night after that, another magical topiary creation appears and ultimately, as the town becomes both literally and figuratively “brighter,” the topiary torch is passed to William.
Over time, the leaves fall and the trees are bare – but the town will never be the same. The Night Gardener is an absolutely stunning book. A true breath taker-awayer….
From the Department of Other Fun Things:
Last week, we welcomed Margy Burns Knight, the author of Talking Walls, to Inly. Each year we select a theme for a school-wide learning fair and the students study, create, and perform around our topic – culminating in a day-long extravaganza. This year’s theme was walls and our “anchor book” was Knight’s Talking Walls, a book that takes readers on a tour of walls around the world – walls that celebrate, divide, and memorialize. Our students made some amazing things: graffiti walls about kindness, a belief wall, and naturally, a Great Wall.
I really want to go to Brooklyn and have one of these colorful bagels. Such a cheery way to begin the day! My picture is from a recent edition of Time, which I looked at in my dentist’s office. (Probably not the kind of snack he would recommend!)
Finally…a new library update. Today was the first time I walked inside (but yet still outside) our new space. We even got to wear hard hats making the visit feel very official!