You can tell Spring is in full force! The rain is steadily coming down almost daily. Of course, this means we have had tons of parents and teachers in asking us what books we recommend for Spring and rainy weather as they try to keep their little ones happy, taking advantage of the indoor hours together. Here are some of our favorites! What books would you add to our list?
Stormy Night by Salina Yoon
Rain! by Linda Ashman
Once Upon a Rainy Day by Edouard Manceau
Worm Weather by Jean Taft
Splish! Splash! by Josepha Sherman
Let It Rain by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle
Rainy Day! by Patricia Lakin
Puddle by Hyewon Yum
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
Spring is Here! by Heidi Pross Gray
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand
Who’s Awake in Springtime? by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
Everything Spring by Jill Esbaum
Mud by Mary Lyn Ray
My favorite new book of 2015 to read aloud is Bunnies!!! By Kevan Atteberry. An adorable monster says hello to a tree, the clouds and then there are Bunnies! The bunnies are frightened by monster’s enthusiasm and hop away. Reading this book to preschoolers is a hoot as they can recognize the energy of the monster and cry out “Bunnies!!!” at the proper time.
Introducing scientific concepts to preschoolers and early elementary age students can be challenging. Taking ideas and theories that many adults have a difficult time conceptualizing and making them understandable and relevant is no easy task. That is why I love the following scientific picture books. They talk about things that your kids are asking about, in way that is factual, entertaining, and easy to understand.
I was excited to read Jason Chin’s Gravity, and it didn’t disappoint. With beautiful, eye-catching illustrations and big, easy-to-read text, Gravity would be exceptional even if it weren’t also parlaying important information. Along with his outstanding Redwoods, Coral Reefs, and Island: A Story of the Galapagos, Chin has proven himself a master at combining beautiful illustrations, an engaging plot, and easy to understand science. Continue reading