Up here in Vermont we live for spring. I mean, really. We literally go berserk. If it is 40 degrees and sunny, people become uncorked. They run, barely clothed, through the streets. We sit on porches. Everyone is outside, doing something. Because for months and months, we’ve been inside, in the dark, huttled around our woodstoves.
Okay maybe I am exaggering just a wee bit. But spring is a really big deal here. It’s like we should be awarded a congressional medal of honor just for making it another winter. Right now, we’ve got mud galore, and patches of dirty snow in the yard. And cold, driving rain. So we read about spring.
My favorite new spring book is North Country Spring, by Reeve Lindbergh and Liz Sivertson. The paintings are beautiful, and it is a tribute to the waking up of everything, animals, plants and people.
Next up is Maple Sugaring Season by Anne Purmell and Jill Weber. It’s just about the end of the season, but this great book illustrates the human and natural landscape of maple syrup production in one family. Sweet, clean fun.
And the funky three dimensional seeming art of It’s Spring by Linda Glaser welcomes all the splishy, splashy joys of the season.
Sigh. Now I just have to wait for the spring peppers and wood frogs to come to our pond! (I think I am more excited for spring then my little girls). These books can help you drink it all up with your little ones, every little bit. Happy Spring!