Forget spring cleaning, we’ll be spring reading this season! As Spring approaches after one chilly winter, here are ten of our favourite reads, new and old, to read with your littles and brighten up your September days.
Flower Power Labradors by Allison Langton
Flower Power Labradors!
Come with me to shake their paws.
Black and golden, chocolate brown
Each one has a flower crown.
These adorable pups spread happiness and joy everywhere they go with the magic of flower power!
Join them on a day filled with play, songs, cuddles, parties, baths and sneaking bites of pie. And don’t forget your flower crown!
Jacaranda Magic by Dannika Patterson
Five friends are feeling bored on a hot sticky day. Just when they think they’ll never find anything fun to play, a simple gust of wind changes everything . . .
Jacaranda Magic is a unique rhyming picture book that celebrates imaginative play and highlights the value of boredom and nature in inspiring creativity.
The Secret Sky Garden by Linda Sarah and Fiona Lumbers
Funni loves the old, disusedc ar park, and spends a lot of time there flying her kite and playing her recorder. But something is missing. Definitely. So Funni decides to create a garden in the neglected space and after weeks of careful nurture, her garden in the sky takes shape. One day, a little boy, Zoo, spots the square of colour amongst the grey from an incoming flight, and decides to try to find it. And slowly, not only do Funni’s flowers bloom, but a very special friendship blossoms too.
I am a Warrior Goddess by Jennifer Adams
The illustrated tale of a small girl with big dreams. You don’t have to be a grownup to be a hero! I Am a Warrior Goddess shows how in the empowering tale of a little girl with big aspirations. Through the clever play between illustration and text, readers see that each day is full of opportunities for little people to make a big impact with ordinary actions. As our heroine connects with the earth, takes care of her body, and finds strength in kindness, she discovers her inner warrior goddess and inspires young girls everywhere to do the same.
We Build our Homes by Laura Knowles and Chris Madden
It’s not only humans who can build incredible structures: around the world, mammals, birds, and insects can be found building incredible things. From biggest beaver dams to tinniest caddisfly cases, this beautifully illustrated picture book explores each one and uncovers the reasons why they built. Each spread looks at a different animal, told as though from their viewpoint and using poetic, evocative language. The amazing animal architects featured include bower birds and weaver birds, gophers and beavers, termites, honey bees, and many more.
Hello Honeybees by Hannah Rogge
Nature lovers will adore this ingenious board book that transforms into a stand-up beehive. Simply “fly” the two bee characters attached to ribbons through the beautifully illustrated pages to visit a garden, tour the beehive, and see how honey is made. Full of playful and informative touches, this book is a sweet introduction to the hardworking honeybee that will have young readers buzzing to learn more.
A Patch from Scratch by Megan Forward
An earthy, down-at-home picture book showing all budding greenies how to grow their own backyard feast. An engaging picture book showing through delightful illustrations and informed text, the joys of home-grown veggies and fruit.
Yoga for Littles by Lana Karsaros
Yoga for Littles brings yoga, meditation, and movement into the home for children and families in a fun and playful way. Each card is designed to be engaging and just challenging enough to create a healthy daily habit of mindfulness and calm. Not only do the cards teach yoga poses, they also develop discipline, focus, balance, and wellness for both parents and their littles. The deck includes 50 stand-alone cards, each featuring one pose with an illustrated child on the front and instructions on the back.
The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall
Youngsters can buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this timely, clever, and breathtakingly gorgeous picture book from critically acclaimed author Hall and award-winning illustrator Arsenault.
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons by Usborne
Listen to special arrangements of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons concerti for violin while exploring the changing seasons in this stunning book. Each beautifully illustrated scene shows a different season with fingertrails to explore and a button to press to listen to the music. A delightful way for children to discover Vivaldi’s much loved music.