And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, Ill. by Erin E. Stead

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, Ill. by Erin E. Stead

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Publishing: Roaring Book Press, New York, 2012

Awards: 2013 ALA Notable Children’s Book

Description: A little boy and his dog are tired of the brown ground after the snow melts and so they plant a garden. They wait, and wait, and wait some more until finally the ground is no longer brown, but a lovely shade of green.

Programming: This would be the perfect activity to read in the spring time. Students could start their own seedlings, or perhaps you could start a class garden. My elementary school had a garden behind it and each class had a plot. This would have been perfect for tending that plot in the spring time!

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Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

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Publishing: Roaring Book Press, New York, 2012

Description: Bear is getting sleepy, but before he goes into hibernation, he has a story to tell. Only, he cannot find anyone to tell it to. The illustrations of this text resemble Erin Stead’s typical style (which I love!), with soft colors and pencil lines.

Programming: This would be a good book for sharing with students about animals preparing for the winter. What do people do to prepare for the winter? A matching sheet with animals and their preparations might be a good way to drive this point home.

Note: This husband and wife duo is also responsible for Caldecott Medal winner, A Sick Day for Amos McGee.