I’m over winter. Really, really over it. I can imagine many of you are as well. And since today is the Vernal Equinox, I figured it was a perfect day to formally bid adieu to winter and say a very eager hello to warmer temps and longer days. So in this spirit, rather than simply wishing everyone a pleasant first day of Spring, I’ve gathered as many spring-y Brain Hive eBooks as I could for a special, equinox-focused edition of the Brain Hive Book Buzz.
What follows, then, is a collection of titles that approach the subject of spring from a wide assortment of angles – some traditional, some slightly less so. Enjoy these titles in your library or classroom as you and your students anticipate the arrival of warmer weather, or guide your students toward these eBooks as they head off for spring break. Either way, I hope these titles will help you celebrate spring in all its glory!
- Crafts to Make in the Spring – by Kathy Ross, illustrated by Vicky Enright (Millbrook Press) – Create crafts that reflect the newness, beauty, and comfort of the spring months.
- Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball – by John Coy, illustrated by Joe Morse (Carolrhoda Books) – For many of us, spring wouldn’t be spring without basketball. As you anxiously watch over your March Madness brackets, check out this tale of where this beloved sport came from.
- Feed – by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick) – Though not necessarily about spring, really, this powerful science fiction novel begins with a spring break trip (to the moon!) gone terribly wrong…
- Up, Up, and Away – by Ginger Wadsworth, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne (Charlesbridge) – Spring marks the beginning of a newborn spider’s year; follow a young garden spider as she finds her way to a safe home.
- Nature’s Paintbox: A Seasonal Gallery of Art and Verse – by Patricia Thomas, illustrated by Craig Orbach (Millbrook Press) – Bask in warmth and renewal as you immerse yourself in poetry and gorgeous art inspired by the changing seasons
- Spring Blossoms – by Carole Gerber, illustrated by Leslie Evans (Charlesbridge) – Blooming trees take center stage in this simple picture book that heralds the arrival of spring by cataloging seven different types of tree blossoms.
- Seven Wonders of the Sun and Other Stars – by Rosanna Hansen (Twenty-First Century Books) – In honor of the total solar eclipse that occurred today (unfortunately only visible in northern Europe), learn about some of what makes our celestial fixtures so impressive.
- Freddie Ramos Stomps the Snow – by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Miguel Benitez (Albert Whitman and Company) – In order to commiserate with our friends who still find themselves buried under snow on this first day of spring, read about how a young and spunky superhero stops a thieving troublemaker in his neighborhood during a spring blizzard.
- Far North – by Jan Reynolds (Lee & Low Books) – Learn about the spring customs of the Sami, a group of people living in the Arctic. Follow them as they welcome spring in a yearly reindeer roundup.
- The Bumblebee Queen – by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne (Charlesbridge) – Very near and dear to our hearts here at Brain Hive, the bumblebee leads a busy, busy life as she begins to build her colony in the spring.
- King for a Day – by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Christiane Kromer (Lee & Low Books) – Feel the excitement of the annual Pakistani spring kite-flying festival of Basant as Malik works to capture the most kites and become “King for a Day.”
- Demeter and Persephone: Spring Held Hostage – by Justine and Ron Fontes, illustrated by Steve Kurth and Barbara Schulz (Graphic Universe) – A dramatic graphic novel retelling of the myth of Persephone, the beautiful daughter of Demeter, whose half-year-long imprisonment by Hades brought about the cycle of the seasons.
- Three Across: The Great Transatlantic Air Race of 1927 – by Norman H. Finkelstein (Calkins Creek) – A thrilling retelling of the spring of 1927, when the world watched eagerly to see who would become the first pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
Hopefully this list provides you and your students with some stellar spring reading, either in school or over break. And remember, lots of other spring- and warm-weather-themed eBooks await you on Brain Hive! Come check ’em out!
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