The Shapes Of Spring (Jill Howarth)

Hello, friends! Hope you all had a hoppy holiday weekend! Our book today is The Shapes Of Spring by Jill Howarth, the latest in her series of delightful, season-themed board books.

Spring has sprung, and with it all sorts of things to do! Egg hunts, gardening, flying kites, and generally just getting out to enjoy the warming weather. And as one little bunny does all these things with her fellow animal pals, there are plenty of shapes all around to spot! Circles can be cabbages and fruits in the garden, diamonds are kites and fresh green leaves, and of course all those oval-shaped eggs in the basket! Come along and help little bunny spot all the shapes of spring!

Adorable. Howarth’s early-learning books – which have previously featured letters, numbers, colors, etc. for different seasons and their holidays – are always a bright and colorful treat. And with spring as the subject, her classic storybook- inspired artwork sings with every hue of the rainbow, creating vivid scenes with endearing animal characters and, of course, plenty of shapes to spot. In fact, one of the notable aspects are how MANY shapes included in each spread: there are dozens in each scene, allowing for the board book to be a quick read or a lengthy seek-and-find, depending on what the reader is in the mood for. An egg hunt is included yet not specified as an Easter celebration, and otherwise no specific secular holidays are highlighted. JJ loved the little animals, and I loved encouraging her to find shapes both obvious and more hidden; it made for some great critical thinking. Another winner, and we loved it. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

Egg: A Chasing, Racing Egg Hunt (Jonathan Litton)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Egg: A Chasing, Racing Egg Hunt, written by Jonathan Litton and illustrated by Fhiona Galloway, a sweet Easter board book for little bookworms.

Using the colorful eggs themselves to frame a series of cutouts, the simple rhyming story follows a band of barnyard friends as they hunt for eggs around the farm. Once they’ve found every last one, they pile them together to celebrate… until a cracking sounds reveals a surprise inside!

Easy Easter fun. With large print text, gentle rhymes and a classic rhythm, as well as adorable, brightly colorful animals and environments, this is a great way for little ones to celebrate spring egg hunts. The cutouts add a nice feature visually, as well as providing an easy grip for little hands to turn pages. The length is about what you’d expect from a toddler board book, and JJ loved it! A great little Easter story for the littlest readers, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

Egg (Kevin Henkes)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Egg by Kevin Henkes, an adorable story of four little eggs and the surprises they hold inside.

Laid out in graphic-novel style, four colorful eggs sit, waiting to hatch. Soon, three of the eggs crack and open, revealing colorful baby birds. But the birds eventually notice that their fourth friend has yet to hatch. The birds attempt to help the egg along with some pecking, and soon enough they hear a telltale “crack”! But what’s inside the egg is not what they were expecting at all!

This was a simple, fun little book about eggs, patience, and friendship, and we had a lot of fun with it. It’s especially great for very young readers because the text is minimal and repetitive: by the third “peck-peck-peck” panel, JJ was tapping the book and “ek”-ing along with me. The spring-themed color scheme is bright, simple, and visually pleasing, and Henke’s illustrations are as sweet and charming as always. The length is just perfect for babies, and as you can tell from the photo, JJ absolutely loved it! This is an easy and fun springtime read, and we recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!

Fletcher And The Springtime Blossoms (Julia Rawlinson)

Hello everyone! Today, we read Fletcher And The Springtime Blossoms, written by Julia Rawlinson and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke. This is a wonderfully sweet story about a little fox and his world as it changes from winter to spring.

Fletcher is on his way to the orchard when he sees a flurry of white in the air. Realizing that winter might not be over yet, he rushes off to warn his friends of the coming snow so they can prepare. But when they return to the orchard for one more frolic in the flowers before the snows arrive, they find a wonderful surprise!

This book was so unbelievably cute. The paintbrush-style art is adorable and enchanting in turns, and the story is charming (plus, I’m a sucker for any book with a lovable fox). The length was good (on the side of long) for a one year old, but JJ really enjoyed it all the way through, so I think most baby bookworms could handle it, and older readers definitely could. Overall, a great book about friends and spring, and Baby Bookworm approved!

And Then It’s Spring (Julie Fogliano)

Summer Reading Day 71: Hello! Today, we read And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, with illustrations by Erin E. Stead. Based on the cover, one might assume that the book is about Spring, and to some extent it is, but it’s actually more about growing plants. In it, a little boy plants seeds in his garden at the end of winter, then struggles with the anticipation of waiting for his plants to grow and for the world to become green again.

This is a very cute story, and incredibly fun to read. The narration is fun and playful, and it really captures the nervous impatience that every gardener faces waiting for the fruits of their labors to appear, as well as the joy of growing living things; JJ’s daddy, the master gardener of our family, loved listening to the story with us. The illustrations are sweet, simple and charming, and the length is just right for a Baby Bookworm. We absolutely recommend this one, especially for little gardeners.