Spring's Sprung with Books for the Season
Young Science Books
Posted: 2013-06-13 17:14:20 By:




2013 Award
Maisy Grows a Garden
(Candlewick $14.99 Score: )

As always, Maisy's pop-up action is simply splendid as the illustrations trace the steps in making a garden. Pull the tab and see Maisy dig the ground and discover the worm below! Pull the next tab and Maisy plants the seeds in a row. Pull again and Maisy is watering the plants. Turn and pull to see the seedlings pop up! Pull up and help Maisy tug the weeds out of the garden. At last, there is a crop to pick and finally on the last page some beautiful sunflowers that open. Young science for the youngest lapsitter. 2 1/2 & up

For follow up fun, try planting some seeds indoors that can be moved outside when the ground gets warm. Or try making an avacado pit or seeds from an orange sprout on the windowsill.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.




2013 Award
Lois Ehlerts's Growing Garden
(HMH $14.99 Score: )

For the growing season this set of three handsome picture books may well inspire a new crop of young gardeners. These are all reissued in a smaller paperback format that retains the artful look of the originals. Eating the Alphabet is an alphabet book of fruits and veggies. Growing Vegetable Soup is a treasure of artful veggies with a recipe for making soup. Planting a Rainbow is a color concept book with more than 20 different kinds of flowers. The gift package comes with a poster to hang in the kitchen or a child's room.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.




2013 Award
It's a Firefly Night
(by Dianne Ochiltree/ illus. Betsy Snyder, Blue Apple $12.99 Score: )

A young science book that recalls a night of catching, observing and then freeing fireflies. Told in verse, this little story will be familiar to kids who have enjoyed the magic of capturing the blinking lights of firefly night. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.




2013 Award
It's Raining, It's Pouring Book & CD
(performed by Peter, Paul and Mary/ illus by Christ, Imagine $17.95 Score: )

Christine Davenier takes a good thing (the music, of course) and makes it even better. In an oversized picture book, the breezy illustrations bring new life to familiar nursery songs that are interspersed with the familiar, It's Raining, It's Pouring ditty that is repeated. And don't tell anyone, but there's a lot of whole lot of learning built-in as they count by fives as they follow the game the kids play of Hide and Seek. Preschol and Early School years.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.


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