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Ten Books for Spring

Count down to spring with an animal counting book, help a mother duck find her mischievous missing duckling, or learn how to plant a butterfly garden -- it's all in this list of recommended books for children ages 0-9.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Charlie Needs a Cloak

By: Tomie dePaola
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Charlie's sheep keep nibbling on his cloak, and now it's all tattered and torn. So, he shears his sheep, cards and spins the wool, weaves and dyes the cloth, and sews a beautiful new red cloak to keep him warm when winter comes.

Countdown to Spring! An Animal Counting Book

By: Janet Schulman, Meilo So
Illustrated by: Meilo So
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Soft illustrations complement the rhythmic text in this gentle woodland countdown to spring.

Emeline at the Circus

By: Marjorie Priceman
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

For Ms. Splinter, the second grade field trip to the circus provides a chance for serious learning. Not so for inquisitive, bold Emeline who explores the circus in unforgettable ways to the delight of the other students and to her teacher's horror. Humor abounds, and watercolor and line illustrations complement the understated, surprisingly informative text.

Frog and Toad All Year

By: Arnold Lobel
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

For fans of these famous amphibians, this story continues Frog and Toad's saga and gives a glimpse of what the two friends are up to all year long. They frolic together over four seasons, with a story for each, plus one for Christmas. Glide down the snow-covered hill with Toad, hunt for spring with Frog, and discover just who is hiding under all that melted chocolate ice cream.

Have You Seen My Duckling?

By: Nancy Tafuri
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Nancy Tafuri's mother duck needs help to find her mischievous missing duckling in this board book edition of the Caldecott Honor Book.

Mud Flat April Fool

By: James Stevenson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Something peculiar is going on in the village of Mud Flat today. Mr. Duffy has disappeared in a puff of green smoke, and Brian woke up with his head on backward. Doris is greeted by a singing tree, and poor Lila sniffs a rose that promptly squirts her in the eye. What is this strange brand of spring fever?

Mud Flat Spring

By: James Stevenson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The animal residents of Mud Flat find Spring both beautiful and surprising.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

By: Candace Fleming
Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Try as he might, Mr. McGreely cannot outwit three clever and hungry rabbits as they feast on his vegetable garden — muncha, muncha, muncha! But there's always something to be grateful for as both the gardener and the rabbits learn in this funny, alliterative tale.

Olivia Saves the Circus

By: Ian Falconer
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Olivia remembers her trip to the circus very well. The performers were out sick, so she had to do everything. Step into the ring with Olivia, where the lights are dim, the color soft, and a little girl's imagination is the main attraction.

Waiting for Wings

By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat — and how? With a simple, rhyming text and glorious color-drenched collage, Lois Ehlert provides clear answers to these and other questions as she follows the life cycle of four common butterflies. Complete with flower facts and identification tips, as well as a guide to planting a butterfly garden, this butterfly book is like no other.

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