After posting about having a designated holiday book basket, I received several requests for lists of great holiday titles. Today I’m sharing my top ten picture books for Spring (including St. Patrick’s Day and Easter). Having spent a lot of years both in the classroom and as a mom, these make my top ten list because they are sweet, meaningful, and actually enjoyable for both parent and child!
1. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
It does not get sweeter than this classic Caldecott winner.
2. I am a Bunny by Ole Risom, illustrated by Richard Scarry
This book is a major throwback to my childhood. We adore all things Richard Scarry in our family!
3. The Bunny Book by Patricia Scarry, illustrated by Richard Scarry
Again, the Scarry duo never disappoint. I particularly adore this book because it is all about the bunny growing up to love being a dad.
4. Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Garth Williams
The author of Goodnight Moon and the illustrator of Charlotte’s Web. Need I say more?!
5. Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola
You’ll hear a lot from me about Tomie dePaola. He is exceptional in his ability to weave stories from history in a way that makes children excited to read. I love having this book in our home because it gives our children a sense of the true origin of St. Patrick’s Day– beyond the fun traditions of leprechauns and Lucky Charms!
6. St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Jan Brett
A sweet story that gives a hint of Irish culture, by two of my very favorites in Children’s Lit.
7. Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco is a master story teller and I adore her work. This Russian tale is precious and beautiful.
8. The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
Jan Brett’s illustrations are second to none and this is such a dear story of an eager bunny and his care for new life.
9. Happy Easter, Little Critter by Mercer Mayer
Because, come ON, have you ever read a Little Critter book that you didn’t love?!
I am a huge fan of Karen Katz and her lift-a-flap books for littles. The illustrations are bright and relatable, and toddlers love the tactile particpation. Clara and I read this book over and over again and I don’t even want to pull my hair out!