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March 25, 2024

🌸 5 Teacher Recommended Books to Welcome Spring 🌸

Peace out winter, hello spring!

I love spring as it brings with it a sense of renewal and growth. It is a
perfect time for educators to refresh their teaching practices and inspire their students in the home-stretch of the school year.

One great way to to infuse your classroom with the spirit of spring is by carefully selecting books that can serve as your guiding light. Check out this list of essential spring reads for educators!

"Miss Rumphius" by Barbara Cooney (Prek-2nd):

  1. A timeless classic, "Miss Rumphius" tells the story of Alice, who sets out to make the world more beautiful. Through vibrant illustrations and poignant storytelling, Barbara Cooney's masterpiece inspires educators and students alike to embrace the transformative power of kindness and stewardship—a perfect theme for springtime reflection.

  1. "Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt" by Kate Messner (Author) and Christopher Silas Neal (Illustrator) (Prek-K):

  1. Delve into the intricate world of gardening with this captivating picture book. "Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt" takes readers on a journey beneath the soil and above the ground, exploring the interconnectedness of life in a garden throughout the seasons. Educators can use this book to spark discussions on ecosystems, life cycles, and the importance of environmental stewardship.

  1. Celebrate the legacy of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson with this inspiring biography. "Spring After Spring" chronicles Carson's journey from a nature-loving child to a groundbreaking scientist and author whose work catalyzed the modern environmental movement. Educators can use this book to introduce students to the power of curiosity, advocacy, and the impact of one person's dedication to protecting the planet.

  1. "The Curious Garden" by Peter Brown (Prek-1st):

  1. Immerse your students in the enchanting world of "The Curious Garden," where a lone gardener transforms a dreary cityscape into a thriving urban oasis. Peter Brown's whimsical tale celebrates the joy of discovery, community collaboration, and the transformative potential of nature. Educators can ignite students' imagination and curiosity by exploring themes of urban greening, biodiversity, and sustainability.

  1. "Planting a Rainbow" by Lois Ehlert (PreK-K):

  1. Bursting with vibrant colors and lyrical prose, "Planting a Rainbow" is a delightful exploration of the gardening process from seed to bloom. Lois Ehlert's enchanting illustrations and simple text provide educators with a valuable resource for teaching young learners about plant life cycles, color identification, and the joys of gardening.

For more books to celebrate spring check out this list from We are Teachers or PBS Kids!

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