Books in Bloom

 The books listed below are ones that I enjoy reading each spring. My favorite book on this list is Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. This story is about a little girl named Alice, who becomes Miss Rumphius, or  a.k.a. "the lupine lady." Her goal for herself and others is to make the world a more beautiful place. This classic picture book offers charming illustrations and a meaningful message for everyone.  

"He who plants a garden plants happiness." - Chinese proverb
 

Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

Helped by her father, a young girl prepares a flower garden as a birthday surprise for her mother.
The Wind's Garden by Bethany Roberts
 
The wind and a child plant two very different gardens.
 
Zinnias Flower Garden  by Monica Wellington.
 
Zinnia plants a garden, eagerly waits for the plants to grow, sells the beautiful flowers, then gathers seeds to plant the following year.
Bob and Otto by Robert O. Bruel
Otto the worm is shocked to discover that his best friend Bob is actually a caterpillar who emerges one day as a butterfly.
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful--and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.
Note: This book is also available in Spanish,  La Señorita Runfio, texto e ilustraciones de Barbara Cooney
Discover plants and animals found in the garden.

Non-fiction

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston
Introduces readers to more than 60 types of eggs and an array of egg facts.
 
A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston
The beautiful watercolor illustrations provide an informative introductions to seeds.
 
Craft: Coffee Filter Flowers

 

Last week I covered Ms Susan's Toddler time, and it was fun seeing many friends who started in my babytime.  I hope that everyone had as much fun and I did. After storytime, toddlers made spring flowers with coffee filters. If you missed storytime, this is a simple craft that families can make at home for little or no cost.

Art projects offer a wonderful opportunity for children to use their imaginations and practice basic skills like gluing. It's ok if your child's artwork does not look like a "flower," for the process is more important than the end product. After the child has completed their work ask them to tell you about their drawing.  I am often amazed at how detailed their response is.

 Supplies: 

  •  Construction paper
  • Coffee filters
  • Glue
  • Crayons and/or markers

 Cut out shapes for stems, grass and leaves, and let them have fun.