Easter is on its way, and Spring is very much here, and it’s time for a seasonal update to your library! Here’s a list of ten amazing books that we think make for perfect spring-time reading!
1 | GRIMWOOD BY NADIA SHIREEN:
Fox cubs Nancy and Ted are on the run –the super scary street cat, Princess Buttons, is after them! Fleeing their home in the big city, the foxes discover Grimwood, a strange forest in the countryside. While befriending the creatures of their new hiding place and participating in its theatre production, Ted and Nancy seem to have found safety – but Princess Buttons will not let them get away so easily…
2 | THE WILDMEADOW HARE BY HOLLY WEBB:
When Ellie stumbles across an injured hare on her way home from school, she knows she has to do something to help. But caring for the hare reminds her of when she and her mother would watch hares play, and since losing her mum those are painful memories to look back on. As Ellie’s new friend begins to heal, so does her grief.
3 | SPRING FEVER AT SILVERSTREET FARM BY NICOLA DAVIES :
The arrival of Spring is no small matter at Silver Street Farm; it’s time for all the baby animals to be born! This Spring turns out to be an extra-special challenge when Flora is forced to leave and the responsibility of ALL the animals falls to the three children. At first, they think they have everything under control – that is, until, the Silver Street animals have other (very chaotic) plans!
4 | SPRING ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY BY BETTY G. BIRNEY :
Humphrey the hamster is especially excited for spring! As the pet of Ms Brisbane’s class at Longfellow School, he gets to be witness to the class’ circus themed Family Fun Night! When Humphrey begins to think of his own absent family, the community at Longfellow School help him to realise that family can come in all shapes and sizes!
5 | THE LOST WORDS BY ROBERT MACFARLANE AND JACKIE MORRIS:
More than ever, words such as Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn are disappearing from children’s vocabulary as children become less familiar with nature. Luckily, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’ beautiful, two-foot-tall book revives that love of all things wild, with this collection of spell-poems all about wildlife and the environment accompanied by fantastic illustrations.
6 | THE WILD WAY HOME BY SOPHIE KIRTLEY:
When Charlie’s new baby brother is born seriously ill, she has no idea what to do and how to deal with her feelings. One day Charlie runs from the hospital and into the deep, dark woods – only to find there is no way back out. When Charlie meets an injured boy dressed in deerskins, it becomes clear that she has been transported to the Stone Age, and so the quest to get home becomes all the more difficult…
7 | FLEDGLING BY LUCY HOPE:
After a thunderstorm hits the Bavarian forest, a mysterious, winged cherub is blown through Cassie Engel’s bedroom window... A cherub that brings with it a whole host of strange goings on and dark secrets. With an eccentric opera singer mother, a taxidermist father and a best friend with mysteries of his own – can Cassie uncover why the cherub arrived and the truth about her family’s past?
8 | THE SKY BENEATH THE STONE BY ALEX MULLARKY:
Ivy North doesn’t let her fear of going outside stop her from being an expert adventurer (from the safety of her imagination!). However, when her little brother is turned into a Kestrel, it’s up to Ivy to save him before he’s stuck like that forever! Working up the courage, she follows him through a magic portal in their garden to the world of Underfell. As she discovers this world of fairies and spectres, will Ivy put her fears aside to break the spell in time?
9 | BY ASH, OAK AND THORN BY MELISSA HARRISON:
Moss, Burnet and Cumulus were once powerful Guardians of the Wild World – but now they struggle to navigate the changing landscape. After waking up from hibernation in their home in an ash tree, the trio venture through the deep countryside and into the city in the hope to find others like themselves. With the help of various animals they meet on their journey, Moss, Burnet and Cumulus do their best to survive – despite knowing their ancient home is vanishing more and more each day.
10 | IN DARKLING WOOD BY EMMA CARROLL:
When Alice is sent away to live with her estranged grandmother, Nell, she is not best pleased. The only good thing about living with Nell is Darkling Wood, the beautiful forest at the end of her garden, where Alice meets a mysterious girl called Flo. Flo insists that faeries live in Darkling Wood, and since Nell plans on cutting it down, they’re about to be in serious danger. Can Alice uncover the secrets of Darkling Wood and save its inhabitants before it’s too late?
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