The top 10 new kids books for spring, part 2
By Aimee Heckel
A few days ago, we presented the top five new kids books for spring — as ranked by 4-year-old avid “reader,” Bettie Anne, in Colorado.
Here are the final five kids books in her highly esteemed top 10 ranking.
6. I Hatched, by Jill Esbaum. An ideal spring read, following the hatching of an especially enthusiastic baby chick, whose excitement and curiosity is contagious. Sound like any little ones you know? This book, released late January, is a great one to pull out every Easter and spring.
7. Miss Maple’s Seeds, by Eliza Wheeler. Your kids will appreciate the magical world of Miss Maple, who gathers seeds to help them grow. You will feel the undertones about growing up — and letting go — hit your heart like a truck. A great read for those nights when you’re feeling burned out and you need a subtle reminder to honor this fleeting time of your child’s development. This book is also perfect for a teacher to bring to the classroom.
8. This Monster Cannot Wait, by Bethony Barton. An entertaining book that uses humor and excellent illustrations to touch on the important lessons of patience. Not that kids are impatient. Oh, no. Never.
9. Muddypaws’ New Friends, by Steve Smallman and Simon Mendez. We confess; we have no idea what this book is about, because Bettie will not let anyone touch it. She loves the pictures so much that the words are irrelevant. Presumably, there’s a story about a puppy and, er, new friends. But the lifelike illustrations of a cute dog win the world. There’s also “Muddypaws Goes to School.”
10. Ferocious Wild Beasts, by Christopher Wormell. It’s hard to talk to your kids about fear, but this book approaches the topic with heart and humor — and surprising turns. The illustrations are lovely enough to frame, too.
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