Spring reads for the little ones.

With so many customers buying books for spring break vacations and Easter baskets, I thought I’d offer my list of current favorite kids’ titles. These are books I’m watching fly off the shelves (or ones I think should be flying off the shelves); maybe one might suit your family just right. Happy spring reading!

Archibald’s Next Big Thing by Tony Hale. You’ll recognize Tony Hale’s name: He’s one of Tallahassee’s claims to fame. Tony is an Emmy-award winning actor for HBO’s Veep, and his new children’s book is vibrant and colorful and huge. The book follows a young chicken named Archibald as he searches high and low for his “next big thing.” Kids will enjoy following along on Archibald’s silly adventures, and grown-ups will appreciate this non-preachy message: Sometimes the next big thing is right where you are.  Perfect for kids five and up.

Finding Spring by Carin Berger. This beautiful new picture book by author Carlin Berger features paper collage illustrations and a sweet, springtime message as little bear Maurice learns to wait patiently for a new season. It’s a quiet story well-suited for preschoolers (a new bedtime story, perhaps?), and the unique illustrations happen to be my favorite.  

Cat & Bunny by Mary Lundquist. Debut writer and illustrator Mary Lundquist wrote this newly-released children’s book perfect for a little one’s Easter basket. In the book, young Cat and Bunny must learn to make new friends and share their made-up games; the story is ideal for sibling sets and simple enough for big brother or big sister to read out loud. 

The Golden Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. Customers and readers looking for a more classic rabbit tale will appreciate this re-release of Margaret Wise Brown’s The Golden Bunny. Leonard Weisgard’s illustrations are gorgeous, and the book actually features 17 of Margaret’s poems and stories; each stands wonderfully on its own. My personal favorite? “A Bunny’s Hungry ABC,” of course. Grandmothers, this one’s for you.  

Nest by Esther Ehrlich. I can’t get over the cover of this new middle reader book by debut author Esther Ehrlich. The premise is a rather sad one: 11-year-old “Chirp” and her family must adjust to the changes her mother’s ailing health brings. Nest, though, is a reassuring story of family and friendship, and Esther – a native of Boston and Cape Cod – writes about that area of the country with spirit and beauty. 

Mister H by Daniel Nesquens. So many middle reader books are written for a specific gender in mind, and although that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s a relief to find a book both girls and boys might enjoy reading. Mister H fits the bill. It’s funny and thoughtful, and it’s published by a smaller company I’ve come to love. The larger type and the interspersed illustrations make this one accessible for younger middle readers (maybe 7 and up?), but larger vocabulary words might require a parent’s help.

Annie JonesComment