On our Bookshelf: Spring Books

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Spring is in the air and our cherry tree is preparing its buds for blossom. We hear the birds singing in our garden in the mornings and in the evenings.

I’m trying to soak in every sound and colour and to print these moments in my memory as I know ... I know that this will be our last spring here, in this garden and in this house. We will be changing countries again.

This is always a bitter sweet moment for me. And a reminder that only this moment counts. All we have is “now”. That’s why I’m determined to make the most of our spring.

Our Spring books are out since one month already, since we have celebrated the Spring Festival (aka. Chinese New Year) and I’m sharing them with you today

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  • “C’est toi le printemps?” by Kazuyo Today and Chiaki Okada, available in Japanese, French and German (“Bist Du der Frühling?”) is a little jewellery. The text is so sweet and the drawing are gorgeous. It’s the story of a little rabbit who hasn’t seen spring yet and he is so much anticipating it. He wants to know what spring is and how it looks like. When he meets a polar bear who is migrating to colder places, he thinks that his new friend is the spring. And his question gives the title of the book “Are you the Spring?” One of our favourite books ever

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On the top of our bookshelf you can see two books that accompany us through the year:

  • “Arbre” by Amandine Laprun is the book you see on the left side of the picture here above. It has the form of the tree and the pages follow the changes of a tree through the seasons. It’s simply gorgeous. We love it because we can easily match the picture of the book with how the cherry tree in our garden looks like.

  • “Bringing the outside in“ by Mary McKenna Siddals and Patrice Barton Montessori-friendly, beautiful text, gorgeous illustrations. The children in the book have so much fun outdoor that it’s contagious. All we want to do when we finish reading it is “go outside and play” and that’s exactly the invitation on the last page of this book.

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From left to right in the picture here above:

  • “Growing Frogs” by Vivian French takes us through the different stages of a frog development. The perfect book if you are planning to grow frogs in your home and set them free when they grow up. But also if you don’t and your child is curious about the way these little animals grow. Montessori-friendly

  • “Spring” by Gerda Muller doesn’t need an introduction anymore. We love it for the beautiful illustrations (they remind me of my own childhood) and we use it as a story board for the different languages we speak at home

  • “Le Livre du printemps” by Rotraut Susanne Berner originally in German but is a book without text (except for some logos), from a series of books about seasons. We love the big format, that wonderfully features so many details and the gorgeous drawings. We discover something new each time we go through this book and we can follow some of the characters all through the four seasons.

  • “Ten Seeds” by Ruth Brown. We have it in French “Dix petites grains” It is also available in Spanish and Chinese. It’s the countdown of ten seeds planted by a little child. In the end only one seed is left and it becomes a beautiful sunflower that gives 10 little seeds to the child again. Montessori-friendly

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  • C’est déjà le printemps” by Kazuo Iwamura. We are big fans of this Japanese author. We follow the adventures of the 3 little squirrels throught the year and here they are again: it’s already spring and they want to discover where the snow goes. This is not a Montessori-friendly book because there are talking animals inside but the adventures of these animals are so real that I don’t know any child who read Kazuo Iwamura books and didn’t fall in love with them.

  • “L’oeuf” (The Egg) and other books from “Mes premières découvertes” (My first discoveries) collection. This collection is always a great introduction for any topic that your child is interested in. There are plenty of books about spring topics: insects, flowers, trees, animals… We rotate this collection all along springtime

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  • “L’oiseau blessé” by Eve Hermann is a Montessori book from the collection about Liv & Emi. This time they find a little bird who hurts itself by bumping into their window. This book always sparks my daughter’s interest for birds and spring is a wonderful occasion for us to observe the beautiful birds who live or visit our garden

  • “Fruits, fleurs, légumes e petites bêtes” by François Delebecque a flip-flap book where children can see the shadow of fruits, vegetables, insects, gardening tools and guess which one this is. A great support for learning new vocabulary for younger children and if you are starting your journey of learning French. My daughter loved it and it will be great for my son this spring. As all the babies, he loves images with contrasts and this book is perfect.

  • “A table!” by Kazuo Iwamura. Again the squirrel family! Nic, Nac and Not, the 3 little squirrels try to guess what a little bird eats. They try to feed him pine cone seeds, cherry flowers,.. and they are surprised to find out what a little bird really eats. My daughter loves it!

  • “Mein erstes Buch von Wald” is a book mostly for toddlers but we use it to learn German vocabulary. When learning a new language, these kind of books are very useful. They are too easy for a child in his/her mother tongue but they are perfect for learning a foreign language. You can find similar book for any language your child is learning

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From left to right in the picture above

  • “A first book of nature” by Nicola Davies Gorgeous illustrations and little stories on different themes for each season. In Spring we are reading about frogs, bulbs, dandelions, migration, lambs, nesting, cherry blossom…

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  • “Annie and the Wild Animals” by Jan Brett a beautiful book about the transition from winter to spring

  • “Jour de pluie” by Kazuyo Today and Chiaki Okada, the same author as “C’est toi le printemps?” is about how to turn a boring rainy day into a great adventure. Beautiful illustrations!

  • “Ca pousse comment?” by Gerda Muller, another little treasure from Gerda Muller that can inspire you to grow your own vegetables. Montessori-friendly with beautiful illustrations, very informative and fun at the same time.

  • “Grand-Mère Terre et ses enfants” by Sibylle von Olfers. A Waldorf book, originally written in German “Etwas von den Wurzelkindern” it has been translated into English as well “The Story of the Root Children”. It’s the story of the seeds preparing to leave their Grandmother’s home, the Earth, to go out into the world with their most beautiful colours when spring arrives.

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I would love to hear about your favourite spring books here in the comments bellow or on Instagram

Happy Spring everyone!