Children’s Titles for Spring
By Karen Mendez Smith
new crop of kids’ books are set to bring some fresh air to
cloistered winter confines.
the cold loosens its grip, animals begin to come out of hibernation.
Ready to make a splash is FROGS SING SONGS, a picture
book by Yvonne Winer, illus. Tony Oliver (Charlesbridge
Press) as does FISHING DAY by Andrea Pinkney,
illus. Shane Evans (Hyperion/Jump At the Sun).
Also a breath of fresh air is MOTHERS TO TIGERS
by George Ella Lyon, illus. Peter Catalonotto (Simon &
Schuster/Richard Jackson Books).
ones will want to wiggle their bare toes in the earth when reading
HOW GROUNDHOG’S GARDEN GREW by Lynne Cherry
(Scholastic/Blue Sky) and PLANTING A RAINBOW
a new board book edition by Lois Ehlert (Harcourt/Red Wagon),
not to mention Lane Smith’s THE HAPPY HOCKY FAMILY
MOVE TO THE COUNTRY (Viking).
weather is sure to spark the creative spirit in PAINTING
THE WIND, a debut picture book by mother-daughter team
Patricia and Emily MacLachlan, illus. Katy Schneider, (HarperCollins/Joanna
Cotler Books). MORRIS THE ARTIST by Lore
Segal, illus. Borris Kulikov (Farrar Strauss Giroux/Frances
Foster Books) makes a big impression, as does PICTURES
AT AN EXHIBITION (with accompanying CD) by Anna Harwell
Celenza, illus. JoAnn Kitchel (Charlesbridge/Talewinds).
Completing the scene is PICTURES FOR MISS JOSIE
by Sandra Belloa, illus. Benny Andrews (HarperCollins/Greenwillow).
be ready to batter-up with RHINOS PLAY BASEBALL
(Clarion) by Julie Mammona. Girls won’t be
left out with GIRL WONDER by Deborah Hopkinson,
illus. Terry Widener (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Schwartz)
and PLAYER IN PIGTAILS by Shana Corey, illus. Rebecca
Gibbon (Scholastic Press). Even mom gets into the
game with MAMA PLAYED BASEBALL by David A. Adler,
illus. Chris O’Leary (Harcourt/Gulliver Books).
Also sure to hit a home run is HIGH HEAT, a novel
about the redemptive power of baseball by Carl Dueker (Houghton
are sprouting with Jerry Pinelli’s STARGIRL
(Random House/Dell/Laurel-Leaf). Young adults will
appreciate the hardcover edition of THE SECOND SUMMER OF
THE SISTERHOOD, sequel to THE SISTERHOOD OF THE
TRAVELING PANTS by Ann Brashares, as well as the reprint
in paper (Random/Delacorte Paperback).
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