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Springtime Stories for Beginning Readers

Introduce the new season with these wonderful (and sometimes all wet!) books for beginners.
 
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Adios Oscar!: A Butterfly Fable
by Peter Elwell

When Oscar the caterpillar discovers that he will one day become a butterfly, he's overjoyed. And his friend Edna the bookworm encourages his hopes of flying to Mexico with the other Monarch butterflies. To prepare, Oscar learns Spanish and dreams of flying through the purple Sierra Madre Mountains.

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Spring Thaw
by Steven Schnur Illustrated by Stacey Schuett
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Spring's Sprung
by Lynn Plourde Illustrated by Greg Couch
Mother Earth rouses her
daughters — March,
April, and May.
You must wake the
world to start a new day.

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Possum and the Peeper
by Anne Hunter Illustrated by Anne Hunter
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Poppleton in Spring
Series: Poppleton, Book #5
by Cynthia Rylant Illustrated by Mark Teague

Poppleton loves everything about spring and makes grand plans for cleaning, bicycle shopping, and sleeping in a tent.

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Paperback Reader Level 3: $3.19

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North Country Spring
by Reeve Lindbergh Illustrated by Liz Sivertson
The running of rivers, the wild geese returning, the bear cubs stepping out, and the peepers singing — this is the arrival of spring in the north country. Join all manner of north country animals as they respond in their own unique ways to the slow vanishing of the cold, dark winter.
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Jack's Garden
by Henry Cole Illustrated by Henry Cole
The plants, insects, birds, and other contents of Jack's gardens are described in this cumulative story.  The names of the animals, plants, and tools in Jack's garden are included in a key on each page.
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HLR (2): It's Spring!
Series: Hello Reader!
by Samantha Berger , Pamela Chanko Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Berger and Chanko's breezy rhyming text and Sweet's charming watercolor illustrations tell a delightful story of adorable woodland animals spreading the news that spring has arrived in the forest.

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Board Picturebooks: $4.79

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How a Seed Grows
by Helene J. Jordan Illustrated by Loretta Krupinski
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Henry y Mudge: El primer libro de sus aventuras
Series: Henry and Mudge, Book #1
by Cynthia Rylant Illustrated by Suçie Stevenson

Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge.

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Handsprings
by Douglas Florian Illustrated by Douglas Florian

What do you like about spring?

Longer days?
Blooming flowers?
April Fools'?
Cool spring showers?

What do you not like about spring?

Spring-cleaning?
Insect swarms?
Mud, mud, mud?
Thunderstorms?

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Growing Frogs
by Vivian French Illustrated by Alison Bartlett

"Part picture book for pleasure reading . . . and part practical how-to, this dramatic account is the next best thing to setting up a hatchery of your own."

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LRFO: From Tadpole to Frog (Stage 1)
by Wendy Pfeffer Illustrated by Holly Keller

Wendy Pfeffer describes the amazing metamorphosis from tiny, jellylike egg to little fishy tadpole to great big bullfrog. Holly Keller has created the archetypal frog pond and we see it through the seasons as the tadpoles grow legs and lungs and eventually hop onto land: bullfrogs at last.

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LRFO: From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Stage 1)
by Deborah Heiligman Illustrated by Bari Weissman
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Counting in the Garden
by Kim Parker Illustrated by Kim Parker

From talented textile designer Kim Parker comes a gorgeous counting book in which readers can count from one to ten while they search among the colorful flowers for various creatures hidden among lush garden scenes. Full color.

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Boy Who Didn't Believe In Spring, The
by Lucille Clifton Illustrated by Brinton Turkle
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Carrot Seed, The
by Ruth Krauss Illustrated by Crockett Johnson

Everyone is certain it won't grow, but a little boy remains confident in his carrot seed's potential. Watch as he carefully plants, tends to, and eventually harvests a carrot whose size is in direct proportion to his unflappable faith in it. Two- and four-color illustrations.

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Paperback Picturebooks: $3.59

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Red Rubber Boot Day
by Mary Lyn Ray Illustrated by Lauren Stringer
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Waiting for Wings
by Lois Ehlert

Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat, and how?

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Bear Wants More
Series: Bear Books
by Karma Wilson Illustrated by Jane Chapman

When springtime comes, in his warm winter den

a bear wakes up very hungry and thin...

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Wind Blew, The
by Pat Hutchins Illustrated by Pat Hutchins

What happens to the inhabitants of a small town when a playful wind blows through, randomly taking away every object in its path? This book of simple rhyming verse and bright illustrations takes youngsters on a whirlwind trip that shows how the forces of nature impact the lives of ordinary people.

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Click, Clack, Peep!
by Doreen Cronin Illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Farmer Brown, oh-so-sleepy, has a new, adorable, and loud duckling to deal with. When there's trouble on the farm, Duck is the obvious suspect, but this time he has nothing to do with it!
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And Then It's Spring
by Julie Fogliano Illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they've had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait...and wait...until at last, the brown becomes a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way.

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Rainbow of My Own, A
by Don Freeman Illustrated by Don Freeman
A boy plays hide-and-go-seek and leap-frog in the rain with his imaginary friend — a rainbow. His friend disappears when the sun comes out, but when the boy goes home he finds a real rainbow of his very own.
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Tiny Seed, The
by Eric Carle Illustrated by Eric Carle

Carried from its flower home by the autumn wind, a tiny seed travels around the world. Its journey is perilous, and the reader learns the fate of fellow seeds: they can fall into the ocean, be burned by the sun, or be eaten by birds.

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It's Spring!
by Linda Glaser Illustrated by Susan Swan

Simple text and bold, beautiful paper sculpture convey the animal life, plant life, weather, colors, clothing, and feelings associated with the spring season.

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