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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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Oscar the (Almost) Butterfly
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.
"The text is just right for beginning readers and the lively illustrations offer plenty of visual clues and a touch of the absurd humor that appeals to this set.
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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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Spring Is Here, Grumpy Bunny!
by Justine Korman Illustrated by Lucinda McQueen

Two Grumpy Bunny adventures are collected in this value-priced bind-up for twice the fun. Includes The Grumpy Bunny's Too Many Bunnybabies and The Grumpy Easter Bunny.

The Grumpy Bunny's Too Many Bunnybabies: Are these adorable bunnybabies too much for Hopper the grumpy bunny to handle?

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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?

Insect swarms?
Mud, mud, mud?

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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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From Tadpole to Frog
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.
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From Caterpillar to Butterfly
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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Clifford's Spring Clean-Up
by Norman Bridwell Illustrated by Norman Bridwell

Clifford the Big Red Dog helps the family spring clean the house and participates in an Earth Day project, with some surprising results.

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The Boy Who Didn't Believe In Spring
by Lucille Clifton Illustrated by Brinton Turkle
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The Carrot Seed
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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The Rain Came Down
by David Shannon Illustrated by David Shannon

Caldecott Honor artist and bestselling author David Shannon's brings us a charming and amusingly illustrated picture book.

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Spring Is Here, Hello Kitty!
Series: Hello Kitty
by Kimberly Weinberger Illustrated by Sachiho Hino

Spring is here! Hello Kitty and her friends will have a picnic in the park. But wait — the park is a mess! What will Hello Kitty and her friends do?

This book is filled with colorful stickers so that you can decorate Hello Kitty's world.

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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...

Bear finds some roots to eat, but that's not enough. He wants more. With his friends' help, he finds some berries, clover, and fish to eat, but that's not enough. Bear wants more

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The Wind Blew
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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Prince of a Frog
by Jackie Urbanovic Illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic

Hopper is a frog...a wild frog...a hopelessly hoppy, rambunctious frog that doesn't fit in at the pond. But he can't figure out why.

Until one day when a wise turtle suggests that maybe he's not really a frog at all. Maybe he's a prince.

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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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Safe in a Storm
by Stephen R. Swinburne Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell

"When the clouds grow darker and the rain pelts and stings, I'm here, my little duck. Keep warm beside my wings."

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A Rainbow of My Own
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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The Tiny Seed
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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Let It Rain
by Maryann Cocca-Leffler Illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

The snow is melting, flowers are blooming, and a light rain is falling. Spring is finally here! With soft-colored art, adorable children, and colorful outdoor scenes, this title continues Cocca-Leffler's delightful series all about the seasons.

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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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