Spring may be eluding us for a bit (snow in April?!), but I can feel the shift in the air. I’m itching to plant some seeds and watch for the first green shoots pushing up to start my garden. I want to get on my bike and explore the world from outside my car again. And I want to curl up by a window with a good book and a cup of something warm after enjoying the fresh air. Here are some book ideas for when the kids have finished playing outside and need some downtime:


mulberrybooks2Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park. About a Korean girl and her classmate who raise silkworms for their science project. A compelling story about fitting in, being yourself, and the cycle of life.  Great for Grades 4-6.
striker1Striker by David Skuy. Nominated for this year’s Forest of Reading Silver Birch Fiction award, Striker follows a boy recovering from a leg operation who wants to get back into playing soccer.  A fast read, boys and girls alike will enjoy this book about finding your inner strength and standing up for yourself.  Skuy’s first novel, Undergrounders, won the Silver Birch Fiction award in 2012.  Appropriate for Grades 4-6.
81RwHQJ39JL._SL1500_The Penderwicks in Spring (The Penderwicks Series #4) by Jeanne Birdsall.  This series follows four sisters and their adventures reminiscent of books from an earlier, more innocent time.  The first book starts during a summer vacation and this latest edition brings the girls back home to Gardam Street to discover more adventures in the warmth of spring after a long winter.
917FQerThOLCharlotte’s Web by E. B. White.  I saved my favourite springtime book for last.  The classic tale of a unlikely friendship between a spring pig named Wilbur and a small spider named Charlotte.  One of the best books to show how even the smallest of creatures can make big differences in the world.
What are your kids reading this spring?


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