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8 brilliant books to celebrate spring

Spring is in the air with these gorgeous picture books...

Finn's Garden Friends by Rachel Lawston and Lia Visirin, Pikku Publishing, April 2021 A fantastic new story about a little boy who misses the countryside after moving to the city. This shows readers that they don't need to go into the wilderness to be close to nature, and encourages children to take an interest in the environment. Read a longer review + an interview with author Rachel Lawston...



Dream Big, Little Mole by Tom Percival and Christine Pym, Bloomsbury, February 2021

A little mole admires the skills of other animals and wishes she could achieve similar things. The fabulous illustrations are filled with colourful flowers and landscapes that showcase the splendour of the natural world. Read a longer review and take a peek inside...


Beatrix and her Bunnies: The Story of Beatrix Potter by Rebecca Colby and Caroline Bonne-Müller, published Nosy Crow in partnership with the National Trust, March 2021 The tale of how Potter became a bestselling author and a household name. This is a vibrant, and celebration of the countryside, with rabbits that practically jump off the page. Read a longer review and take a peek inside...


Margaret's Unicorn by Briony May Smith, US edition published by Schwartz & Wade in September 2020, released in Ireland and the UK in June 2021

A little girl finds a lost baby unicorn and takes care of him until his herd returns in spring. an An extraordinary story with stunning illustrations that transports readers to rugged fields filled with thistles and heather, where mythical creatures hover on the horizon. Read a longer review and take a peek inside...



Counting Creatures by Julia Donaldson and Sharon King-Chai, Two Hoots, November 2020

This interactive counting book with die-cut pages and striking illustrations is full of frolicking animals and their offspring. One of the most beautiful books we own and perfect for celebrating the rebirth of spring. Read a longer review and take a peek inside...


The Sun Egg by Elsa Beskow, Floris Books, originally published in 1932

Written and illustrated by Elsa Beskow, who is often referred to as the Swedish Beatrix Potter. This is about a little elf who lives in a hollow tree and full of exquisite hand-painted watercolours with a delicate, natural beauty. Read a longer review and take a peek inside...



I am a Bunny by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry, Little Golden Books, originally published in 1963

Another classic, this is an adorable book for babies and toddlers. Ideal for introducing the very young to the changing seasons and wonders of the world around us. The simple text and charming illustrations make it perfect for sharing with little bunnies. Read a longer review and take a peek inside...



Dee the Bee by Dolores Keaveney, Starfish Bay Publishing, September 2020

Last but by no means least, here's a book that practically buzzes with the joys of spring and a fabulous tribute to one of nature's heroes - the bee. This explains pollination to children with a lively rhyming text and wonderful, brightly-coloured watercolours. Read a longer review and take a peek inside..

I shared this post on Instagram as part of the #8BrilliantBooks challenge created by Esther of @mrsbrownsbookbox and Laura of @loveableliterature. Take a look at their brilliant #bookstagram pages for more fabulous collections. Use the hashtag and tag Esther and Laura in your posts if you'd like to get involved and share #8BrilliantBooks yourself. A new theme is announced every Monday.


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