Coming Out of Hibernation with Books

Children’s Book Corner is a column suggesting children’s books from a mother of 11 children, who has also explored writing for children. Today’s column highlights fun children’s book reads for March that will hopefully keep your young reader reading!

By Pamela Tuck

March is the official month of SPRING, which symbolizes new beginnings, hope and growth. During the crisis that many of us are facing now, let’s focus on the symbolic meaning of March and Spring and the Hope that it can bring.

Of course, in thinking on the world’s condition and the eye-opening experiences, I think of the things I am thankful for. Maybe these little thoughts will brighten your day as well:

Embrace the time spent with family as QUALITY TIME, not as quarantine.

The joys in life come without a price tag.

Let TALKING replace texting.

CREATIVITY comes from a mind that is not preoccupied.

In trying to make a choice of what book recommendation I would give this month. I wanted to consider the different aspects of the month and experiences surrounding it.

So, without further ado, my first book recommendation is . . .

Drumroll please . . .

The Good Garden
The Good Garden
written by Katie Smith Milway and illustrated by Sylvie Daigneault

This book is recommended for ages: 8 to 12

This inspiring story tells of a struggling farming family in Honduras and their journey to growing enough food to meet their needs. It’s based on the real story of farm transformation in Honduras and other countries. This book offers children ways to appreciate and foster food security and encourage them to be a part of the movement to grow good gardens. Resourcefulness and thankfulness are morals that we can never learn too much about.

As we enter spring, let’s not look at all the gloominess around us. Let’s continue to hope and wait for those tiny green sprouts of new life to burst through, answering the promise of spring. Encouraging us to continue to have patience to wait for the full bloom of life waiting to be enjoyed and cherished.

That leads me to my next book recommendation. Another spring book that inspires hope.

Drumroll two, please . . .

and then it's spring
and then, it’s spring
Written by Julie Fogliano and Illustrated by Erin E. Stead

This book is recommended for ages 4 to 7

After a snowy winter, a young boy and his dog are anxious for spring. They decide to plant a garden in all that brown. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait . . . and wait . . . until at last, the brown turns into a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way. This charming story subtly depicts the long, patient waiting of the wonderful hope of spring.

Hopefully these suggestions will inspire hope and peace as we wait for the calm after the storm . . . and as always . . . keep you and your child reading!



Categories: Art, Entertainment, & Lifestyle, Books

1 reply

  1. This is a very inspirational post during such a time as this!

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