6 Picture Books to Support Nature-Based Learning in March
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After a long, cold winter, it's always a relief when March rolls around, bringing with it the first signs of spring. There are few things that children love more than the chance to splash in puddles and squelch in the mud that invariably appears in my neck of the wood this time of year. There's something magical and invigorating about seeing life gradually returning to the landscape, and the six books I've selected this month all capture that feeling.
This is one of my absolute favorite children's books, period. It just plain gets everything right, from the charming illustrations to the spare but evocative text to how brilliantly it captures the challenge of being patient when you're little.
Linda Glaser is one of my go-to authors for nonfiction books on a range of nature themes, and this book doesn't disappoint. The eye-catching cut-paper illustrations are a perfect companion to text the nicely captures the sights, sounds, smells, and overall feel of springtime. A great list of nature activities to do in spring is included at the end of the book.
This simple story follows a young girl as she searches for a robin that she remembers from the previous summer. Along the way, she encounters may other signs of spring that children will likely recognize from their own outdoor explorations. The simple style makes it a good fit for very little ones, as well as for children beginning to read independently.
This book is a perfect follow-up to My Spring Robin. It's jam-packed with factual information about robins presented in a way that's accessible and engaging for young readers. The end of the book includes a helpful glossary, as well as guidelines for what to do if you find an orphaned or injured baby bird.
I've yet to encounter a child who doesn't love Karma Wilson's "Bear" stories! In this installment, Bear's friends kindly help him search for food when he wakes up ravenous after a long hibernation. I've found that children always enjoy acting out den-building and hibernation scenarios, and this book provides good inspiration for them to think more about what happens once animals wake up, inspiring fresh material for dramatic play.
Mole is eager to celebrate spring's arrival, but he has a hard time getting his friend Bear to wake up from a long winter's sleep! Like Bear Wants More, this book is a sweet celebration of friendship and provides fun inspiration for dramatic play.
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