Spring Kids Books

Celebrate the arrival of spring with these seasonal reads! Check out some of these exciting spring books for children of all ages:

The Gardener The Gardener by Sarah Stewart
E STE
A series of letters relating what happens when, after her father loses his job, Lydia Grace goes to live with her Uncle Jim in the city but takes her love for gardening with her.

Miss Rumphius Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
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As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful–and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.

Seeds of Change Seeds of Change by Elaine Pascoe
JB MAATHAI
Describes how seeds are formed, how they grow, what they look like, how they reproduce, and how they make food and provides instructions for related hands-on science projects.

Grandma’s Gloves Grandma’s Gloves by Cecil Castellucci
E CAS
When her grandmother, a devoted gardener, dies, a little girl inherits her gardening gloves and feels closer to her memory.


The Bee Tree The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
E POL
To teach his daughter the value of books, a father leads a growing crowd in search of the tree where the bees keep all their honey.


My Spring Robin My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell
E ROC
A little girl welcomes spring with a search for the singing robin that made last spring so special.

Hi, Koo! Hi, Koo!: a year of seasons by Jon Muth
J 811.54 MUT
Join Koo the panda bear with these haikus about the seasons.

Bear Wants More Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
E WIL
When spring comes, Bear wakes up very hungry and is treated to great food by his friends.

Clementine and the Spring Trip Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker
J PEN
Third-grader Clementine’s school field trip to Plimoth Plantation leads to all kind of discoveries, from fourth grade eating rules to the source of the stink on the bus.

-Nancy

March Adult Picks

Squeezing in at the end of the month, here are our adult favorites for March:

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hookby Gary Vaynerchuk
658.872 VAY
Social media expert Vaynerchuk’s “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” is a brilliant analysis of what works and what doesn’t on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest. Packed with examples, this is a must read for anyone desiring to improve their business’s social media strategy.
-Mike

The Sculptor The Sculptor
by Scott McCloud
741.597 MCC

Thanks to a deal with Death, artist David Smith gains the ability to mold anything he can imagine, but with only 200 days to do it. With so much power of choice and the complication of a new romantic relationship, the pressure to create weighs heavily on David. Scott McCloud, best known for “Understanding Comics” and its sequels, has produced a beautiful graphic novel with a powerful, emotional resolution.
-Mike

Crash & Burn Crash & Burn
by Lisa Gardner
F GAR

Sergeant Wyatt Foster is frustrated when even the search dogs can’t find any trace of the mysterious missing child. Until Nicky’s husband, Thomas, arrives with a host of shattering revelations: Nicole Frank suffers from a rare brain injury and the police shouldn’t trust anything she says.
-Crystal

Private Vegas Private Vegas
by James Patterson
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Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters. But a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin–and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he’s witnessed before. “Private Vegas” brings James Patterson’s Private series to a sensational new level.
-Crystal

Obsession in Death Obsession in Death
by J.D. Robb
F ROB

In her newest murder mystery, Robb once again hurls the reader into the world of crime fighting in the year 2060. This time, Lt. Dallas is the target of an obsessed fan murdering people in order to gain her affection. Readers are kept guessing the identity of the murderer right up until the end in a climax that put Dallas’s friends in mortal jeopardy. Fans of the Dallas/Roarke love story won’t be disappointed in this combination of romance and suspense set in the future.
-Robin

March Young Adult Picks

Spring into these Young Adult Favorites!

The Naturals The Naturals
by Jennifer Barnes

YA BAR

Cassie, who has a natural ability to read people, joins a team of criminal-profiling teens at the FBI investigating cold cases. The plot starts off a bit slow but builds to an exciting conclusion. First in a series.
-Mike

Skinny Skinny
by Donna Cooner

YA COO

Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. These are the words of Skinny, the vicious voice that lives inside fifteen-year-old Ever Davies’s head. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over three hundred pounds, knows she’ll probably never be loved, and Skinny makes sure she never forgets it.
-Crystal

Body in the Woods Body in the Woods
by April Henry

YA HEN

While helping the Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue to seek a missing autistic man, teens Alexis, Nick, and Ruby find, instead, a body and join forces to find the girl’s murderer, forming an unlikely friendship, as well.
–Serena

Skink No Surrender Skink No Surrender
by Carl Hiaasen

YA HIA

Classic Malley—to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard—he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink—he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators.
-Crystal

All the Bright Places All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven

YA NIV

Violet and Finch meet atop a tower on the campus of their high school, both contemplating suicide. They form an unlikely friendship as Violet is dealing with the death of her sister and best friend and Finch is considered a “freak” by his classmates. A great read dealing with loss, friendship, depression, recovery and survival.
-Debbie

American Born Chinese American Born Chinese
by Gene Yang

YA YAN

This book alternates interrelated stories about three characters: a Chinese American trying to fit into popular culture, a Chinese folk hero attempting to be worshipped as a god; and a teenager ashamed by his Chinese cousin’s behavior. Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? They’re going to have to find a way—if they want fix the disasters their lives have become.
-Nancy

March Kids Picks

Get your week started right with some of our favorite Kids books!

Picture Books

Bunnies!!! Bunnies!!!
by Kevan Atteberry

E ATT

A monster searches everywhere to find the things he loves: bunnies!!!
-Serena

Just a Duck Just a duck?
by Carin Bramsen

E BRA

Duck and Cat discover that being yourself makes for being the best of friends!
-Serena

Full Speed Ahead Full Speed Ahead: How Fast Things Go
by Cruschiform

E CRU

Did you know that a tornado travels faster than a race car? Or that a human and spider travel at the same speed? Full Speed Ahead! is the first picture book to directly compare the speeds of animals, modes of transport, and forces of nature in a clear and visually striking album format. Objects are grouped from slowest to fastest, with objects of the same speed on one spread, creating fascinating “match” races. And with a sleek, graphic design and vibrant spot-color printing, Full Speed Ahead! is as gorgeous to look at as it is informative to read. On your mark, get set, go!
-Crystal

Penguin on Vacation Penguin on Vacation
by Salina Yoon

E YOO

Penguin vacations at the beach after growing tired of the cold. But when the beach isn’t at all what Penguin expected a new friend helps him learn how to play. Cute illustrations accompany the humorous story.
-Mike

Juvenile Books

Waiting for Normal Waiting for Normal
by Leslie Connor

J CON

Addie is waiting for normal. But Addie’s mom has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty pantry, jubilation or gloom, her way or no way. All or nothing never adds up to normal. All or nothing can’t bring you all to home, which is exactly where Addie longs to be, with her half sisters, every day. In spite of life’s twists and turns, Addie remains optimistic. Someday, maybe, she’ll find normal.
-Crystal

Free Baseball Free Baseball
by Sue Corbett

J COR

Felix knows his dad was a famous baseball player in Cuba—and that his father risked everything to send Felix to America. But his mom won’t reveal anything else. When a team with Cuban players comes into town, Felix wonders if they knew his dad, and sneaks into their locker room to ask. That’s when the players mistake him for their new batboy.
-Crystal

A Snicker of Magic A Snicker of Magic
by Natalie Lloyd

J LLO

Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.
-Crystal