The importance of seasonal children's books - Guest Blog By Maria Torres

Spring is finally here, the season of hope, flowers and of course, books. Seasonal reading seems to be a very popular trend on instagram at the minute and I really hope it sticks around for long.

Reading seasonal children's books has played a crucial role in my child’s dual language development since we started doing book rotation last year. He’s learned that squirrels collect conquers in the autumn and trees lose their leaves, that we carve pumpkins in October and that Santa works really hard so that children can get their presents every year.

Children get normally really attached to a certain book which they want to read again and again, for us that would be Gustavo, El Fantasma Tímido (Gustavo, the shy ghost) meaning our son would pick that book every single night for bedtime. One of the greatest aspects of seasonal readings is that you get to change your display and put some books away so that the little ones have to choose something new every time. A good idea to get them involved in the process of choosing is to always give them a choice and show them a few different stories for them to pick one.

When it comes to reading seasonal children's books, remember that the books don’t have to specifically talk about the season itself but whatever makes that season unique and special so when it comes to spring think about stories that deal with topics such as flowers, gardening, bugs or just enjoying your time in nature.

These are some of our favourite seasonal children's books that are currently sitting on our shelves and that would make a great spring read:

-The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton

Gardening is such a big part of every British household in spring and children love being involved, using their own little tools out and getting their hands dirty. This book is perfect to learn about the process of planting a seed and waiting for something magical to happen. Patience is key!

-Found you by Devon Holwarth

I find Found You particularly interesting because it tells the story of a little boy living in a new country. Being an expat myself, I think it’s great to have a book showing that aspect of life, the struggle of not understanding the language or feeling lonely when you first move abroad.

-Poppy and the Blooms by Fiona Woodcock

The illustrations on this one are beautiful and I’m particularly drawn to the colours since the flowers are presented bright and vibrant in contrast to the dull background.

-Nature’s Toy Box by Wenda Shurety and Harriet Hobday

It tells the story of a little girl that starts chasing a bird in her garden and that leads her to discover all sorts of creatures and live a magical adventure using her imagination.

To complete you spring display is always great to include some nature crafts and even a better one if you can make it book related. Maybe you could make a Very Hungry Caterpillar garland using pom poms or why not make some poppies using cupcake liners and lolly craft stick. It might be a bit of chaos but I’m sure it’ll be good fun too.