The Spring Equinox Spring begins this year on March 20. This is the day when day and night have equal hours all over the world.
In the northern hemisphere, the earth is tilted away from the sun during fall and winter. Then gradually the days grow longer until they are equal. This day is called the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere.
The book, A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox, by Wendy Pfeffer, has a great explanation of the beginning of spring. It also talks about many ways people all over the world have celebrated spring over the years.
Jefferson County Public Library also has lots of fun picture books about spring. Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms, by Julia Rawlinson, is a favorite with young readers. Fletcher the fox is surprised by what he sees one spring morning and rushes to tell his friends of his discovery.
As spring arrives at your house, have you seen any new surprises?
Big Mean Mike by Michelle Knudsen
This book has major cover appeal and a great story to go along with it-- it made me laugh out loud! It's a little long for preschool storytime, but you can bet I'll read it to the next group of Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd graders that ends up in front of me.
Mike is the biggest, toughest, meanest dog around and he wants to make sure that every knows it. He wears the biggest meanest boots, has a spiky collar and drives a tough car. So, when a little fuzzy bunny appears in his trunk one day he tells the cute little bunny to scram. But, the next day there are two, then three, then more! The tough guy car show is coming up and he's being followed around by cute, little fluffy bunnies. How's a tough guy supposed to look tough at the car show with bunnies?!
Pair it with Superdog: the Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner for a dog themed read aloud that everyone will enjoy. Big Mean Mike would be great read one-on-one with younger kids too!