Fun is Springing up in the children’s section

and then it’s spring written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they’ve had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden.

“First you have brown, all around you have brown.”

The boy and his dog plant seeds and wish for rain and sun to help them grow.  However, after a week it is all still brown.  Then another week and more brown and a third week and still more brown.  Then after the rain and the sun they walk outside to “check on all that brown” and find that it is finally spring.

This is a sweet story of anticipation brought to life by 2011 Caldecott Medal recipient Erin E. Stead. 

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

From the creator of the national bestseller It’s a Book comes a timeless story of family history, legacy, and love. Grandpa Green wasn’t always a gardener. He was a farm boy and a kid with chickenpox and a soldier and, most of all, an artist. Follow Grandpa Green’s great-grandson into a garden Grandpa Green created, a fantastic world where memories are handed down in the fanciful shapes of topiary trees and imagination recreates things forgotten. 

In his most enigmatic and beautiful work to date, Lane Smith explores aging, memory, and the bonds of family history and love; by turns touching and whimsical, it’s a stunning picture book that parents and grandparents will be sharing with children for years to come. Grandpa Green is a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Picture Books title for 2011.

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