Spring Theme and Easter Titles in Overdrive Digital Library

Gifts of Spring

The Super Gifts of Spring: Easter by Dandi Mackall

Playful rhymes leap off illustrated pages and give thanks to God for Easter and the wonderment created in Spring. The infectious rhyming prose, paired with scriptural passages, give gratitude and glory to God as early learners discover the Super Gifts of Spring.

 

Sorting Through Spring

Sorting through Spring by Lizann Flatt

As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes — and much more! — can be found by observing everyday plants and animals.  What if animals and plants knew math, just like us? Would flowers bloom in patterns? Would raindrops fall in rhythm? Would birds balance evenly on branches? In Sorting through Spring, the second title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of patterning, sorting, data management, and probability.  This interactive, poetic, and artful picture book series is a non-intimidating and enticing way to introduce math to kids — they will laugh, use their imaginations, and learn through activities inspired by the books.

 

EggEgg: Nature’s Perfect Package by Robin Page

Hatching a plan for survival isn’t always easy in the wild. And how animals lay, protect, and even use each other’s eggs as a food source help reveal the life cycle of the natural world. Eggs come in all shapes and sizes. The ostrich is the largest, but some are so small, you need a microscope to spot them. Animals hide them and disguise them in smart and surprising ways, too. Some abandon their eggs, while others protect them fiercely and carry them wherever they go. There are as many kinds of eggs as there are animals that depend on them, because in the animal kingdom, the fight for survival begins with the simple, but extraordinary, egg.

 

The Little Rabbit

The Little Rabbit by Judy Dunn

Full-color photographs. “The warm, cuddly world of a real rabbit family is introduced to young readers in enchanting photographs.”–Children’s Books of the Year, Child Study Assn.

 

 

Favourite Storybook Activities for Spring

Favourite Storybook Activities for Spring by Vera Trembach

You will find activities that complement some favourite storybooks for spring. The hands-on activities are easy to colour and assemble from the provided patterns. Each storybook has at least one activity to complement it. The storybooks listed in this resource are easy to find in soft cover at any quality children’s bookstore. They are also available at most local libraries and in many school libraries. In the classroom, storybooks are explored for a variety of reasons: to study the interesting illustrations, the repetitive text, the narrative styles and so on. The purpose of this resource is to promote literacy and the shared reading experience. This Holidays lesson provides a teacher and student section with activities, word search, draw, and colour to create a well-rounded lesson plan.

A Butterfly's Life

A Butterfly’s Life by Ellen Lawrence

A young child from the northern United States spots a Monarch butterfly laying eggs and keeps watch as the eggs hatch and the new caterpillars munch away on leaves. Readers will follow along as the narrator observes the butterflies’ behavior up close, including the amazing metamorphosis of caterpillars into adult Monarch butterflies and their migration to Mexico. Colorful photos, diagrams, and clear, age-appropriate text will engage young readers as they explore the life cycle, natural habitat, physical characteristics, diet, and behavior of these beautiful insects. The diary format models scientific observation and critical thinking—and encourages children to keep notebooks recording their own investigations into the natural world.

 

Easter Fun!

Easter Fun!  Activities to Prepare Children’s Hearts for Easter, Grades 1-3 by Linda Standke

Have fun with faith using Easter Fun for grades 1–3! This 32-page book helps children observe the Lenten season through expressive art and craft activities, fun recipes, and an assortment of engaging puzzles. The meaningful activities delight young believers and prepare their hearts for Resurrection Sunday. The book also includes reproducibles and an answer key.

 

My First Story of Easter

My First Story of Easter by Tim Dowley

Tim Dowley’s My First Story of Easter retells the biblical account in simple terms, complete with bright, cheery illustrations that are sure to put a smile on the face of the reader. This Easter, give the children in your life the best gift of all – a story that explains the reason for celebration!

Easter Eggs for Anya

Easter Eggs for Anya: A Ukrainian Celebration of New Life in Christ by Virginia Kroll

A Ukrainian Celebration of New Life in Christ Children love coloring Easter eggs, and here’s a story to explain one of the origins of this tradition. In early nineteenth-century Ukraine, Christians celebrated Easter by exchanging colorful, hand-decorated pysanky eggs—but with Papa away at the war and Mama struggling to make ends meet, Anya’s family was too poor to buy eggs to decorate one year. That is, until Anya discovered an abandoned nest of goose eggs and began planning an Easter surprise for her family. But God had an even better surprise in store, and when the eggs unexpectedly began to hatch, Anya learned what the Easter story teaches: spring brings gifts of myriad new beginnings, just as the risen Christ gave the gift of new life to us all. Each Traditions of Faith book features a story of how significant Christian traditions emerged in cultures around the world, with a note about the origin and history of the tradition, and offers ideas and activities each family can adopt as its own.

 

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Jan & Mike Berenstain

The Bear cubs are candy-crazy this Easter! But Missus Ursula and some Sunday school students tell the cubs about Jesus’s resurrection and show them that salvation is much sweeter than candy!

 

Amazing Journey

Amazing Journey:  Jesus, Creation, Death, and Life! by Susie Poole

An accurate retelling of Christ’s death from creation to the cross that helps children learn the meaning of the resurrection.

 

 

Sammy Experiences Jesus

Sammy Experiences Jesus by Tom Blackaby

Sammy remembers ‘asking Jesus into his heart’ when he was very young, but is not sure exactly what that means or how to talk to his friends about it. In the follow-up to Sammy Experiences God, authors Tom Blackaby and Rick Osborne help kids unpack important biblical truths.

 

Know Your Bible for Kids

Know Your Bible for Kids: All About Jesus by Donna K. Maltese

It’s never too soon to know your Bible—and here’s a fantastic resource for young readers (ages 5–8) to explain the most important Person of history. Know Your Bible for Kids—All About Jesus is based on the two-million-selling handbook Know Your Bible, and describes the birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection, and ultimate impact of Jesus Christ. With clear, age-appropriate text explaining each aspect of Jesus’ story, it’s colorfully illustrated and designed to enhance both the fun and the learning. Each chapter includes key verses and a “What Does That Mean?” section for personal application.

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