Celebrate spring, poems and enjoy some of these fabulous books together. Then, grab some sidewalk chalk and go outside and write a few of your own poems for the world to enjoy!

cat bunny

Cat & Bunny

by Mary Lundquist

Cat and Bunny have the same birthday and right from the start they do every- thing together. From daydreaming to adventures, they are inseparable. Until, one day when they are playing the "Made Up" game, Bunny finds more friends to join in. Cat feels left out. Then, Cat makes up a new game and finds even more friends and Bunny joins in! A delightful book about inclusion and friendship! Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, $17.99; ages 3-7

death hat

The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects

by Paul B. Janeczko

This is an amazing job at putting a brief history of poetry into a picture book
and making it interesting, beautiful and relevant! The introduction explains the different time periods and gives a gen- eral idea of what was going on in history. Poems feature a different object and a small tag that gives the time period in history that it is from. The watercolor illustrations by Chris Rascha are rich, airy, and full of fun. Candlewick Press, $17.99; ages 8 and up

falling up

Falling Up: Special Edition With 12 New Poems

by Shel Silverstein

This poetry anthology was just rereleased this year with 12 new poems and drawings. With witty, engaging poetry and silly line drawings, this is a poetry book that will
be well-loved. Shel Silverstein is a poem master! His other poetry anthologies, "A Light in the Attic: Special Edition With 12 New Poems,""Where The Sidewalk Ends," and "Every Thing On It" are also all-time favorites. Children love to pour through them again and again! Harper, $19.99; ages 6 and up

first book poems

Out and About: A First Book of Poems

by Shirley Hughes

Luminous, detailed watercolor illustrations and poems that celebrate the seasons fill this gorgeous book of poetry. Little ones will love experiencing the seasons through verse. Join the children in this book for a great poetic adventure featuring feasts, water play, spring things growing, and even sand! Candlewick Press, $16.99; ages 2-6

hypnotize tiger

Hypnotize A Tiger

by Calef Brown

This book is packed with poems about critters, insects, eats, school and more. From zany to ridiculous, this book is full of poems that will tickle your funny bone every time you open it up!
Henry Holt Books and Company, $17.99, ages 8-12

in the rainforest

In The Rainforest

by Kate Duke

Take an educational and informative trip through the rainforest and learn all about the many plants and animals that live there! Bright, bold illustrations and interesting, easy to understand text fill this fun and informative book about the rainforest.
For Earth Day, or any day, this adventure to the rainforest is well worth the trip! Harper, $17.99; ages 4-8

Moms read too!

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
In the tradition of his beloved first novel, The Notebook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways. Available on Amazon.com.

Jennifer Galvin is never far from her children, a paintbrush, or a good book. You can find her on the web at www.jennifergalvin.com