April Showers: Splashy Picture Books for Spring

Pat Budish, youth services associate librarian at Hennepin County Library-Excelsior offers three seasonal picture books for young readers. These books and others are available at Hennepin County Library-Excelsior, 337 Water St., Excelsior; 612.543.6350; hclib.org

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
Full of meteorological metaphors, this book describes in verse the lion that is early March weather, which finally gives way to the lamb of spring.

Abracadabra! It’s Spring!

by Anne Sibley O’Brien, illustrated by Susan Gal
This is a great book for one-on-one reading. Winter turns magically into spring on 11 gatefold pages through the use of “magic words.”  

Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain?
by Harriet Ziefert, illustrations by Brigette Barrager
A little girl steps out into her rainy yard in search of her missing kitten. On one side of the page is a simple story of the girl talking about animals in the rain. On the other page, there is an easy scientific explanation for rain and how animals survive and even thrive in it.