Educators and librarians gathered at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group in New York City’s iconic Flatiron Building to hear about upcoming spring offerings. It was difficult not to notice that despite the winter chill in the air, green was definitely the theme for the spring list.
The farm to table movement is celebrated in two upcoming picture books. G. Brian Karas’s On the Farm, At the Market (Holt, Apr.) is a celebration of community that shows young readers how foods such as eggs and produce go from the farm to a local café. Meanwhile, the truck that brings produce to the market in Roni Schotter and Julia Kuo’s Go, Little Green Truck! (Farrar, Feb.) worries that he may be replaced. The non-fiction picture book Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future (Farrar, Mar.) by Allan Drummond, is the true story of what happened in Greensburg, KS in 2007—and it has already received an SLJ starred review. Drummond offers scientific information as well as the inspiring true tale of how a community transformed tragedy into innovation. Though spring might be forefront in our minds, Julie Fogliano gives us poems to share the whole year round in When Green Becomes Tomatoes (Roaring Brook, Mar.), with lovely illustrations by Julie Morstad.
Several titles beg the age-old question, which came first—the chicken or the egg? In the case of the spring list, Laura Gehl and Joyce Wan’s Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching (Farrar, Feb.), about a reluctant chick who doesn’t want to come out of her shell, will appear before Lori Mortensen and Nina Victor Crittenden’s Chicken Lily (Holt, Mar.), the tale of a shy chicken working up the courage to participate in a poetry slam. For those who can’t get enough fowl play, Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick-or-Treating hatches in August.
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