KidLit Crafts & Activities for Spring Time

Spring Has Sprung!

Flowers are Blooming!
Birds are Singing!
Rabbits are Hopping!

Celebrate Spring by Reading, Crafting, and Sharing Book Activities with Friends!

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With lyrical text, enchanting illustrations, and a beautiful fold-out scene to complete the story, this award-winning picture book takes you on a journey through the seasons and years as you follow a seed’s transformation from a seedling to a sapling, then a young tree, until it becomes a large tree with its branches and roots filling the page.

As the tree grows, it is joined by well-loved woodland creatures—squirrels and rabbits, butterflies and owls—who make it their home. A rhyming poem builds page on-page, echoing the rings of a growing tree. The story culminates with a foldout page showing a mature tree shedding seeds to continue the beautiful cycle of life. At the back, find the full poem and facts about the specific tree, a sycamore.

Beautiful and evocative, It Starts With a Seed is a factual story that will touch children with its simple, enchanting message of life and growth.

A 2018 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students: K-12 (National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Book Council)

Plant Your Own Seeds Activity from

 

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We all know robins have red breasts. But what else do we know?

—How many eggs does the mom robin lay?

—How long until the eggs hatch?

—How big is a newborn baby robin?

—How old are robins when they leave their nest?

—How do little robins learn to fly?

—How do they learn to find food?

—Who are their predators?

You will find the answers to these questions—and more— as two young robins tell their story of growing up and learning to fend for themselves.

Visit Author Eileen Christelow’s Websitfor ACTIVITIES

Make A Map!

Write a Story

 

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In Maryrose Wood’s stunning middle-grade novel, Alice’s Farm, a brave young rabbit must work with her natural predators to save her farmland home and secretly help the farm’s earnest but incompetent new owners.

When a new family moves into Prune Street Farm, Alice and the other cottontails are cautious. The new owners are from the city; the family and their dog are not at all what the rabbits expect, and soon Alice is making new friends and doing things no rabbit has done before. When she overhears a plan by a developer to run the family off and bulldoze the farm, Alice comes up with a plan, helped by the farmer’s son, and other animals, including a majestic bald eagle.

Here is a stunning celebration of life, the bitter and the sweet. Alice is some rabbita character readers will love for generations to come.

Make a Cute Stuffed Rabbit!

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Once
In a big city called New York
In a bustling neighborhood
There was an empty lot.
Nevaeh called it the haunted garden.

Harlem Grown tells the inspiring true story of how one man made a big difference in a neighborhood. After seeing how restless they were and their lack of healthy food options, Tony Hillery invited students from an underfunded school to turn a vacant lot into a beautiful and functional farm. By getting their hands dirty, these kids turned an abandoned space into something beautiful and useful while learning about healthy, sustainable eating and collaboration.

Five years later, the kids and their parents, with the support of the Harlem Grown staff, grow thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables a year. All of it is given to the kids and their families. The incredible story is vividly brought to life with Jessie Hartland’s “charmingly busy art” (Booklist) that readers will pore over in search of new details as they revisit this poignant and uplifting tale over and over again.

Harlem Grown is an independent, not-for-profit organization. The author’s share of the proceeds from the sale of this book goes directly to Harlem Grown.

Download Harlem Grown Activity Guide from Simon & Schuster

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For fans of Too Many Carrots, this hilarious picture book follows a rabbit who’s in for a big surpriseit’s no longer an only child!

Rabbit loves having everything—its flower, carrots, and stretching area—to itself. But then one day Rabbit’s parents have BIG news . . . Rabbit now has siblings! Thankfully, the fox next door loves having rabbits around. Maybe she can help?

In the tradition of books like Wolfie the Bunny, author-illustrator—and sister to MANY siblings—Lorna Scobie crafts a gleeful picture book in Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit! that tackles the evergreen dilemma of older siblings who must learn to share and give up solitude in exchange for the love and warmth of siblinghood. Which, as it turns out, is actually fantastic.

Download Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit! Activity Kit from Macmillan

MEGAN CAHILL-ASSENZA – is from Northport, NY, and a recent Children’s Literature Fellow from Stony Brook University. A writer, filmmaker, and animal lover, Megan is pursuing a career in children’s literature. She currently works in the Academic Tutoring Center at Suffolk County Community College.
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