Ring in spring with good reads

For LiveWell
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Ahhhh, it’s spring at last! Here are some of our favorite books for little ones and the whole family, to encourage getting outside and appreciating New Hampshire at this very special time. Some books are for gardening, some for exploring, but all seek to inspire and revive the wonder of the natural world in all of us.

Spring Is Here

By Taro Gomi

A sweet little board book with terrific illustrations for your youngest book fan. Takes you through all seasons, with the pleasure of returning, finally, to spring!


By Mary Lyn Ray,
illustrated by Laura Stinger

It’s time to fully embrace mud season. Try this simple classic from beloved New Hampshire writer Mary Lyn Ray, with illustrations from Laura Stringer, that will make every child (and child at heart) want to run outside to experience the full-on pleasure of mud!

The Curious Nature Guide

By Clare Walker Leslie

This is all about rediscovering the wonder of the natural world, especially after enduring a long, cold March; the skies, the plants, the everyday beauty all around us. Take along a child, and a notebook, to share this inspirational little book.

Best of Valley Quest

Edited by Steven Glazer
and Laura Dintino

Along the same vein for inspiring hikes, try the Best of Valley Quest, a collection of treasure hunts to special places in our region, compiled by the good folks from Vital Communities out of White River Junction, Vt. The book has hand-drawn maps, cool clues, and adventurers discover a sign-in box at the end of the trail!

Gardening for Beginners

By Emily Bone and Abigail Wheatley, illustrated by Lisa DeJohn

Usborne Publishing has produced a visually-exciting and information-packed book to get your favorite children outside trying their very own garden bed or helping with yours. It’s never too soon to get them started, and get our gardens going!

The New Hampshire Gardener’s Companion

By Henry Homeyer

This truly is the “Insider’s guide to gardening in the Granite State.” Homeyer is a regular gardening voice on Vermont and New Hampshire Public Radio and the author of four gardening books. This is the just-released second edition of this gardening classic. Required reading for all New Hampshire gardeners.

The Growing Classroom

By Roberta Jaffe and Gary Appel, developed by Life Lab

We can’t end a list of recommended reading for getting outside and enjoying springtime without letting you know about the very best manual for every teacher, full of experiential learning opportunities gathered for over 30 years. This new edition has more than 150 field-tested activities for all grade levels, and all the activities are cross-mapped to the Common Core standards. So inspiring and so practical.

Healing Health Care

By Sen. John Marty

As spring arrives, our nation faces potential changes to our health care delivery. Minnesota has already written the best explanation of universal health care out there. This is the book that has inspired so many New Hampshire doctors and nurses to speak out for true health care for all, without the moneymakers writing the plan.

(Katharine Nevins is co-owner of MainStreet BookEnds of Warner, an independent, family-run, community bookstore since 1998.)