Books for all year round.
We love books in this house, and none more than beautiful children’s books. I’m so thankful that in this stage of toddlerhood Eilish has an insatiable appetite for books. There’s lots of “more, more” as books are finished, and bedtime could often be eeked out for two, three, four books more.
Seasonal books are a must in this house, and it’s one of our favourite rituals, our way of saying goodbye to the old season and welcoming in the new. Due to the size of our house - and our budget - I favour buying books that are going to have longevity, ones that can be treasured all year round and can become a well-loved and familiar part of our day. So most of our season-specific books are chosen early on and ordered from the library, while I spend our money on a collection of books that encompass nature and the changing seasons the whole year through. There’s something wonderful about being able to open these all months of the year and find a new treasure to uncover on each page, books that can hopefully be enjoyed and pored over for years to come.
These are our very favourite and most loved seasonal books, the ones pulled out most mornings and enjoyed over hot cups of tea together.
A First Book of Nature. Our most well-loved, you can read Nicola Davies’ passion for nature in her words. We love turning the pages on this one and discovering it’s poems, facts and recipes, and opening up a new chapter as each season begins. It’s such a beautiful book.
The Gerda Muller Seasons Gift Collection. We usually have one of these nestled on our seasonal table, and small hands often pull it down to explore. The wordless pages are so wonderfully detailed, and show such a range of different activities that people do each season.
2019 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children's Almanac. I love using this one to explore the month and it’s changes, each month begins with a calendar of celebrations that is so diverse. The illustrations are beautifully inclusive too.
The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2019. As above but for adults. This almanac has lots more information on the moon and it’s phases, what to plant and when, seasonal foods and dishes.
I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year. A brightly illustrated anthology, we don’t always succeed in reading every day’s poem, but it has become a lovely part of our daily rhythm when we are at home. It’s just lovely.
RSPB First Book of Birds. A bit different to the other books on here, I love shoving this handbook in our bag before we go out, and use it to identify birds we see. It’s something that I’m hoping to share with Eilish as she grows, and to educate myself a little better too. I also have my eye on their pond life one too.
Out and About: A First Book of Poems. This book gives me all the warm fuzzy feelings - like all of Shirley Hughes - as it reminds me so much of my own childhood. It’s asked for often in our house, and is a delightful collection of poems split into seasons.
Around the Year. More poetry, but this time a poem for each month. I love reading this one at the start of every month to welcome it in.
If you’re looking for more inspiration for spring, The Family Collective Guide to Spring is still available to buy. I wrote it to share with you the joy of celebrating each season, and it’s full of things to do, celebrations to enjoy and nature to explore, all to take the work out of planning carefully curated seasonal activities and to give you the tools to create a little bit of everyday magic for your family over the next few months. You can buy the guide here. I’m so pleased to see some of you enjoying the guide with your families.