Springtime brings fun reads for children

It’s kids’ books week!

Preschool and kindergarteners can enjoy a story perfect for springtime “Chicks!” by Sandra Horning with illustrations by Jon Goodell (Random House, $3.99.)

In this easy-to-read book, two kids go to the farm and pick up some chicks. They take them home and put them in a brooder to take care of. The chicks grow new feathers and can soon fly out of the brooder. So the family builds them a chicken coop. The chicks grow up to be chickens and the family soon builds them nesting boxes for them to lay eggs. This is a good book to show how little animals grow up to be big animals.

From Brian Briggs’ “Everything Goes” series comes “Henry On Wheels” (HarperCollins, $16.99.)

Henry is excited to take his first bike ride alone, even if it is only around the block. Henry soon sees a lot of vehicles with wheels, like a hot dog cart, a mixer, a group of kids on bikes, a bulldozer and a dump truck and even an ice cream truck! He can’t wait to show his mother! For emerging readers, this is a good “action” book.

A sweet potato goes on the search for a place to belong in Amy Beth Bloom’s “Little Sweet Potato” with illustrations by Noah Z. Jones (HarperCollins, $16.99.)

One day, the farmer on the tractor shakes little sweet potato loose from the sweet potato patch and he lands somewhere new. The carrots don’t like him because he is lumpy, dumpy and bumpy. Little Sweet Potato can’t believe how mean they are. He finds another group of vegetables, the eggplants, who won’t accept him either. The flowers don’t think he’s pretty, the grapes stick together, no one seems very friendly. And just when he feels completely alone, he finds the HodgePodge Patch, a group of vegetables who are accepting! This is a good story about acceptance that kids of all ages should read.

Another lesson in spending, earning and saving comes from “Pretty Penny: Makes Ends Meet” by Devon Kinch (Random House, $16.99.)

When Penny’s grandma’s basement floods and adds another expense to her budget, Penny gets the idea to help by making jewelry to sell. But you have to spend money on supplies, so Penny gets out her spending wallet to buy items at the craft store. She spends days making jewlery, and then opens the Primo Trunk Show. Neighbors and friends come in to buy. But first she has to subtract the money she spent from the money earned. Will it be enough? This is a good series to start teaching children about saving/spending.