We didn't think Spring was ever going to get here! It has decided to slip in slowly this year with plenty of April showers and chilly days, yet it is unmistakably unfolding. Spring brings to mind new beginnings—the return of green growing things and busy winged things. Our April Recommended Reading List is a potpourri of nature-inspired titles for adults and kids. Grab one and perhaps bring it outdoors with your favorite cuppa to enjoy in the fresh air.
Butterflies, Bugs and Flowers
The Runaway Dandelion: Adventures in SustainAbility by Jill Regensburg (As the title suggests, this contemporary fable helps young readers appreciate the interwoven connections between themselves and the natural world around them.)
If I Was a Caterpillar by Ben Jackson (Join this adorable caterpillar on his journey of discovery that reinforces the message to youngsters that they can do anything they imagine.)
The Frightened Little Flower Bud by Reneé Paule (The frightened little flower bud is afraid to unfurl and risk the elements in this tale of overcoming the fears that can hold us back, aimed at young readers.)
The Butterfly Adventure and Backyard Butterflies Coloring Book by Nancy Lorraine (Leaving the familiar comfort of home, two young butterflies venture out to the larger world and discover new friends of all kinds in this beautifully illustrated children's book. Budding lepidopterists will enjoy learning about and coloring butterflies and their favorite flowers in the companion coloring book.)
Bunnies, Birds and Puddles
A Duck Named Goose by Katherine Bartlett (The story of a little white duck who longs to fly, inspired by the author's real-life Pekin duck. Young readers will enjoy this delightful picture book about never giving up on your dreams.)
But You Don't Look Like Me by Dolores T. Burton (A lonely barn owl and a family of burrowing owls are the stars of this tale that teaches kids that friendship transcends perceived differences.)
The Birds and the Water Puddle by Vivekkant Kapoor (A colorful, fun, and funny read-aloud book on the power of sunny thinking.)
Breaking Away by Cory Groshek (Book One of the Rabylon series is a fantasy adventure reminiscent of "Watership Down", The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and "Animal Farm", that encourages young people to trust their abilities to create the life they dream of.)
Flowers, Fungi and Trees
Ghost Orchid by D.K. Christi (A rare and mystical orchid is the central character around which this tale of love, lies, and redemption unfolds.)
The Talking Tree by Andrew Voss (A psychological thriller in which a young man grapples with the threat of encroaching mental illness or the very real possibility that the tree in his yard is talking to him.)
Bloom: Or, the Unwritten Memoir of Tennyson Middlebrook by Martin Kee (Bloom is not a flower but a parasitic fungus that feeds on minds and memories in this original dark fantasy about a "feh" creature and a storyteller who must risk all to save his love.)
So concludes our April Recommended Reading List. These are but a few of the indie books available in our BookShop. There are offerings in every genre and you can browse by category so check it out and support your fellow authors' work. Or, nominate a favorite of your own for an upcoming list in the comments below.
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