Hi there, spring! Bring on your butterflies, ladybugs, snails, frogs and… super-worms! (AKA, we recommend books for spring-themed ESL lessons!)

For starters

In The Garden. A Flip-the-Flap Book (I Spy With My Little Eye…)   by Richard Powell & Steve Cox

I spy with my little eye something beginning with …

A book written using very simple, repetitive phrases. At the same time – captivating for the little ones, as it is full of guessing games. Take a look!

Main course

The next three books were written by the Master Of Short Stories Starring All Kinds Of Creatures and an Equally Talented Illustrator. Yes, yes, well of course we mean Eric Carle! 🙂 We decided to take a closer look at three of his classic titles: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Grouchy Ladybug and The Very Quiet Cricket.

Let’s start with the true classic, a book that is read by children all over the world (it was translated into 62 languages!). The supply for this one is endless, plus you can buy all kind of merch depicting the most famous insect in the world. And of course by now you know we’re talking about….

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

A week in a life of a caterpillar and its well-balanced diet is probably nothing new to you. But do you know that this book is also available in a pop-up form? The effect is stunning!

Not only will this book fit perfectly into your spring lessons, but also it’s a great addition to any food-related topic or days of the week revisions.

The Grouchy Ladybug

Another Eric Carle’s masterpiece – this time one that we would use with students that are slightly older (primary school and up). You get to know the trials and tribulations of another tiny creature, but this time, however, we accompany it for just one day. This feisty and grouchy ladybug challenges other animals to fight, however, when they are ready to attack, the ladybug states that they are too small to fight with and… runs away. Each of those ‘confrontations’ takes place every hour, which can be extra helpful when talking in class about telling time. Here are some photos of the Polish version of the book:

 

The Very Quiet Cricket

The caterpillar was hungry, the ladybug – grouchy and the cricket is… very quiet. One day it comes out of an egg and sets off on a journey through a meadow. On its way he meets all kinds of creatures that greet him – each in its own, particular way. The cricket tries to answer, but to no avail – he cannot make one sound. It all changes when… (go, go now, read the book!)

What can we practise? Names of animals and different types of greetings (Welcome!; Good morning!; Hello!; Good day!; Hi!; Good afternoon!; How are you!; Good evening! Good night!)

Dessert

One mole Digging A Hole. Julia Donaldson & Nick Sharratt

Very spring-y and very cute book for the (very and not so very) little ones 🙂 Simple, rhyming text, highliting numbers 1-10, colourful uplifting illustrations are some of the greatest assets of the marvellous Donaldson-Sharratt collaboration. Plus, there’s a CD on which they turn this book into a song!

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Other books that can go well with your spring-related lessons:

  • Who’s in the Garden? Phillis Gershator
Who’s in the Garden?

  • Superworm. Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Superworm

Which books are on your spring list?

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