Yesterday (20 March) was the Spring Equinox, the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
After the cold, short days of winter, our days are set to get longer, brighter and milder.
To celebrate the start of spring, we have considered some springtime reads for you and your family to enjoy this season.
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
When orphaned Mary, goes to live at her uncle's great house in the Yorkshire moors, she is spoilt and ungrateful.
Over time Mary begins to soften, and her attitude and health improve as she starts to make friends and explore the grounds of the house, in particular the gardens.
Then, one day, with the help of a friendly robin, Mary discovers a key and a door to a secret garden, which has been completely forgotten for years.
And then it's spring by Julie Fogliano
A book for the younger readers with wonderful illustrations. Following a cold winter, a young boy and his dog decide to plant a beautiful garden. They dig, they plant, they play and they wait.
Until at last, the brown soil begins to change colour, the first sign that spring has finally arrived.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
A great springtime book which will immerse you into nature. Through reading The Wind in the Willows you'll explore the delights of the river bank and woods with friends, Toad, Badger, Rat and Mole, and follow them on their crazy adventures.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables is a children's classic and features on the Kumon Recommended Reading List. It follows the story of Anne, an 11-year-old girl, who is mistakenly sent to live with elderly siblings, the Cuthberts, at their farm, Green Gables.
The Cuthberts were expecting a young man from the orphanage who could assist on the farm, but Anne's charm quickly wins them over, and her spirited personality breathes a new lease of life into Green Gables.
Spring is a season for growth, rejuvenation, and new beginnings, so these books are a perfect choice to brighten your days and put a spring in your step!