A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.
Spring is finally here! Time to frolic with lambs, gorge on Easter eggs, and spend long days reading amongst the daffodils. Here are my top five book recommendations to get you in the mood.
For me, the book that instantly springs (haha!) to mind when thinking of Spring is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This children’s classic is filled with blooming flowers, twittering birds, and an appreciation for nature. Its regeneration theme is perfect for this time of year.
If The Secret Garden prompts you to get green-fingered, Abi Elphinstone’s The Dreamsnatcher will make you want to explore the wild side of the outdoors. A vivid adventure story, it’ll have you shaking off the last of the Winter blues to climb trees with your friends, run through forests, and search for your very own wildcat sidekick.
It wouldn’t be Spring without mountains of chocolate and hot cross buns. The Murder Most Unladylike series is about murders and sleuthing, but also contains (perhaps more importantly) numerous mouth-watering accounts of 1930s cakes and delicacies. If you need treat inspiration this Easter, look for author Robin Stevens on social media and the hashtag #bunbreak.
What with all those flowers and chocolate, Spring is a time for romance. The Next Together is about a romance so powerful, it survives multiple centuries and reincarnations. Lauren James’s debut is both swoony and action-packed, and is a great read for these lengthening evenings.
As evidenced by all the lambs, chicks and baby animals, Spring is the season when a lot of life on the planet decides to…you know…do the deed. Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivision effectively covers the expectations and realities of getting frisky, whilst also being a hilariously entertaining read. (Okay, okay, I was running out of Spring-book ideas.)
What books will you be reading this Spring?
Kendra Leighton is a YA author represented by Lutyens & Rubinstein Literary Agency. Glimpse, her debut novel, is a modern ghost story inspired by Alfred Noyes’ poem ‘The Highwayman’. It was published in 2014 by Constable & Robinson.