A Spring Reading List – Best Books to Read for Spring 2020

After what seems like the longest winter ever, the sun is shining, and Spring is finally upon us! We’ve sorted a Spring Reading List full of books inspired by flowers, new releases to get stuck into, and some perfect books for Easter. 


Spring Reads

A Floral Fantasy – In An Old English Garden

A Floral Fantasy – In An Old English Garden – Illustrated by Walter Crane is a beautiful book full of whimsical poetry. Set in an English Garden, the touching tale brings to life each beautiful flower, narrating time long since passed, accompanied by the stunning neoclassical-style illustrations from Walter Crane.

A Floral Fantasy – In an old English Garden – Illustrated by Walter Crane

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Language of Flowers – Illustrated by Kate Greenaway

Language of Flowers - Kate Greenaway

A fascinating insight into a bygone era, this wonderfully unique work provides an enchantingly illustrated glossary of The Language of Flowers. It shares the tradition, sparked by renewed Victorian era interest in botany and exotic plants – of using flowers as a means of covert communication. 

The Language of Flowers – Illustrated by Kate Greenaway

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The Flower Book – Illustrated by Maxwell Armfield 

The Flower Book - Illustrated by Maxwell Armfield

The Flower Book is a charming volume, containing poems, stories and anecdotes about the wonderful array of British plants and flowers. It was written by Constance Armfield, and illustrated by Maxwell Armfield, and contains four sections: ‘The Meadows and Coppice’, ‘The Hedge’, ‘The Garden, ‘The Pool’, and The Herb Patch.’ In these sections, one can find stories and drawings regarding Snowdrops, Violets, Daffodils, Primroses, Buttercups, Bluebells, Honeysuckle, Tulips, Roses, Iris, Nasturtium, and many more.

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The Secret Garden – Illustrated by Charles Robinson

The Secret Garden – Illustrated by Charles Robinson

The Secret Garden is the timeless story of Mary Lennox, a sickly girl who is left orphaned and alone when an outbreak of cholera kills her parents and the staff of their home in India. She eventually ends up in Yorkshire with her uncle Archibald Craven and becomes inspired by the curious story of a nearby ‘secret garden’ she hears from a neighbour. A new film adaptation of the tale comes out in April, the perfect amount of time to read the book before the film comes out.

The Secret Garden – Illustrated by Charles Robinson

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New Titles for 2020

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Illustrated by John Tenniel 

Telling the tale of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by surreal and anthropomorphic creatures, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is the best-known work by author Lewis Carroll. It was followed by its sequel, ‘Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There’, in 1871, both books play at the heart of logical problems and literary nonsense – giving the narrative lasting popularity with adults and children alike. We have republished this tale with the original illustrations by John Tenniel in honour of his 200th birthday.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Illustrated by John Tenniel 

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Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There – Illustrated by John Tenniel 

The sequel to Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland, this classic children’s tale sees Alice entering to a fantastical realm after she climbs through a mirror into the world that she can see on the other side. Once there, she realises that, just like a reflection in a mirror, absolutely everything is backwards. We have republished this tale with the original illustrations by John Tenniel in honour of his 200th birthday.

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There – Illustrated by John Tenniel

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Read John Tenniel 200 – Celebrating the Illustrator of Alice in Wonderland here.

 

Books for Easter

A Child’s Garden of Verses – Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

A Child's Garden of Verses - Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith
Containing 65 sweet poems for children, A Child’s Garden of Verses is a book written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Accompanied by the splendid illustrations of Jessie Willcox Smith, it includes much-loved, classic poems such as The Lamplighter and The Swing, making it a perfect gift for a little one.

A Child’s Garden of Verses – illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

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Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales – Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson

Hans Andersens Fairy Tales - Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson

This beautiful book, illustrated by W. Heath Robinson, was originally published in 1913. It is a fantastic collection of seventeen classic fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Stories include, ‘The March King’s Daughter’, ‘The Snow Queen’, ‘The Storks’, ‘The Real Princess’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and more. These classic tales are accompanied by 16 incredible colour illustrations many beautiful and intricate black and white drawings by W. Heath Robinson.

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The Wonder Garden – Nature Myths and Tales From all the World Over – Illustrated by Milo Winter

The Wonder Garden - Milo Winter
This vast collection of over 150 nature myths and tales from all parts of the world, is beautifully illustrated by Milo Winter. It’s 500 pages provide a vast array of stories, including tales of flowers, fairies, dragons, talking birds, magic waters and enchanted forests, that children can revel and delight in.

The Wonder Garden – Nature Myths and Tales From all the World Over – Illustrated by Milo Winter

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The Springtide of Life – Poems of Childhood – Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

Another beautiful collection of children’s poetry, this time from celebrated playwright and English Poet, Algernon Charles Swinburne. This excellent anthology of Swinburne’s verses for children was collected by Edmund Gosse, after his death in 1909. Accompanied by illustrations from the great Arthur Rackham, it is an enchanting read.

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