Our 3 Favorite Books to Read Year Round

As the year is coming to a close, I wanted to share our three books that we have by our nature table and seasonal book area all year. They each present the year in a different way~ through nature, farm life, or silly rhymes. We love reading these over and over throughout the year!  Commentary by Lucy (age 4) in green.


The Year At Maple Hill Farm by Alice & Martin Provensen

This is one of my favorite books! I love how it goes through the seasons and months and how the seasonal changes affect animals and life on a farm.  (They also have Our Animal Friends At Maple Hill Farm which  is equally wonderful).

“It’s a really good book because it shows you what happens in all the months with the animals.”


Around the Year: A Picture Book by Elsa Beskow

Cute little poems about each month of the year. I adore the illustrations!

“It’s good because it tells you the months of the year. And it has a poem about months at the beginning. And it also has a poem about the hours that’s silly.”


Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak

This is a fun little book which we love reading together~ lots of rhyming! Lucy always chimes in at the end of each page when we read the chicken soup with rice verses.

“It’s good because the boy eats chicken soup and it’s healthy and he loves it. My favorite part is when the he’s a bird with chicken soup with rice in his nest.”


I know there must be more great books about the year out there. I would love to hear your favorites! This is definitely one of our book collections that needs to grow!

If you enjoyed this post, you may also be interested in these previous posts~
1. Fall Books We Love
2. Fall Nature Table
3. Calendars
4. Learning to Read: Intro and Part 1- Make Books Accessible
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6 Responses to Our 3 Favorite Books to Read Year Round

  1. Oh, I love all of these books so much! I love all of Beskow’s books, too. Thanks for linking up to The Children’s Bookshelf.

  2. Brittney says:

    We have the Maple Hill Farm books…I need to get those off the shelf and read them again!

  3. Marissa says:

    Chicken Soup with Rice has been a favorite of mine for years! I’d love for you link up with my Cozy Book Hop sometime


  4. Christy says:

    I’ve never heard of these. I’ll have to check them out! Thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday.

  5. annettemarie says:

    Oh my gosh, I have such great memories of staging Chicken Soup with Rice from Really Rosie as a kid!

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