And Then It's Spring

Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

And Then It's Spring

Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

First you have brown,

all around you have brown

then there are seeds

and a wish for rain…

Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they’ve had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait . . . and wait . . . until at last, the brown becomes a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way.

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  • “This seemingly real-time experience of getting to green is a droll, wistful ode to the stamina behind wanting, will, and perseverance.”

    School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

  • “In an understated and intimate partnership, Fogliano and Stead conjure late winter doldrums and the relief of spring’s arrival, well worth the wait.”

    Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

  • “This sweet seedling will undoubtedly take root and thrive.”


  • “Fogliano’s poetic yet grounded narrative is reminiscent of Charlotte Zolotow’s picture-book texts in its understatement and straightforward, childlike observations…As for the illustrations, there’s no sophomore slump for Stead: her second book is even better than her 2011 Caldecott winner, A Sick Day for Amos McGee (rev. 5/10).”

    Horn Book Magazine, STARRED REVIEW

  • “A first-time author and the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2011) team up in this beautiful ode to a patient gardener.”

    Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

  • “Boston Globe – Horn Book Award, Honor Books, Washington Post Best Books of the Year, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Ezra Jack Keats New Author Award, IRA Teachers’ Choices, Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, ME Cream of the Crop Master List, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Master List, BCCB Recommended Title”