Wake Up Woodlands


By: Karen Jameson

Illustrated by: Marc Boutavant

Published: March 5, 2024

Publisher: Chronicle Kids


Even though the calendar says Spring has arrived, it doesn’t quite feel like it here yet, especially with snow in the forecast. But, all around us, we do see signs of Spring…robins in the yard, crocus blooming, and bugs starting to wake up from their hiding places.

With an ode to morning as well as Spring, Jameson encourages us to Wake Up! With a rhyming scheme, she encourages the tiny mouse to scamper, a bee to blossom-hop, a bear to catch trout, and frogs to splash about. All this is happening as friends are gathering for a special spring celebration in the woods.

Wake Up Woodlands page spread

The green grass, the wildflowers, and the adorable waking animals bring life to the pages and remind us of the joys of springtime. Whether you are encouraging your child to wake up and greet the day with a smile or want to teach them about animals that hibernate, or about the beauty of Spring, you’ll want to read this book. It is sure to put a spring in your step and make your child excited to watch for all the fun signs of spring in your neighborhood.

Karen Jameson is a children’s author, poet, teacher, and literacy advocate. She has become a favorite children’s author for me. Be sure to check out her books FARM LULLABY and WHERE THE WEE ONES GO. She lives and works in Southern California.

Marc Boutavant has illustrated a wide range of books and games. His work has also appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker. He lives in Paris, France. Check out Marc’s work in BARKUS: The Most Fun.

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