Book of the Week: If You Want to See a Whale

Book of the Week: If You Want to See a Whale

Images and text by Carter.

That wondrous time when spring slips into summer ripples through If You Want to See a Whale. Julie Fogliano and Caldecott-winning Erin Stead are a stunning duo. Do you remember And Then It’s Spring? This one is just as magical.

Because if you want to see a whale, you’ll need an ocean, a cozy chair, and some time for waiting and watching and wishing. And you have to be careful to not notice the little green things inching nibble scoot among the leaves.


You’ll love this one. The art is sublime and the words are a whisper. It’s a little early for me to pick Caldecott favorites, but this is one to watch. And while you’re waiting, you might even see a whale if you wish hard enough!

5 thoughts on “Book of the Week: If You Want to See a Whale”

  1. I love it when you do book suggestions. Books are my favorite gifts to give to our younger nieces and nephews. I’d love to see blog posts about books for the older kids….my boys are voracious readers so we are always on the hunt for book ideas for ages 9 and up.

  2. Oh my gosh, I absolutely LOVED the book And Then It’s Spring! I read it to my pre-k class and we just ogled the illustrations. And the words were so beautiful. I’m so excited to check this out!

  3. I just borrowed And Then It’s Spring! from the local library. Beautiful illustrations and will read it at summer camp tomorrow to a group of 4/5 year olds.

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