Through the Year(s) with Books

The concept of time can be hard to grasp when you are only a handful or so years old.  However, there are some amazing picture books with great story lines that help convey the concept of time to youngsters.  I've compiled a listing of our favorite books from our very own shelves, that help develop a sense of time. 

Books Spanning One Year of Time

Trace time and seasons with the farm animals of The Year at Maple Hill Farm, by Alice and Martin Provensen.

Written by Harriet Ziefert, this year long story follows Anna and her mother as they resourcefully get A New Coat for Anna.

The story of the Ox-Cart Man, by Donald Hall, spans a year in the life of a hard working New Hampshire family of the nineteen century.

A more whimsical tale is found in Frog and Toad All Year, by Arnold Lobel.  We are always amused by the mishaps and adventures of these two lovable friends.

Filled with folk art and memoir excerpts of Grandma Moses, The Year with Grandma Moses, by W. Nikola-Lisa transports the reader to a simpler era filled.

Books Spanning Multiple Years

The Keeping Quilt 

The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton, tells an endearing tale of urbanization through the eyes of a little home on a hill.

Generations are tied together with The Keeping Quilt in the story by Patricia Polacco.

Then and Now, an Usborne book by Heather Amery uses places of interest to demonstrate change over time.  Readers visually observe the changes through time to stores, countryside, home life, and railroad stations.

Ever wonder what changes are brought about when a farm is left idle?  Find out how over many years, an unused farm turns into a forest while reading McCrephy's Field, by Christopher A. Myers and Lynne Born Myers.

Linked to Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the Word


  1. What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing these thematic resources! A few of these titles are new to me.

  2. I'm familiar with some of these titles, but the only stories I've read are Frog and Toad's. They are dear friends of mine too! My favorite story is "Cookies," from Frog and Toad Together.


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