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Spring is Here (Bear & Mole Series)

Appearance Date: School Days 2023

Mole can smell that spring is in the air, but Bear is still asleep after his long winter nap!

Excitedly he taps on the window and knocks on the door– he even tries playing a trumpet to wake his friend so they can celebrate together.  But Bear keeps snoozing.

But Mole is determined, so he milks and gathers and bakes a special springtime surprise for his friend– the perfect way to wake up!

A perfect read-aloud, full of simple sound-words and lots of repetition, Spring is Here is ideal to share with young readers to celebrate the changing of the seasons.  Cozy mixed-media illustrations of big, fuzzy, dozing bear and his eager mole friend add detail and humor to the tale.

Meet the Author

Will Hillenbrand

WILL HILLENBRAND is a celebrated children’s author and illustrator whose published works include over 70 books. He uses a combination of traditional drawing methods and direct impression media to create his magical illustrations.

Will has lived almost all his life in Cincinnati where he grew up as the youngest of four boys. He was the first Illustrator and Author in Residence at Kent State University at Kent Campus from 2017-2019. He is a member of the National Advisory Board at the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum in Findlay.

Information about his books, selected readings, art process videos and activity ideas can be viewed at Connect with Will at