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Cherry blossom books for kids

  (National Geographic)

Cherry Blossoms: The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival” by Ann McClellan, age 10 and older. $30.

Cherry Blossoms Say Spring” by Jill Esbaum; age 4 and older. $5.95

These two books from National Geographic capture all the beauty and fun and joy that cherry blossom season means for the Washington area.

(National Geographic)

“Cherry Blossoms” is really a book for all ages. In addition to wonderful photographs of the trees in bloom, there are also some great historic photos showing how Washingtonians in the 1920s and ’30s quickly came to enjoy the trees. There’s even a map showing other places around the country where you can enjoy cherry trees. But really, why would you go anywhere but Washington to enjoy the natural explosion of pink?

“Cherry Blossoms Say Spring” is for kids who are just starting to read but who would like to know a little bit of the history behind the beautiful trees. The type is large, and the words are easy to read. But mostly, the pictures are just beautiful.

If you’d like to know more about Eliza Scidmore, the woman most responsible for bringing the cherry trees to Washington, check out “Eliza’s Cherry Trees,” which KidsPost reviewed last year. It’s perfect for age 6 and older, and it tells the story of how one woman refused to give up on her dream to make the nation’s capital even more beautiful.

— Tracy Grant

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