And Then It's Spring (Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards)) by Julie Fogliano and Erin Stead (Feb 14, 2012)
This is a wonderfully, fantastical book... Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they've had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait . . . and wait . . . until at last, the brown becomes a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way.
Julie Fogliano's tender story of anticipation is brought to life by the distinctive illustrations Erin E. Stead, recipient of the 2011 Caldecott Medal.
And Then It's Spring is one The Washington Post's Best Kids Books of 2012.
One of Kirkus Reviews' Best Children's Books of 2012