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Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

Spring is the season of rebirth, of growth, of tentatively coming out of one’s long winter hibernation to connect with the outside world once again. Many of us see flowers as the first real signs of spring — here in the midwest, it’s with the beginning buds of the crocuses, pushing their way through the still-hard ground and making room for themselves amid still-lingering snow.

Of course, it’s not just the flowers that tell us spring is near. It’s also the wealth of fauna coming back from long winter breaks. Where the fall fauna are preparing for their time of rest, spring fauna bursts forward with energy aplomb. Whether you love a good baby bunny sighting or enjoy the spring chirps of newly hatched birds, the season has so much to offer.

Readers can enjoy this season with plenty of festive bookish fauna, too. Find below a range of fun goods for book lovers who also love spring animals, including notebooks, bookmarks, clothing, and more. Lean into all things spring and add some cute animal flair to your every day life.

Flora more your jam? Never fear: you can snag some great pressed flower bookmarks or go the DIY route and make your own pressed flower bookmarks.

Fall for Bookish Fauna

Image of a white person wearing a cream colored shirt. The shirt has a frog reading beneath a toadstool. It's a retro color scheme and has in retro font the words "reading opens up a new world."

The vintage/retro feel of this shirt is trendy and classic at the same time. I’d sit beneath a toadstool with Mr. Frog and read, wouldn’t you? $24

Image of an ex libris stamp with a squirrel on it..

Keep track of your personal library with this custom squirrel ex libris stamp. $23 and up.

Image of a metal rabbit reading a book.

As you plan your garden, be it in a container or in your yard, why not add some bookish flair? This metal reading bunny would be perfect. $36

Image of a gold plated locket with a blue bird on it. The locket is designed to look like a vintage book.

Your spring style will get a big upgrade with this locket in the style of a vintage book. You can choose from a couple of different color options for the bird. $80

Image of a book standing on its edge. On the top edge are two butterfly bookmarks.

The season of transformation really shines through with these three-dimensional butterfly bookmarks. Use them to keep your page or as a way to create some really pretty bookish decor. $4

Image of a white hand holding an acrylic keychain. It has a black background and gold coloring. The keychain features an open book and a bee and reads "I'd rather bee reading."

Your keys will be abuzz with this bee keychain. $6

Image of a cream colored notebook with a green letter pressed raccoon on the cover.

I relate to this cute but grumpy raccoon on a deeply spiritual level. If you’re looking for a handmade letter press notebook, look no further! $15

Image of a pair of butterfly earrings made from used book pages.

Don a pair of butterfly earrings made from the pages of an old book. $17 and up.

Image of three book sleeves in a blue pattern, featuring leopards.

While blue leopards may not be common fauna in your neck of the woods (or anywhere), these blue leopard book sleeves scream spring. $12

Set of two black metal bookends featuring birds on a branch. They're holding up cookbooks in the image.

I love the idea of using seasonal bookends, like these bird bookends, to hold up cookbooks or other small collections in a visible space in your home. $34

Many differently shaped book page holders line the gutter of a book in a rainbow of colors.

Choose from birds, foxes, and many other fun fauna thumb page holders. $10 and up.

Image of a white hand holding a leather, laser-cut bookmark in the shape of a bee.

Keep your space safe with this laser cut leather bee bookmark. $8, with some color options.

Image of a black bookmark featuring gold foil moths in the center of an open book.

And finally, one more bookmark, because how gorgeous is this gold foil moth design? $6 and up.