50 Best Picture Books About Spring For Kids (In 2023)
Use this best books about spring list to teach kids or read about spring for fun. There is something for every reader on this list!
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Check out the table of contents to find books for your child’s age as well as reading tips and fun spring activities.
Spring Books For Toddlers
Spring picture books for toddlers often include flaps and touch and feel textures. These encourage sensory exploration and help build fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
During reading, encourage your toddler or preschooler to hold and touch the book as much as possible.
After reading, try these easy sensory activities to extend learning.
- Use play dough to make trees, flowers, bees, and other signs of spring.
- Explore playing in dirt or sand.
- Go on a nature hunt to look and listen for the signs of spring.
- Make a simple spring sensory bin with rice, scoopers, and plastic easter eggs.
1. Spring In The Forest: Deluxe Lift-a-Flap & Pop-Up Seasons Children’s Board Book by Rusty Finch (Ages 1-3)
*5 Stars on Amazon
Your toddler will enjoy learning all about springtime in the forest with this interactive lift-a-flap board book featuring a mama deer and her little fawn.
2. Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Schertle (Ages 1-3)
*#1 New York Times Best-selling little blue truck
Come along with Little Blue Truck and his friend toad as they go for a ride on a bright spring day. They will meet some friends along the way!
3. A Little Book About Spring by Leo Lionni (Ages 0-3)
This colorful book by author Leo Lionni is the perfect board book to help young children explore the sights and sounds of spring.
4. Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert (Ages 1-4)
Young children will learn about the colors of the rainbow as they watch plants grow in this classic toddler board book about spring.
5. Welcome Spring by Jill Ackerman (Ages 2-3)
Cuddle up with your little one and enjoy reading about all the things that come with spring including wind and rain!
Get Welcome Spring here!
6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s First Spring by Eric Carle (Ages 1-2)
* #1 Best Seller in Children’s Books on Seasons
Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar and explore the sights, smells, and sounds of spring.
7. Bright Baby Touch and Feel Spring Book by Roger Priddy (Ages 1-3)
Each page of this touch and feel board book has something for your toddler to experience with their hands while learning about the concepts and vocabulary of springtime.
8. I Am A Bunny By Ole Risom (Ages 1-3 Books About Spring)
Adventure along with Nicholas the bunny as he explores nature throughout the different seasons. This board book has been a favorite classic for over 50 years.
9. Color Wonder Hooray for Spring! by Chieu Anh Urban (Ages 1-4)
Did you hear?
Spring brings Purple
Flap and cheer.
Explore the colors of spring flowers with this hands-on board book!
10. Little Green Frog & Little Yellow Bee: 2 pack A Lift-A-Flap Book Set by Giner Swift (Ages 1-4)
*Our family’s favorite spring board book!
Your child will enjoy meeting Little Green Frog and Little Yellow Bee and all of the friends that live around them. These board books are perfect for small hands. They have sturdy flaps that surprise your little one and make him laugh!
Best Spring Books For Preschoolers (Books About Spring)
Kids ages 3, 4, and 5 will enjoy the spring books for preschoolers on this list. Encourage kids to read along with you and help you hold the book.
Point to the words as you read and ask your child what they loved about that story when you finish a book.
11. Singing In The Rain by Tim Hopgood (Ages 2-5)
I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain, Oh, what a glorious feeling!
Share this book and classic song with your preschooler as they jump in puddles and joyfully enjoy the rain!
12. Spring is Here: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand (Ages 2-4)
Mole is determined to wake his friend Bear from his sleep so they can welcome springtime together. Simple words and repetitive text make this a great read aloud for young kids.
13. I See Spring by Charles Ghigna (Ages 2-4)
Celebrate spring and its wonders with simple rhyming text and colorful illustrations.
<<Read I See Spring here!>>
14. Worm Weather by Jean Taft (Ages 2-4)
Splish, Splash, rainy days are fun for kids and worms! Preschool age kids love this cute read aloud.
15. When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes (Ages 2-4)
*Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honor author
Read about the changing of the season and what happens as spring makes its appearance in this beautiful picture book for young children.
16. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner (Ages 2-5)
*Part of the Over and Under Series (5 books)
Journey along with a young girl and her grandmother as they plan, plant, and harvest a garden. Readers will also explore what happens down in the dirt in this book.
17. The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall (Ages 1-4)
Read along as a honeybee buzzes from flower to flower in this beautiful picture book.
18. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle (Ages 2-6 Books About Spring)
Don’t miss this story of the life cycle of a flower by beloved author Eric Carle.
19. Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn (Ages 2-4)
*5 stars on Amazon
Lola decides to plant a garden of her own after reading garden poems. She and her mother set off to buy seeds, dig and plant. Will Lola be able to wait for her flowers to grow?
Read to find out what she does in the meantime!
20. And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano (Ages 2-4)
When a young boy and his dog decide they’ve had enough of winter, they plant a garden and wait for spring to appear. Read this sweet story here.
Books About Spring For Kindergarten
Next, Kindergarten and first grade kiddos will love these picture books about spring.
Spring reading activities for this age include:
- Make a list of spring words and point out vocabulary words that appear in the books you are reading.
- Help your child write simple sentences using their spring words list and illustrate their favorite part of the story.
- Take a nature walk and look for springtime things. Make a collage with your collection and write about it.
21. Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson (Ages 2-7)
* 5 Stars on Amazon
Fletcher the fox is enjoying the warmth of spring. When he discovers that snowflakes are falling, he wonders if winter is returning yet again.
This a great springtime read aloud for at home or in the classroom!
22. What Can You See in Spring? by Sian Smith (Ages 4-6)
What can you see in Spring? Read this nonfiction text to discover what happens in this season. Simple text and photographs engage and help early readers to read along.
23. Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Kenard Pak (Ages 2-5)
Adventure along with a boy and his dog as they take a walk through nature, welcome in spring, and say good-bye to winter. Spring is coming!
24. National Geographic Kids: Seed to Plant (Ages 2-6)
*Great books to teach concepts
How do plants grow? Young learners can read how plants start as seeds and what they need in order to grow and become plants.
<<Get your copy here!>>
25. Pete the Cat and the Cool Caterpillar (I Can Read Level 1) by James Dean (Ages 2-6)
Pete the Cat has a new friend and he’s a caterpillar! But when his new friend goes missing, Pete has to figure out where he has gone. Pete may be in for a surprise!
Level 1: I Can Read books are perfect for beginning readers!
26. Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson: Books About Spring (Ages 2-5)
*Bestselling picture book!
Too Many Carrots is a loveable picture book for everyone in the family. Rabbit loves carrots…too much! Can his friends help him or will it cause even more trouble?
Enjoy this fun springtime read with your child.
27. Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (Ages 2-6)
*Caldecott Medal-winning picture book and a favorite of millions
Read this classic story of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings as they try to find the perfect place to live in a busy city.
Described as “one of the merriest picture books ever” by The New York Times.
28. Budding Flowers, Breezy Days by Essie Bell (Ages 3-6)
Join a dad and daughter as they explore springtime in the city. Written in rhyme, readers will discover all the possibilities to have a fun day in the spring.
Get your copy here!
Children’s Books About Spring
Next, if you are looking for a spring read aloud or spring story for your elementary age child, try a book from this section which includes both fiction and nonfiction books.
Check out this spring bucket list to have more springtime fun together!
29. Tops And Bottoms by Janet Stevens (Ages 4-8)
*Caldecott Honor Book
Young readers will enjoy this hilarious book about a lazy Bear and a clever Hare. When Hare convinces Bear to split his land into tops and bottoms, it may just be the perfect plan. Or is it?
Read this funny book to see what happens!
30. The Spring Visitors by Karel Hayes (Ages 4-8)
*Part of the acclaimed Visitors series
When this family of bears wake up in the cottage after a long winter’s rest, too much rain makes it difficult to get the cottage ready for it’s human owners. Will the bear family be able to avoid being found out?
31. Let’s Look At Spring by Sarah L. Schuette (Ages 4-8)
Read this short nonfiction text to discuss the signs and changes that happen when it becomes spring.
32. Everything Spring by Jill Esbaum (Ages 4-8 Books About Spring)
In this beautifully photographed book, see baby animals venture out to enjoy the weather as spring appears!
Find it on Amazon here!
33. Nesting by Henry Cole (Ages 4-8 Books About Spring)
Nesting features black and white pictures with blue robin eggs. Follow two robins as they build a nest, lay eggs, and keep them warm until they hatch.
This book introduces science concepts to young children and is perfect for springtime reading.
34. Flower Garden by Eve Bunting (Ages 4-7)
As the weather warms, enjoy a warm picture book that tells the story of a girl and her dad as they make a birthday surprise for mom in a window box flower garden.
35. Velma Gratch & The Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison (Ages 5-7)
On a first-grade field trip to the Butterfly Conservatory, Velma Gratch has a monarch land on her finger and stay for days! Over the course of the butterfly’s life Velma goes from first grader to young scientist!
Read this cute book here!
Books About Spring For Older Readers
Older readers will enjoy chapter books about events that happen in the springtime. Many of these books have spring themes like life cycles and planting gardens, as well as tales of rabbits and other animals.
36. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (Ages 5-9)
*A Newbery Honor Award Winner
Follow a girl, her beloved pig, and his best spider friend as they learn important lessons about friendship and love. Find this book here.
37. The Trumpet Of The Swan by E.B. White (Ages 6-10)
Louis is a trumpeter swan that can’t even make a sound to impress the swan he loves, Serena. He tries everything, but nothing works until his father gets him a real brass trumpet. Will he be able to trumpet his way into Serena’s heart?
Read this class tale of a swan overcoming his obstacles.
38. The Secret Garden: A Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden (Ages 8-12)
In this classic turned graphic novel, 10-year old Mary Lennox is sent to stay with her Uncle Craven. She explores a lost garden and the new world she lives in. As she tends to the overgrown garden, she will discover that she is no longer lonely.
39. The Vanderbeekers And The Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser (Ages 7-12)
*Book 2 of 7: The Vanderbeekers series
The Vanderbeeker children are determined to make a plan to help their upstairs neighbor. They decide to create a healing garden in the middle of Harlem, in spite of the many obstacles they face.
Will they succeed? Read this book to find out!
40. The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman (Ages 10-12)
*New York Public Library Top 10 Best Books of the Year
Readers will enjoy this nonfiction biography of one of the first female entomologists and her passion for insects. Maria Sibylla Merian was one of the first to document the metamorphosis of the butterfly.
41. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Ages 5-12)
Read along with the adventures of Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger in this timeless classic story.
42. A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole: Spring Kids Books (Ages 7-10)
A Nest for Celeste tells the story of a mouse looking for a home. Readers will also learn about the famous naturalist who is known for his paintings of American birds and wildlife.
43. The Adventures of Peter Cottontail by Thornton W. Burgess Seldes (Ages 8+)
*A classic spring book!
The classic tale and adventures of Peter Cottontail will humor and entertain readers in the world of the Green Forest, the Smiling Pool, and the Purple Mountains.
44. The Green Ember by S.D. Smith (Ages 7-11)
*Book 1 of 4: The Green Ember Series
Heather and Picket are rabbits thrown into extraordinary events that threaten to overwhelm the world. Start book one of this fun and engaging series!
Spring Holiday Books for Kids
Spring books included in this section:
- A fun St. Patrick’s day read aloud (check out this fun St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt)
- A book to read on Mother’s Day (find a free printable here)
- May Day books
- Easter books for children
<<Look for non-candy Easter activity ideas here!>>
45. How To Catch A Leprechaun by Adam Wallace (Ages 3-6)
*#1 New York Times and USA Today Bestseller
This is the perfect book to read for St. Patrick’s Day when you want to trap a leprechaun!
Check out these fun St. Patrick’s Day ideas.
46. On the Morn of Mayfest by Erica Silverman (Ages 5-8)
Celebrate May Day with this story of one little girl’s spontaneous Mayfest parade!
47. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman (Ages 1-4)
In this classic book, a baby bird goes in search of his mother. It is a challenge when he doesn’t know what she looks like! This is a fun read for Mother’s Day!
48. Happy Easter, Curious George by R.P. Anderson (Ages 2-4)
Join Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat as they adventure to the park on Easter morning!
49. The Good Egg Presents: The Great Eggscape by Jory John (Ages 4-7)
*A New York Times Bestseller!
The Good Egg is back for a hilarious egg hunt adventure for Easter!
50. Construction Site: Spring Delight by Sherri Duskey Rinker (Ages 2-4)
Easter at the construction site is sure to be busy! This interactive board book will attract truck lovers and families celebrating Easter together.
*See more Easter books to put in boys baskets and girls baskets >>
To Consider With Books About Spring
Hopefully, you have found some books on this list that put you in the mood for the warmth and sun of spring!
Also, check out these great spring activities to do with your family.
And if you are looking for more ways to motivate your kids to read, join our Kids Reading Challenge here! We are reading one book every month this year.
Happy Spring reading!
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