Top 25 Spring Books for Kids

There’s nothing like feeling the first signs of spring. The sun warming your skin. The sound of birdsong in the morning. Blooming flowers brightening a routine walk. For preschoolers who have only experienced this phenomenon a few times, it’s the perfect opportunity to tap into their curiosity about the transformations taking place around them. At our house, this means new spring books for the kids.

Whether at home or in the classroom, there’s nothing like a good story to draw our attention to the special things happening in nature all around us. Time to celebrate the magic of spring!

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IN THIS POST WE SHARE OUR FAVORITE BOOKS ABOUT:

5 SPRING BOOKS FOR KIDS ABOUT SEASONAL TRANSFORMATION

What does spring mean to young children? Introduce them to the excitement that comes with nature’s awakening with these engaging and informational stories about the arrival of spring.

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring - a boy and his dog walking on a hill. A winter spring is behind him and green trees and grasses are in front of him.

GOODBYE WINTER, HELLO SPRING

By Kenard Pak

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring is a simple story about a boy and his dog saying goodbye to the cold dark days of winter as they welcome the new signs of spring. Kenard Pak’s seasonal series is a fun and easy way to introduce each new season to young children.

It's Spring Book cover - photographed cut paper, a boy looking up at a bird with it's next and chicks in the tree

IT’S SPRING!

By Linda Glaser, illustrated by Susan Swan

Swan’s gorgeous cut-paper illustrations immediately make It’s Spring! stand out from the crowd. The art in this book always inspires me to create something of my own. In addition to this being a wonderful story, it can also serve as inspiration to introduce spring art projects that go beyond classic paper-based projects like tissue paper blossoms.

And Then It's Spring book cover - a boy and his dog, pulling a wagon full of garden supplies

AND THEN IT’S SPRING

By Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Released to wide acclaim in 2012, And Then It’s Spring is a simple and sweet book that draws you in with the characters’ hopeful wait for spring to arrive. It’s a great read-aloud and the perfect accompaniment to spending time in a garden with children in early spring.

When Spring Comes book cover - three bunnies looking up at a bird in the blossoms

WHEN SPRING COMES

By Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek

When Spring Comes is a sweet story about the way that the world transforms with the arrival of spring. From trees transformed by colorful blossoms and an egg becoming a bird, this is a fitting read-aloud for young children whose perspective on time and seasonal change is so different than our own.

Abracadabra, It's Spring! book cover - bright vivid colors, a bird landing among blossoms

ABRACADABRA, IT’S SPRING! (SEASONAL MAGIC)

By Anne Sibley O’Brien, illustrated by Susan Gal 

Abracadabra, It’s Spring! is one of four Seasonal Magic books that share each season’s transformations through the language of magic. The beautiful illustrations and gatefolds add to the fun of reading this book aloud to preschoolers and kindergarteners.

5 SPRING BOOKS FOR KIDS ABOUT SPRINGTIME WEATHER

Soaked! Book Cover - a grumpy looking bear in the rain with animals on his head and shoulder, one holding an umbrella

SOAKED!

Written and illustrated by Abi Cushman

Who likes to play in the rain? In Soaked!, the hula-hooping moose is all in, but Bear is still grumpy. Reading this unconventional rainy day story is sure to elicit a giggle or two from young audiences. Anyone shying away from getting wet will want to splish- splosh in the puddles in no time.

Little Cloud book cover - a cloud among the blue with a subtle happy face

LITTLE CLOUD

By Eric Carle

Introduce preschoolers to the fun of finding pictures in the clouds with Little Cloud by Eric Carle. The power in this book is in the pictures more than the text, with Carle’s well-known collage-style stretching our imaginations. Young children will be sure to take a second look at the sky after reading this story.

Who Likes Rain Book Cover - a happy child under an umbrella in the rain

WHO LIKES RAIN?

By Wong Herbert Yee

We need to get through plenty of April showers to bring May flowers! In Who Likes Rain? the main character braves a rainy day outdoors in order to explore just who does and doesn’t like the rain.  This delightful rhyming book will inspire some puddle jumping in young audiences for sure!

Worm Weather Book Cover - children playing in the rain

WORM WEATHER

By Jean Taft, illustrated by Matt Hunt

Last year, when Bug was 2, I took him on a walk outside after the rain. I showed him a worm wriggling in the mud, thinking he’d be fascinated. His reaction? He stomped on it because he was scared and had no idea what it was! I should have prepared him by reading Jean Taft’s Worm Weather beforehand. A simple story, perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, it follows worms and children along as they delight in a rainy spring day.

HOW THE CRAYONS SAVED THE RAINBOW

By Monica Sweeny, illustrated by Feronia Parker-Thomas

You can’t talk about spring weather without sharing stories about everyone’s favorite…rainbows! How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow is not going to help with scientific explanations, but it’s a fun little story with a meaningful lesson about forgiveness and being better together.

5 SPRING BOOKS FOR KIDS ABOUT SPRINGTIME ANIMAL FRIENDS

Spring is Here: A Bear and Mole Story book cover - a bear sleeping in bed while a mole plays the trumpet in his ear

SPRING IS HERE: A BEAR AND MOLE STORY

By Will Hillenbrand

This story about Mole trying to wake up hibernating Bear reminds me of my mother trying to get me out of bed in high school! Spring is Here will be an entertaining story to read aloud to preschoolers, with plenty of repetition and sensory words to engage them. 

The Honeybee book cover - golden leaves and pink blossoms with a bee flying above

THE HONEYBEE

By Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

The Honeybee draws children in with questions and rhymes, making the story both entertaining and educational. Learning to see the world from a bee’s perspective makes them a little less scary and a lot more awe-inspiring. Side note: I want to frame some of Isabelle Arsenault’s cheerful illustrations to hang in my house!

Spring! Time to Build a Nest bookcover - swans flying around a marsh

SPRING! TIME TO BUILD A NEST, A STORY ABOUT TRUMPETER SWANS

By Barbara Renner

Spring has arrived and Pen and Cob need to make their nests. SPRING! Time to Build a Nest follows the swan couple as they encounter other pond animals along their journey to making a new home. The story provides insight into the needs of swans and their neighbors and would be a great read alongside a springtime nest-making project.

A Walk Through the Woods book cover - a series of concentric circles, each with animals and plants coming through

A WALK THROUGH THE WOODS

By Louise Greig, illustrated by Helen Musselwhite

A Walk Through the Woods is a gorgeous book about woodland animals waiting for morning, and spring, to come. The intricate paper illustrations make the book stand out, but they are on the delicate side. This book is a perfect gift for little ones who can enjoy pop-up stories without tearing pages.

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms - a simple drawing of a fox in a meadow with butterflies

FLETCHER AND THE SPRINGTIME BLOSSOMS

By Julia Rawlinson, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms is about Fletcher the fox who is enjoying the arrival of spring until he confuses falling blossoms with snow. He tries to warn his woodland friends about the return of winter, but springtime holds surprises for all of them. This new story is a great addition to classroom units on the seasons or as a bedtime story. 

5 SPRING BOOKS FOR KIDS ABOUT SPRINGTIME BLOOMS

Lola Plants a Garden book cover - a little girl watching seedlings grow

LOLA PLANTS A GARDEN

By Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Lola Plants a Garden is a wonderful story for kids and grown-ups alike! Children will enjoy following along with Lola as she makes her garden a special place to share with friends. For adults, it offers plenty of ideas for spring and garden-themed projects for kids. It’s the perfect companion to your own kid-friendly garden space. A perfect read to help children with the most exciting and painful part of gardening, waiting for those flowers and veggies to grow!

Planting a Rainbow book cover - red, orange, and yellow blossoms on green stems and leaves

PLANTING A RAINBOW

By Lois Ehlert

Planting a Rainbow would be a great addition to any spring color or garden unit. Or it just might inspire you to teach both together!  I know that I’d now love to plant a rainbow garden with my boys. The trick is always remembering to plant the fall bulbs! 

Yucky Worms book cover - a boy, cat, and bird look down at the dirt into the worms

YUCKY WORMS

By Vivan French, illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg

A different take on spring gardening, Yucky Worms teaches young children why worms are our friends. Kids learn all about how worms move, where they live, and why they are a gardener’s best friend in this entertaining and informative story.

I Can Grow a Flower book cover - hands with a trowel holding a pot with a sunflower

I CAN GROW A FLOWER

By Life Cycle Board Books 

I Can Grow a Flower is a clever nonfiction book that follows the life cycle of a mystery seed. Readers see each sprout and bud until they can finally identify the flower when it blooms. The lift-a-flap format keeps the surprise factor going in an engaging way. The pull-out height chart at the end is a nice touch, allowing children to measure their own height against a sunflower’s impressive growth. A great gift idea for a garden-loving family.

Bloom Boom! Book Cover - photo of poppies


BLOOM BOOM!

By April Pulley Sayre

Each year, people flock to witness gorgeous spring wildflower blooms. Bloom Boom! explores the phenomenon for preschoolers and early readers through a photographic exploration of wildflowers in a range of landscapes. This is a great introduction to the science behind wildflower blooms. Make sure to take a look before spring hikes!

5 SPRING BOOKS FOR KIDS ABOUT SPRINGTIME FUN!

Kite Flying Book Cover - a girl holding a colorful kite, with a red dragon face

KITE FLYING

By Grace Lin

I love how the premise of Kite Flying is about a family crafting a kite together just as much, if not more, than the kite flying. My one warning is that readers should be prepared for kite-making requests after storytime! The book concludes with two pages that go deeper into the origins and cultural traditions of kite making.

A New Beginning book cover - children flying a kite in the midst of a spring meadow, with bunnies and bird nest

A NEW BEGINNING: CELEBRATING THE SPRING EQUINOX

By Wendy Pfeffer, illustrated by Linda Bleck

A New Beginning offers insight into the meaning of the spring equinox from the perspective of science and cultural celebrations around the world. This is a great pick for kids in elementary school. For early childhood, parents and teachers might just want to explore one or two holidays at a time. For any age, this book offers inspiration for making crafts and foods to deepen children’s appreciation for how diverse cultures celebrate this special season of new beginnings. There are even instructions and recipes at the end to help!

We're Going on a Nature Hunt book cover - three children walking, one with walking sticks, encircled by leaves, blossoms, frogs, bees, birds

WE’RE GOING ON A NATURE HUNT

By Steve Metzger

Structured like the ever-popular We’re Going on a Bear HuntWe’re Going on a Nature Hunt follows a group of friends as they explore worms, frogs, and bird nests together on a nature walk. This story would be a fun read-aloud before a walk on a trail, or even through your neighborhood. I’m a huge fan of nature scavenger hunts (here’s a roundup of our favorites), so this one is right up our alley! Together you can make a list of things that you might see and explore on your adventure.

I Took a Walk Book Cover - marsh with reeds, leaves, animals and insects

I TOOK A WALK

By Henry Cole

Henry Cole’s I Took a Walk celebrates walking slowly and finding a sit spot where you can absorb your surroundings. Like your eyes adjusting to the darkness, sitting quietly in one spot allows your attention to open up to all of the hidden flora and fauna that you might otherwise ignore with your attention focused on the trail ahead. This takes practice, which is where the book comes in. It reads like an I-Spy puzzle, asking the reader to find hidden plants and animals on each page. 

Mud book cover - bare feet splashing in mud

MUD

By Mary Lyn Rae, illustrated by Lauren Stringer

Mud is an ode to every preschooler’s springtime favorite. The story begins as a child wakes up to notice the scent of transformed earth. This event begins a gradual transformation as the land softens and returns to green. With plenty of opportunities to squish, splat, and ooze along the way.  

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