18 Vibrant Children’s Books About Spring

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April 2021

Spring has sprung, and there’s no better time to encourage the love of early reading than with children’s books celebrating the season.  As the weather begins to warm and the sunshine invites more outdoor activities, don’t forget to discover books that offer opportunities to entertain and educate little readers about the changing season.

Keep reading to learn more about some of the best children’s books about spring, and if you’re looking for more seasonal reads for little ones, check our favorite books about summer, too. 

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Board Books About Spring

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A Little Book About Spring
Leo Lionni
Book Type: Board

Spring is a time for budding plants and sweet animals. Discover these and more in this board book by legendary children’s book author-illustrator, Leo Lionni.

We love the textures and text in this sweet board book. Full of cheerful colors and Leo Lionni’s signature mice, this story is the perfect read for toddlers. 

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The Little Gardener
Jan Gerardi
Book Type: Board

Learn all about what it takes to become a little gardener. It’s more than just seeds and water. Lift the flaps in this bright board book and find out all you need to know in order to create and care for your very own garden!

The perfect introduction to gardening for all your favorite littles, this book is full of fun illustrations. Highlighting everything you need to start your own garden, The Little Gardener will teach kids all about caring for the earth and growing their own food and spring flowers.

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Planting a Rainbow
Lois Ehlert 
Book Type: Board

Learn the colors of the rainbow and how to plant a garden in this sweet board book. This vibrant story focuses on a mother and daughter’s yearly tradition of planting a garden. 

A great read for teaching little ones about different kinds of flowers, this book is full of beautiful paper-cut style illustrations and lively text that make it a story to remember. Embrace spring flowers and teach your child about the colors of the rainbow in this touching tale. 

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Little Seeds
Charles Ghigna
Book Type: Board

In this poem, children discover that planting seeds is an exciting adventure that is good for the Earth, too! Read along and learn all about what it takes to start a garden.

We love Little Seeds for its heartfelt message about caring for the environment. This little board book is a poem that emphasizes the importance of respecting nature. Sweet illustrations encourage littles to learn all about planting and tending a garden in spring. 

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Jorey Hurley
Book Type: Picture

A quiet spring day holds an unpredictable adventure when a mother rabbit leads her three bunnies out to explore. Their world seems playful at first, but it can suddenly turn dangerous. The natural world holds discoveries for them at every turn.

Hop is the perfect springtime read for your child. All about the adventures of a mother rabbit and her bunnies, this book is full of simple prose and spring imagery made just for the littlest of readers.

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When Spring Comes
Kevin Henkes
Book Type: Board

A delightful book that uses imagery, repetition, and alliteration to introduce the basic concepts of the changing seasons, this story is full of the sights, smells, and sounds of spring! Before spring arrives, the world is cold, dark, and bare, but read to the end and discover the joys of the new season. 

This is a book full of gorgeous paintings and sweet text that will introduce your little ones to the beauty and wonder of a new season. A classic read, this story will make a great addition to any family library.

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Picture Books About Spring

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Everything Spring 
Jill Esbaum 
Book Type: Picture

Surround yourself with all things spring with this lovely National Geographic photo book. Full of stunning photographs and spring imagery, Everything Spring is a great choice for little ones. 

We love this book for its fun poetic language and vibrant images. Photos of nature and baby animals will keep your kids engaged and informed about spring happenings. Real life depictions of the season’s change will help them learn all about spring!

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And Then It’s Spring 
Julie Fogliano
Book Type: Picture

A young boy and his dog wait patiently for spring after a long winter. After the snow melts, all they see is brown, but the boy decides to plant a garden in anticipation of the Spring season. After lots of hard work and patience, their garden sprouts and the world comes to life! 

This book is full of charming muted illustrations and sweet poetic text. Imparting a joyful message of patience and finding beauty in the unexpected, this book is perfect for little readers.

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Abracadabra, It’s Spring! 
Anne Sibley O’Brien
Book Type: Picture

Discover the magic of the changing seasons in this wondrous book about spring! Learn about what happens when the snow melts and the plants begin to grow. Finally, it’s warm enough to pack those winter clothes away and go out and play! 

This book is full of vivid illustrations depicting the beauty of nature. Fun flaps that little hands can lift will help young readers discover leaves, birds, flowers, and more.

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Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms
Julia Rawlinson
Book Type: Picture

Fletcher enjoys the sunny weather and the warmth of spring. But when he stumbles across snowy flakes gently floating to the ground, he spreads the news of winter’s return to all his friends. But spring is full of wonderful surprises for Fletcher and his friends.

This book is a wonderful read for young learners. Your child will love reading about Fletcher and his animal friends as they look out for one another and learn the difference between signs of winter and blossoming spring flowers.

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A Walk Through The Woods
Louise Greig
Book Type: Picture

This stunning book with hand-cut paper art and lyrical text takes the reader on a journey deep into the forest. Beautiful images and lovely text introduce young readers to all the forest creatures and they await the Spring season.

We love this book for its serene introduction to spring. It teaches readers all about the gentle and quiet moments that accompany the change of seasons and will captivate little ones with gorgeous art. 

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The Curious Garden
Peter Brown 
Book Type: Picture

Follow Liam on his quest to make the world a greener place. This intricately illustrated story is all about a boy who finds a beautiful green garden in the midst of a dark gloomy city. With the turn of each page, Liam’s city begins to bloom!

The Curious Garden has a wonderful message about caring for the environment, no matter where you are. Liam’s curiosity will match your child’s and his goodwill provides a wonderful example for how kids should treat their surroundings. The gorgeous illustrations make for an enchanting reading experience, and kids can make an activity out of searching for the little red-haired protagonist who is hiding among the springtime foliage on each page.

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Books About Spring for Preschoolers

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Animals In Spring
Jenny Fretland VanVoorst
Book Type: Picture

Follow along as these animals are born and welcomed into their little families in spring. Learn about all kinds of animals in the season of growth, including bunnies, frogs, goats, chicks, and more! 

Entertain your littles with sweet pictures of baby animals that are born in the spring. This book is great to introduce your preschooler to the season of spring through animals. Featuring a picture glossary and index and plenty of fun facts and photos, your little reader will love Animals in Spring.

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Weather in Spring
Martha Elizabeth Hillman Rustad
Book Type: Picture

In spring, snow melts and the sun shines bright. Rain showers and storms arrive. See how the weather in spring changes in this informative book! 

Weather in Spring is great for teaching children about how the weather works. Full of helpful vocabulary and real photos, this book is a wonderful choice for preschoolers who are learning all about seasons.

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The Thing About Spring
Daniel Kirk
Book Type: Picture

All the forest animals are excited about spring except for Rabbit. Learn how and why the transition from winter to spring is so important.

We love this book for its humorous outlook on the transition from spring to winter. The story makes learning about the importance of seasons entertaining with lively characters like Rabbit, Bear, Bird, and Mouse. The Thing About Spring will make a great storytime pick for preschoolers.

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Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring
Kenard Pak
Book Type: Picture

Join a boy and his dog as they explore nature and take a stroll through the countryside, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with everything from the melting brook to chirping birds, they say goodbye to winter and welcome the lushness of spring.

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring is a wonderful read for preschoolers. The conversational writing style and unique illustrations chronicle the experiences of a young boy and his dog as they explore nature and greet all the organic signs of the coming spring season.

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Flower Garden 
Eve Bunting 
Book Type: Picture

A young girl and her father take a trip through the city to purchase everything they need to plant beautiful flowers at home. They travel home on the bus and surprise the girl’s mother with a gorgeous array of flowers. 

This book is all about embracing the beauty of nature in unexpected spaces. Though this girl and her father live in the city, they are still able to brighten her mother’s day with a lovely flower garden, even amidst the grey of their surroundings. This wondrously illustrated storybook is great for reading aloud and will fill your preschooler’s heart with the joy of springtime flowers.

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Busy Spring: Nature Wakes Up
Sean Taylor, Alex Morss
Book Type: Picture

In this uplifting picture book about spring, follow two children and their father through their backyard as they discover all the different ways nature wakes up from its long winter sleep. Spot the busy creatures and plants as the tale unfolds, then learn about how each responds to the increasing daylight and warmth that usher in the season.

This book is perfect for teaching your preschooler all about springtime. Full of colorful, detailed illustrations and fun, informative text, Busy Spring is a wonderful read. Best of all, the book contains plenty of nonfiction information about springtime and nature that is great for helping kids understand seasons and growth.

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