Updated: Jan 7
As I begin writing this post, we are just finishing up the winter season. My family and I recently moved up from Florida to Maryland, and I'm looking forward to experiencing Maryland in the spring. Spring is a beautiful season. It's clear that spring here is going to be different than what we have experienced years before.
Fast forward to the beginning of spring. We decided to go see the famous Washington D.C. Cherry Blossoms. It was my first time visiting D.C. with my kids. We had so much fun experiencing D.C. during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Springtime brings many opportunities for learning. For one, the weather is great for exploring the outdoors, going on field trips, learning about gardening, and so much more!
In this post, I list springtime-inspired books to help celebrate this season filled with so much life and beauty. Books that will help introduce the concept of the changing seasons for younger learners, inspire children to be more observant of the outdoor changes, and maybe even motivate someone to begin their own garden.
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Here are some wonderful books to read with your children during the spring season:
by Joanna Gaines
#1 New York Times bestseller We Are the Gardeners is a beautifully illustrated story of the Gaines family's adventure in starting their own garden. A story about overcoming obstacles as they learn to grow a successful garden together.
by Kate Messner
#1 Bestseller in Children's Gardening books
Explore with your child what happens above the ground and below the soil in your garden throughout the year. This beautifully written and illustrated book uses lyrical and simple text that captivates the audience in such a way that will make this one of your favorite gardening books for kids.
by Kirsten Hall
Buzzing with vibrant verse by Kirsten Hall, and buzz-worthy illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, The Honeybee celebrates the critically important honeybee. It covers the lifecycle of the honeybee, its habits, and more!
by Julie Fogliano
After a snowy winter, a boy and his dog decide to plant a garden. They dig, plant, and wait. And Then It's Spring is loved by children, parents, and teachers. A fantastic book that will guide children in looking for the signs of spring.
by Brandon Walden
Words have the power to hurt or to heal.
Seeds and Trees is a heart-warming story that explored the effects words have on feelings and emotions. The story follows a young prince who gathers seeds from those he encounters and then gifts them forward. Seeds could either be green or black. The prince plants and waters the seeds, until he realizes that the growing dark trees damage the growing green trees. How can he create a beautiful garden?
by Alison Ferrell
Three young explorers set off on an adventure. During their hike, they observe and explore the wonders of the natural world that surrounds them. The Hike is a beautifully written and illustrated book that will captivate and inspire young audiences to marvel at nature.
by Narisa Togo
A beautiful book that encourages readers to slow down and enjoy the moment, and teaches them that change can be beautiful.
"This beautiful picture book helps us to understand how significant the Cherry Blossom Festival is...Turn the pages of this book slowly and understand how lovely the trees are and what they mean to the Japanese culture." 5 Stars, Good Reading Magazine
by Barbara Cooney
Alice Rumphious longed to travel the world, live by the sea, and do something that will make the world more beautiful. Get to know the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went.
by Alice Hemming
From the creator of The Leaf Thief, here is Don't Touch That Flower. Spring is here, and when Squirrel becomes overly protective of his flower, his trusty friend, Bird, shows him the right way to let flowers bloom and grow.
by Julia Rawlinson
As Fletcher enjoys the warmth of spring, he stumbles upon snow-like flakes. What is this? Could winter be making a return? Fletcher and his friends will discover one of spring's beautiful surprises.
by Kenard Pak
Take a stroll with a boy and his dog and take note of all the changes that come when winter is gone and spring arrives. Days are longer, animals start to leave their dens, and so many more fascinating facts about the changing of seasons.
by Will Hillenbrand
Celebrate the beginning of spring with Bear and Mole. Spring has arrived and Bear is still asleep, but his friend Mole is determined to wake him up. When playing the trumpet doesn't work, he gathers ingredients and bakes Bear a special surprise. Who wouldn't want to be woken up by delicious baked goods?
Spring Is Here is a cozy read-aloud for young readers that can spark conversations about the changing seasons and seasonal animal behavior (such as hibernation).
by Camelia Kay
A playful celebration of the arrival of spring! Hop along with Mama Bunny and Baby Bunny as they welcome a parade of blooming flowers, blossoming trees, new birds, butterflies, and bees, as they emerge from the winter season.
by Leah Vis
The arrival of spring brings you the opportunity to observe the world wake up from winter sleep. As you read this sweet and simple book, your child will learn about the amazing things that happen when springtime finally arrives.
by Kate McMullan
An ode to the joys of spring!
Celebrate the end of winter with this colorful and joyful children's book. Happy Springtime is filled with lyrical texts and beautiful watercolor illustrations by Sujean Rim.
by Kevin Henkes
"A must-have, joyful seasonal title for the youngest listeners" - Review from School Library Journal
When Spring Comes uses stunning imagery, repetition, and alliteration to introduce the basic concept of the changing of the season. Parents and teachers of little ones rave about When Spring Comes, claiming it as a must-have for your classroom or home library.