Spring-inspired Books for Kids

Updated: Jun 16

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.

Cherry Blossoms at Tidal Basin

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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. For example, In our new home, we have been seeing Eastern Cottontails in our backyard almost every day. Definitely a change from seeing squirrels all the time in our previous homes. Needless to say that I am excited to experience all four seasons here in Maryland.

Fast forward to the beginning of spring. We decided to go see the famous Washington D.C. Cherry Blossoms. It was the first time visiting D.C. for my kids and me. 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!

Here are some wonderful books to read with your children during the spring season:

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  1. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

  2. We are the Gardeners

  3. The Honeybee

  4. When Spring Comes

  5. Happy Springtime!

  6. Springtime is...

  7. The Hike

  8. Seeds and Trees

  9. Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms

  10. and then it's spring...

We are the Gardeners

by Joanna Gaines

Reading age: 3 - 7 years

#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.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

by Kate Messner

Reading age: 2 - 5 years

#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.

The Honeybee

by Kirsten Hall

Reading age: 4 - 8 years

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!

And Then It's Spring

by Julie Fogliano

Reading Age: 2 - 4 years

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.

Seeds and Trees

by Brandon Walden

Reading age: 4 - 8 years

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?

The Hike

by Alison Ferrell

Reading age: 2 -5 years

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.

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms

by Julia Rawlinson

Reading age: 2 - 7 years

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.

Springtime Is...

by Leah Vis

Reading age: baby - 9 years

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.

Happy Springtime

by Kate McMullan

Reading age: 4 - 8 years

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.

When Spring Comes

by Kevin Henkes

Reading age: 2 - 4 years

"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.

Happy Reading!

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