10 Best Books About Spring Update 05/2022

Books About Spring

Officially, the season of spring has begun. Enjoy the fresh air, spring flowers, and sunshine while you’re outside this time of the year. As a child, it is even more exciting to see the great outdoors come to life during this season of new beginnings. Reading children’s books about spring can help make the new season more real.

Consider taking some time to read outside to get some sun and get in touch with the world. All winter, kids have been inside, so they’ll love running around on sunny spring days. As well as reading, my own kids enjoy catching ladybugs, jumping in muddy puddles, and collecting wildflowers when the calendar finally flips to the spring months.

But there will be days when the rains of April help to make way for the blooming of May flowers. There are some great books about spring for kids to read inside when it’s cold outside. They can learn about all the new things and life that are happening right outside. From rainy days to gardening, and rainbows to hatchlings, this list has a lot of interesting things for kids to learn about in the spring.

We are the Gardeners, by Joanna Gaines and Julianna Swaney

We are the Gardeners, by Joanna Gaines and Julianna Swaney

It’s time to plant seeds when the last thaw is over. Then, add Joanna Gaines’ first picture book to your next storytime! Gaines tells a fun story with beautiful watercolor art that shows how she and her family have been able to grow a successful garden in their back yard. She has a style that is just as appealing in a book as it is on TV, and it’s the perfect way to start the new season!

When Spring Comes, by Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek

This happy follow-up to Winter Is Here and In the Middle of Fall is a great way to remember these few months of renewal and rebirth: Spring! Before this happy time comes, we have to walk through brown sticks, cloudy skies, and crunchy grass or snow under our feet. However, if we are patient, these same limbs will start to grow and flower, the sky will start to fill up with new life, and we will be able to dig our toes into soft grass and puddles! At your next storytime, bring on the Spring with this sturdy board book. It’s great for readers of all ages, too.

Bloom, by Doreen Cronin and David Small

Immediately, the story introduces us to a Mud Fairy named Bloom who has the power to turn weeds into flowers and sand into glass. There are delicate people in her glass kingdom who don’t like dirty things. She’s very strong and lean, but she leaves a trail of dirt in her wake. Bloom isn’t appreciated or happy, so she goes into seclusion. It will take a special person to get her to help save the kingdom. All ages should read this story because it’s so cleverly subversive that it’s worth their time.

Too Many Carrots, by Katy Hudson

Too Many Carrots, by Katy Hudson

Rabbit, like all bunnies, is in love with a good carrot like all other bunnies are. Everyone knows that it’s possible to eat too many good things. Soon enough, Rabbit finds himself in the cross-hares, as it were, with a lot of carrots on his hands. However, there are many forest friends who are willing to help and give him space for his extra vegetables. A story about friendship and sharing by Hudson is a great way to start the new season.

Ten Magic Butterflies, by Danica McKellar and Jennifer Bricking

Children will love this magical, interactive story written by McKellar. McKellar has cleverly used a fairy tale setting to teach kids about simple math concepts, so don’t be jealous, parents! Every time a flower turns into a butterfly, little readers are encouraged to group them into tens, which is a very important part of math. The result is a story that is both fun and educational. Can you think of a better combination for your next storytime?

Neither, by Airlie Anderson

In the land of This and That, blue bunnies and yellow birds are the only things there are. Isn’t it weird when one day a green egg comes out? It turns out to be neither a bunny nor a bird. In the end, Neither gets through the Land of All without any problems. He is thrilled to see animals of all shapes and sizes around him. It’s perfect! Putting diversity and empathy at the forefront of this fable is a good thing, and you’ll want to put it on your springtime reading list.

The Curious Garden, by Peter Brown

The Curious Garden, by Peter Brown

In the city, you can have a garden too! During a walk through his city neighborhood, a young boy named Liam comes across a small patch of green. Many people would not notice it because it is so small. They would see concrete and old railroad tracks instead. That isn’t the case with Peter, though. He sees the little plants trying to grow and decides to help them along. Because he doesn’t know anything about gardening at first, the plants start to grow and spread. It takes a long time, but what starts out as a few plants that are struggling turns into an urban renewal project that brings not only beauty but also a sense of community to the area.

We Planted a Tree, by Diane Muldrow and Bob Staake

Seasons come and go in We Planted a Tree, which is a celebration of the outdoors both in our own backyard and all over the world. To get a sense of how trees grow across the world and how we are all connected by them, this book looks at a tree’s growth in Brooklyn, Tokyo, and the African savanna. A simple thing like a tree can connect us all.

All the World, by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee

This softly lyrical book is about a family’s day, from breakfast to bedtime. The main point of the text, though, is to point out the simple pleasures the world has to offer. It’s a book that you want to sit down and enjoy all the little (and sometimes surprising) things in the beautiful illustrations. The text itself is a lot of fun to listen to.

Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya, by Donna Jo Napoli and Kadir Nelson

Wangari Maathai is a Kenyan environmentalist and winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. This is the true story of how she came to be. She was called Mama Miti. She thought that trees could solve many of Kenya’s problems. Using this simple task, Mama Miti started a movement to fight deforestation, change the landscape, and get attention from all over the world.

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