Spring is a time of new beginnings, and what better way to celebrate the season than with some fresh and inspiring children’s books? In this post, I have compiled a list of 11 of the best spring books for little kids, perfect for snuggling up and reading together as the flowers start to bloom and the weather warms up.
From books about baby animals to tales of springtime adventures, our list has something for every little reader. These books are not only fun and engaging, but they also teach important lessons about the wonders of nature and the joys of springtime.
How do plants grow?
What lives in the soil beneath our feet?
Where do vegetables come from?
What kind of animals live in our gardens?
Kids will find their answers on the pages of these beautifully illustrated books. So without further ado, let’s dive into our list of 11 spring books for little kids and discover some new favorites to add to your family’s or classroom’s reading list.
11 Spring Books for Little Kids
And Then It’s Spring
by Julie Fogliano and Erin E. Stead
Celebrate the coming spring with Fogliano’s tender story of anticipation and friendship. A boy and its dog have made a great effort to plant their garden: they now need to learn to be patient while nature awakens.
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal
What is underneath our feet? Do you know about the life that grows in the soil?
“Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt” teaches us about the hidden world beneath our feet and about all the many lives that inhabit our garden throughout the year.
The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter
by Beatrix Potter
One of my absolute favourite storybook as a child, Beatrix Potter’s tales are a classic of children narrative.
The lovely characters, the sweet watercolor illustrations, the straightforward prose. There is nothing not to love about this book.
How a Seed Grows
by Helene J. Jordan and Loretta Krupinski
How does a seed grow? Jordan’s book answers just that, and it does so with accuracy and simplicity.
From filling eggshells with soil, to placing seeds, to watering: this book conveys all the necessary knowledge toddlers need to start their own little gardening projects.
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau
by Michelle Markel and Amanda Hall
Rousseau story is one of the most unique and fascinating tales in art history: a forty-something years old man, a modest toll collector from Paris with a passion for drawing his dreams of tigers and exotic jungles. His story of hard work and perseverance vividly comes to life through the incredible illustrations of Amanda Hall.
A Seed Is Sleepy
by Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long
“A seed is sleepy” is something in between a children’s book and a botanical catalogue. Award-winning artist Sylvia Long is at her best in this publication. Elegant illustrations, interesting facts, poetic style: A seed is sleepy has it all.
The Night Gardener
by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
One day, William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. In the following days, more topiaries appear, and each one is more beautiful than the last. Soon, William’s gray little town is full of color and life. And though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William—and his town—are changed forever.
If You Hold a Seed
by Elly MacKay
What does it take for a seed to grow?
Sun and rain and waiting. And then some more waiting. “If you hold a seed” is the becoming story of a boy and a tree as they pass through the seasons and grow old together.
Inch by Inch
by Leo Lionni
Can a song be measured?
Reminiscent of traditional fables, inch by inch is the story of a curious inchworm with a passion for measuring the world. But can he measure the hungry nightingale’s song and avoid being eaten for breakfast?
A children’s classic, Leo Lionni’s stories never get old.
We Are the Gardeners
by Joanna Gaines and Julianna Swaney
This New York Times Bestseller chronicles the adventures of Joanna’s family as they start their own garden. From their failed endeavors, obstacles to overcome (bunnies that eat everything!), and all the knowledge they’ve gained along the way, the Gaines family shares how they learned to grow a happy, successful garden. As it turns out, starting something new isn’t always easy!
The Vegetables We Eat
by Gail Gibbons
Where do our vegetables come from?
Gail Gibbon’s book teaches us how the vegetable we eat are grown, how they get to us, and how many kinds there are. Very informative and entertaining, could be particularly useful for picky eaters kids.