As I write this post, my younger son is getting pretty frustrated with the weather. Every day he asks, “Mom! When will it be warm and pretty again?” I decided we needed to do some reading about the changing of the seasons, and we started with picture books about spring.
These books show the beauty of the season, and they do a great job of teaching the new life and renewal that spring welcomes. They’re great for homeschool or early elementary classes as you welcome warm weather, green leaves, and baby animals!
9 Picture Books About Spring
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle — Flowers are one of my favorite parts of spring, and this story tells the story of the life cycle of a flower, from the point of view of a tiny seed. This beautiful story is a classic that my kids still love to read.
In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb by Marion Dane Bauer — This rhyming story brings to life the famous saying about the month of March. A little boy watches as a lion crashes through the door, bringing snow and mud along with him. However, he’s soon followed by the lamb, who brings sunshine and flowers. Young kids will love this gorgeously illustrated book.
Spring Is Here! by Heidi Pross Gray — This simple story highlights all the wonderful things about spring, from the changes in nature to the outdoor activities it allows. The soft illustrations and easy-to-understand prose make it a great choice to read with your littlest listeners, though older kids will also enjoy it!
It’s Spring! by Linda Glaser — A little boy observes the changes spring brings in this lovely book. The illustrations are beautifully detailed, giving children much to explore as you read together. There are also some great ideas for nature activities in the back of the book.
Everything Spring by Jill Esbaum — This book features two things I love: fun facts and lots of baby animals! The entertaining text and gorgeous photographs make this book a must-read for home or the classroom. It’s part of the excellent Picture the Seasons collection from National Geographic.
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes — I’m a huge fan of Henkes’ work, so I was very excited to find this relatively new book about spring at our public library. The story emphasizes waiting…”if you wait,” you can see the beauty of spring appear all around you! Another excellent choice for little readers and listeners.
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano — Speaking of waiting, this fun book features a little boy and his dog who cannot wait any longer for spring. They head outside determined to plant a garden. After much waiting, eventually signs of spring begin to show.
Finding Spring by Carin Berger — Little Maurice can’t wait for spring, and he’s disappointed when Mama Bear says that me must first hibernate for winter. After she falls asleep for the winter, he sneaks out to find spring on his own! A fun story that compares and contrasts the two seasons.
999 Frogs Wake Up by Ken Kimura — This adorably funny book is the perfect spring read-aloud. 999 baby frogs awaken for the spring, but they get a little nervous when they see that they’re the only ones awake. They begin waking their friends, but soon they find someone they don’t want to wake up — the snake! The help of a friend gets them to safety.
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