Best Children's Books About Spring

Our Favorite 24 Books to Read With Your Kids About Spring

Updated Feb. 26, 2019

Isn't it refreshing after a winter of white to see the little buds of new leaves on a tree? Spring is a magical time of year. It seems to bring life to all of us as we find a new surge of energy for the next part of our journey! We hope you will find that same joy as you read these books about Spring!

Spring book
#1
Spring
Written and illustrated by David A. Carter
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Just in time for spring, this is the second book in the Carter pop-up book series about the seasons. Each spread has a very brief verse and depicts common springtime flora and fauna. All things pictured are labeled (robins, water lilies, deer and fawns, cherry trees, etc.). The text is simple for very young readers to understand and enjoy.

Color Wonder Hooray for Spring! book
#2
Color Wonder Hooray for Spring!
Written by Chiêu Anh Urban
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This is a great color book, especially for spring time. I especially love how interactive it is with the spinning wheels that change the colors of the flowers throughout the book!

Celebrate the bright colors of spring with this hands-on color-play novelty board book! Wake up ladybug, look what’s here? Spring brings red, march and cheer. Join award-winning artist Chiêu Anh Urban in this inventively visual experience that allows readers to mix and match the colors of vibrant flowers right before their eyes. Turn the wheels to create and change the bold colors of spring in this deceptively simple and thoughtfully layered novelty book that teaches the joy and wonder of color.

Room for Bear book
#3
Room for Bear
Written and illustrated by Ciara Gavin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A huggable picture-book debut about a bear who doesn’t quite fit—perfect for fans of Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On and Philip C. Snead & Erin Stead’s Bear Has a Story to Tell. When Bear wakes up one spring, he goes in search of a new home. And he thinks he’s found the perfect place. Unfortunately, things are a bit . . . snug. Can five little ducks find room for one big bear in their home—and in their hearts? Ciara Gavin’s luminous picture-book debut explores the unconditional love of families in all their colors, shapes, and sizes.

Plant the Tiny Seed book
#4
Plant the Tiny Seed
Written and illustrated by Christie Matheson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

There is magic in every tiny seed. The seeds that come in little paper packets and those that fall from flowers and plants. In every garden and every flowerpot, magic can grow. With a little sunlight, a little water, and a little help from birds and worms and bees, a tiny seed sprouts, a plant grows, and a beautiful f lower blooms. There is magic in every tiny seed. And in this book, you become the magician. How? Press the seed into the ground, wiggle your fingers to add water, clap to bring the sun. And then . . .turn the page. What can grow from one tiny seed? Press, tap, wiggle, and jiggle to start the magic! Press the seed—don’t be shy! Wiggle your fingers to add some water. Clap your hands to bring the sun. Wow! A beautiful flower!

Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear book
#5
Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear
Written and illustrated by Monica Carnesi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book about best friends bunny and bear is a perfect example of a great friendship! There's some humor involved, as well as beautiful illustrations that really add to the story. I love that bunny doesn't despair when she realized she'll have to spend the winter without bear, but she instead focuses on spending her time alone creating something fun for them to enjoy together once bear wakes up. :)

Beatrice & Bear meet one spring day and become best buddies. They play together through summer and fall. Then winter comes and Beatrice can't find Bear anywhere. She hears he's gone to hibernate -- but where on earth is that? When Beatrice learns that hibernation is not a place and that Bear will be sleeping all winter long, she fears it will be a lonely season...unless she can come up with a brilliant plan. This delightful story of an irrepressible bunny will engage readers on many levels as it celebrates creativity, making the best of circumstances, and the joy of the changing seasons.

Bloom book
#6
Bloom
Written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Mary Lundquist
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

This book isn't really about the flowers, but instead a mother spending time with her daughter and watching her bloom.

A mother and child plant flower bulbs in the fall, wait through the winter, and see them bloom in the spring.

Tap the Magic Tree book
#7
Tap the Magic Tree
Written and illustrated by Christie Matheson
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The acclaimed interactive picture book about the changing seasons. “Like Hervé Tullet’s Press Here, Matheson’s Tap the Magic Tree proves you don’t need apps for interactivity,” praised the New York Times. Every book needs you to turn the pages. But not every book needs you to tap it, shake it, jiggle it, or even blow it a kiss

Sometimes Rain book
#8
Sometimes Rain
Written by Meg Fleming and illustrated by Diana Sudyka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Celebrate the four seasons of the year and all of the fun that comes with them with this lyrical, rhyming picture book from the author of I Heart You. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it snows, sometimes the sun shines, and sometimes the trees change color. But no matter what the seasons bring, there is lots of fun to be had! This lyrical exploration of the four seasons and all of the wonder that they bring is illustrated with vibrant watercolors.

Snowmen All Year book
#9
Snowmen All Year
Written by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

By popular demand, a board book edition of the third title in this bestselling series The Buehners’ New York Times bestselling snowmen are here to stay! Children wonder what would happen if their favorite frosty friends didn’t melt with springtime. What would it be like to take a snowman to the beach? What costume would a snowman wear if you took him trick-or-treating? In this dazzling, silly book, the weather brings a year’s worth of surprise and laughter.

The Hugely-Wugely Spider book
#10
The Hugely-Wugely Spider
Written by Ethan T. Berlin and illustrated by Karl Newsom Edwards
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

This funny and clever picture book, great for spring displays, is a twist on the classic Itsy-Bitsy Spider nursery rhyme.

When Spring Comes book
#11
When Spring Comes
Written by Kevin Henkes and illustrated by Laura Dronzek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from The Goodfather

This is a cute, whimsical story about spring. The text is simple and matches the simple thrills of spring: the weather turning warmer, colorful flowers appearing, new green buds on trees and in gardens. These simple joys are often set against colorful illustrations, a combination that helps highlight the joy we feel as we see new life appear as winter turns to spring.

The award-winning, bestselling husband-and-wife team of Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek collaborate for the first time since their acclaimed picture book Birds. Before spring comes, the trees are dark sticks, the grass is brown, and the ground is covered in snow. But if you wait, leaves unfurl and flowers blossom, the grass turns green, and the mounds of snow shrink and shrink. Spring brings baby birds, sprouting seeds, rain and mud, and puddles. You can feel it and smell it and hear it—and you can read it! Kevin Henkes uses striking imagery, repetition, and alliteration to introduce basic concepts of language and the changing of the seasons. And Laura Dronzek’s gorgeous, lush paintings show the transformation from quiet, cold winter to the joyful newborn spring. Watch the world transform when spring comes!

A Year with the Wind book
#12
A Year with the Wind
Written and illustrated by Hanna Konola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Charming illustrations and fun, engaging rhymes will enchant toddlers as they learn about the wind; holding kites high in the spring, pushing sailboats in the summer, tossing leaves around in the fall, and making snowflakes dance in the winter. Hanna Konola's illustrations are popular the world over.

Tree book
#13
Tree
Written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Through a hole in the book’s cover, an owl invites you inside to meet a majestic tree and all its forest inhabitants during the changing seasons. With clever peekaboo holes throughout, each page reveals a new set of animals playing and living in the tree—baby bears frolicking in the spring, bees buzzing around apples in the summer, squirrels storing nuts in the fall, and finally the lone owl keeping warm during the winter chill—until another year begins… . Children will love seeing a new set of animals appear and then disappear as each page is turned, and along the way they’ll learn about the seasons and how a forest and its inhabitants change throughout the year.

Four Seasons in One Day book
#14
Four Seasons in One Day
Written and illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Follow a little girl called Isabelle and her dog, Pickle, as they travel through the four seasons in one day. Accompanied by pieces from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, this first title in a series of sound books that bring classical music to life for young children.

Springtime Baby book
#15
Springtime Baby
Written by Elise Broach and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Springtime baby Drizzly day Rainboot baby Let's go play! Little ones will love to join baby on a fun-filled spring day. The adventure begins with some mudpie-making and puddle-stomping, followed by sunshine, a rainbow and gorgeous, sweet smelling blossoms. All the favorite springtime creatures, from ducklings to butterflies, share a splendid day with our springtime baby! This interactive novelty board book features large lift-the-flaps on each spread, hiding charming surprises underneath. With acclaimed author Elise Broach's delightful rhyming text and playful illustrations by Cori Doerrfeld, this is the perfect read-aloud to share on a perfect spring afternoon.

When the Wind Blows book
#16
When the Wind Blows
Written by Linda Booth Sweeney and illustrated by Jana Christy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers

When the Wind Blows is a cute rhyming book about all the different sounds and scenes that come along with the wind. The author uses strong verbs to paint beautiful imagery: kites fly, ties flip, trees dance. The two-word sentences carry through nearly every page of the book, so it goes by fast, just like the windy day it tells of.

Spring weather can be exciting! When wind chimes start singing and clouds race across the sky, one little guy knows just what to do—grab his kite! But as the kite soars, the wind picks up even more, and soon he and his grandma are chasing the runaway kite into town. As they pass swirling leaves, bobbing boats, and flapping scarves, breezes become gusts and the sky darkens. Rain is on the way! Can they squeeze in one more adventure before the downpour? Scenes rich with springtime details for little eyes to follow and lyrical verse that captures the changeable mood of the weather make this perfect for spring story times.

My Spring Robin book
#17
My Spring Robin
Written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Harlow Rockwell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Celebrate the splendors of springtime in this delightful, updated classic from the author of Apples and Pumpkins. When spring arrives, a young girl looks everywhere for the robin who sang for her last year. She sees all the sights and sounds of the new season: a blooming crocus, a buzzing bee, a colorful magnolia tree, a brief rain shower…but where is the robin? This updated edition of a springtime favorite includes new jacket art from Lizzy Rockwell and refreshed interior art and design.

Springtime Crime book
#18
Springtime Crime
Written by Carolyn Keene and illustrated by Peter Francis
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Spring has sprung in River Heights! The annual Flower Sculpture contest is in a couple of days and everyone in town is working hard to finish their floral works of art. But Nancy, Bess, and George are most excited to see the world-famous pop singer, Miss LaLa, perform. The superstar grew up in River Heights and has agreed to kick off the contest with a song. And just when the girls thought life couldn’t get any better, they run into Miss LaLa herself! The singer is in a bit of a pickle though: She brought a giant hat made of white peonies for the show but she doesn’t have a refrigerator big enough to store it in. George thinks quickly and offers to put it in her mom’s catering refrigerator. But when the girls check on the hat the next morning they see something has gone terribly wrong. Half of the snowy white blooms are wilted and brown! They use their detective skills to rule out a blackout. And George can’t remember if she locked the door last night. Could someone have snuck into the kitchen and switched the fresh flowers with droopy ones? Nancy and her friends are determined to find out! Could it be Madame Withers, whose signature wilted rose perfume was rejected by Miss LaLa? Perhaps it was the famous flower artist Pierre, who was angry that Miss LaLa was the star of the show. Or it maybe it was Benjamin Bing, who ruined his flower sculpture with brown hair spray and had no more white peonies to replace them. It’s up to the Clue Crew—and you—to find out!

Bloom Boom! book
#19
Bloom Boom!
Written and illustrated by April Pulley Sayre
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Discover the magic—and the science—behind spring flower blooms with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll, Best in Snow, and Full of Fall. When spring arrives, flowers of all kinds sprout and grow buds and bloom. Sometimes, they bloom a few at a time. But other times, many will bloom at once in a colorful flower boom! This photographic exploration of flowers goes from the desert to the woodlands and beyond, celebrating their beautiful variety and the science behind these colorful displays.

The Book of Spring book
#20
The Book of Spring
Written and illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

In spring, nature awakens. This charming board book captures that new life, as fields, flowers, and trees blossom; baby lambs and bunnies enter the world; and delicious cherries and strawberries ripen.

Spring book
#21
Spring
Written and illustrated by Ailie Busby
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Follow the children in this book as they discover and explore the unique character of spring, through indoor and outdoor play.

Pig and Goose and the First Day of Spring book
#22
Pig and Goose and the First Day of Spring
Written and illustrated by Rebecca Bond
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this early reader with five short chapters, emerging readers meet Pig and Goose. Pig is happy. She loves to dance. She loves to eat. But she cannot fly. And she cannot swim. Goose can fly like a bird. Goose can glide across the water beautifully. But he cannot tell stories or host a party like Pig can. Pig and Goose are very different. But what they do have in common is that they like each other. And they love springtime. Simple text and charming illustrations guide beginning readers throughout the story and encourage independent reading.

A Little Book about Spring book
#23
A Little Book about Spring
Written by Leo Lionni and illustrated by Julie Hamilton, Leo Lionni
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A new board book for the youngest fans of Leo Lionni--inspired by his bestselling books and perfect for baby showers and springtime reading! Spring is a time of budding trees, chirping birds, and croaking frogs. Discover these and more wonders of spring in this delightful board book inspired by the works of legendary children's book author-illustrator Leo Lionni. With sturdy pages and colorful collage-style artwork, this spring-themed book is perfect for boys and girls ages 0 to 5. Leo's Lionni's Friends is a series of fresh, fun board books inspired by the classic works of author and illustrator Leo Lionni to introduce his work to a new generation of readers.

Abracadabra, It's Spring! book
#24
Abracadabra, It's Spring!
Written by Anne Sibley O'Brien and illustrated by Susan Gal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Sun shines on a patch of snow. Hocus pocus! Where did it go? Winter turns to spring in this lyrical book that celebrates the magic of nature and the changing seasons. Eleven gatefolds open to re-create the excitement and surprise of spring's arrival, revealing what happens when snow melts, trees bud, flowers bloom, birds arrive, and eggs and cocoons hatch. Finally, it's warm enough to pack away winter clothes and go out and play!

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