Happy First Day of Spring!
Whether you are looking for books to check out from the library to build excitement for the season, looking for books to gift in Easter baskets, or something else, I hope the list helps you!
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Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson
With interactive text that encourages the child to touch the pages and make motions, this one is engaging and entertaining while also teaching about how plants grow.
Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Shertle
Little Blue Truck is a favorite storybook character and this sweet addition to the series focuses on baby animals. There is rhythmic, rhyming text and flaps to lift and young kids usually want to read it over and over again!
Guess What is Growing Inside This Egg by Mia Posada, Shake a Leg, Egg! by Kurt Cyrus, The Runaway Egg by Katy Hudson (and the sequel Runaway Baby Brother)
These books are all about animals being born from eggs and I love to use them along with a fun, simple activity using Easter eggs and toy animals. Read all about it here: Spring Learning Activity Using Easter Eggs
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
Featuring gorgeous paintings paired with simple but profound text, this book relates planting a garden to life and kindness as it talks about planting seeds of selfishness versus seeds of kindness. Concepts that may feel abstract for young children are made much more understandable.
Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson
Rabbit collects carrots until he doesn’t have any room left in his home. His friends each offer him a home, but Rabbit’s carrot collection continues to ruin things and he has to learn some life lessons. I think the illustrations in this one are so darling!
The Pink Umbrella by Amelie Callot
I am completely in love with these vintage feeling illustrations paired with a tender story. A woman who brings so much light and joy to her community really struggles with feeling down whenever it rains. But then someone starts leaving her sweet gifts that help turn her rainy days around. This book is a bit longer and is probably best for ages 5 and up.
For more umbrella themed books geared towards a bit younger age, check out my U is for Umbrella lesson.
A Little Chicken by Tammi Sauer
This brand new release features a chicken who is afraid of everything until her sibling’s egg is knocked out of the coop and she has to overcome her fears to save the egg. The illustrations are adorable and the easily frightened chicken is endearing.
999 Frogs Wake Up by Ken Kemura
The frog family wakes up for Spring and is helping all the other animals to wake up too– until they accidentally wake up one they shouldn’t!
Abracadabra, It’s Spring! by Anne Sibley O’Brien
This one captures all the changes that come with Spring and how magical they all feel! Each page has a fold out that kids enjoy opening to reveal the changes of the season.
And some board books for the youngest readers: Baby Loves Spring! by Karen Katz, That’s Not My Chick, That’s Not My Lamb, That’s Not My Bunny, Who Am I? Baby Animals
Also check out my post of Engaging Picture Books about Growing Plants that are all perfect for Spring!