Looking to switch out your seasonal books in your book basket as the seasons change from winter books to spring? Then we have handpicked the best spring books to read together with your toddlers and preschoolers this season.
Books and Stories about Spring
We are often asked how do I teach my toddler or preschooler about spring and explain the changing season.
Sharing stories and books with your toddlers and preschoolers as winter merges into spring is a great way to introduce them to the world around them. They can connect what they see on the picture book pages with what is going on outside in their own environment.
You may want to introduce these books as soon as the seasons switch at the spring equinox or wait until you see the signs of spring in your own area.
So here you go our list of spring board books and picture books for toddlers and preschoolers.
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One of my favourite books to have for each of the seasons is the Gerda Muller books. The Spring Book has beautiful illustrations contained within the board book and as it’s a wordless book it provides the perfect opportunity for your and your little ones to create your own stories.
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
Another favourite of ours the books by Kate Messner are beautifully illustrated. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt explores the world that comes alive in the spring months as your garden starts to grow. From the worms in the soil to the butterflies emerging and pollinating the flowers.
Check out some of these other gardening books for toddlers and preschoolers that would be perfect to read as you start to sow your own seeds.
The Tiny Seed
Eric Carle is still one of my favourite illustrators and children’s authors. The Tiny Seed is a fantastic book to read with your kids as you teach your kids about the life cycle and how they bloom every spring with this fun interactive book.
Fascinated by seeds – we have put together our favourite books about seeds. Whether you are planting them in spring or collecting them in autumn these books are ideal to read along with your little ones.
Fletcher and the Springtime Blossom
Julia Rawlinson the author behind the Fletcher books and many more has created a beautiful springtime book Fletcher and the Springtime Blossom (we love her autumn book too) where Fletcher discovers the joy of spring, but then white “snowflakes” fall around him and he announces to all his woodland friends that winter has returned. This is a great preschool book that introduces the magic of spring
After a long winter, nature prepares for a busy season of awakening! Share with your kids about the exciting changes that come in spring with the book Busy Spring: Nature Wakes Up by Sean Taylor.
Animals in Spring
We’ve mentioned books about plants, gardening and seeds in the spring but what about the animals. Animals in Spring by Jenny Fretland VanVoorst is a lovely nonfiction book with photographs and pictures of all of the cute baby animals especially the babies that arrive in spring. From lambs and chicks to bunnies and baby birds.
Speaking of animals spring is the perfect time to see some worms and Worm Weather by Jean Taft teaches your kids about the exciting animals that come out during rainy weather as your little ones jump around in the mud and puddles what is happening under their feet.
Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring
We have the full collection of these seasonal books. In Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Kenard Pak we follow a young boy as he learns about the changes in nature from winter to spring. This is a great book to introduce at the end of winter and start of spring so you can talk about the changes that are happening.
When Spring Comes
If you are looking for a book for young toddlers then our recommendation would be When Spring Comes, by Kevin Henkes in this beautifully illustrated book simple phrases and words are used to describe the season and how it changes from winter. Watch as the snow melts and the trees leaves and blossom blooms.
Spring is Here
What better way to welcome spring then with a sleepy bear and a fun mole. The story of Spring is Here: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand is ideal especially if you read about hibernating animals over the winter. Our kids loved this fun story and quickly got the rhythm of the story and repetition in it.
Other notable books
Although we’ve selected our favourites above here’s some others that
- Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Schertle
- Baby Loves Spring by Karen Katz
- Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson
- Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
More Toddlers and Preschool Books for Spring
Check out these other toddler and preschool books we recommend ideal for spring to add to your book box or shelf.
- Frogs books for toddlers and preschoolers
- Frog Life Cycle books for kids
- Bugs and Butterflies books for toddlers and preschoolers
- Nesting Birds
- Easter books for toddlers and preschoolers
Spring Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
After reading the books why not check out some of these fantastic spring activities for you and your toddlers to do together?
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