15 Picture Books to Welcome Spring

C’mon, warmer weather!

Spring brings new possibilities to be experienced by all the senses. These spring books for kids are a great way to usher in the new season with young students.

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1. Singing in the Rain by Tim Hopgood (PreK–1)

Tim Hopgood’s cheerful illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to the lyrics of the classic song by Freed and Brown. Because really, what better way to welcome spring than with a rainbow’s worth of galoshes, bright umbrellas, and splash-worthy puddles?

2. Flower Garden by Eve Bunting (PreK–1)

Jaunty rhyming text tells how a little girl brings spring to the window of her apartment building, just in time for her mother’s birthday. Lest children think spring is only celebrated in woods and meadows, this story is a wonderful example of how the season can be experienced in the city.

3. Abracadabra, It’s Spring! by Anne Sibley O’Brien (PreK–1)

Presto chango and alakazam! Students will enjoy guessing the rhyming words in this lift-the-flap ode to the signs of spring’s arrival.

4. Worm Weather by Jean Taft (PreK–1)

The bouncing, sparse text and happy illustrations perfectly capture the wiggling, squelching delight of a wet and muddy spring day.

5. Let’s Look at Spring by Sarah L. Schuette (PreK–1)

Simple text and full-page photographs invite students to talk about their own impressions of spring. Re-released alongside the new Capstone 4D app, certain pages link to online resources that feature things such as spring craft directions.

6. When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes (PreK–1)

Kevin Henkes, with his signature ability to choose just the right words, contrasts the bleakness of winter’s end with spring’s promising arrival. The astute observations (“Spring can come quickly or slowly. It changes its mind a lot.”) and lively alliteration (“There will be buds and bees and boots and bubbles.”) are spot-on.

7. Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel (K–1)

This iconic pair is lovable in any season, but the vignette “Spring,” in which Frog joyously wakes a hibernating Toad so they can resume their fun together, is particularly heartwarming.

8. Spectacular Spring: All Kinds of Spring Facts and Fun by Bruce Goldstone (PreK–2)

You’d be hard pressed to think of a topic related to spring not celebrated in this collection of bright, close-up photographs and cheerful, informational blurbs. Topics include everything from plant growth, wet weather, and baby animals to spring-cleaning and spring art projects. Spectacular, indeed!

9. Spring for Sophie by Yael Werber (PreK–2)

Who hasn’t felt like Sophie, who is dejectedly staring out the window at the snow and bored with indoor activities? Her parents implore her to use each of her senses to detect small signs of a new season to come. Eventually, in this delightfully sweet story, she’s rewarded.

10. Everything Spring by Jill Esbaum (PreK–2)

It’s hard to decide what’s more enjoyable about this celebration of spring: the stunning photographs or the exuberantly descriptive vocabulary. Share this title to help your students unfurl, totter, trickle, and scurry into a new season.

11. The Spring Visitors by Karel Hayes (PreK–2)

In Karel Hayes’s Visitors series, when summer guests pack up and head home from a lakeside cottage, some unexpected locals stealthily take up residence. In this most recent installment, the bear family wakes up from a long, cozy hibernation to enjoy wet and muddy spring fun. They make their exit just in time, in an ending that will have children chuckling.

12. Every Day Birds by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater (PreK–3)

Birdsongs provide the soundtrack for spring. This title includes peppy descriptions, written in verse, of common North American birds. Back matter includes more information about each species.

13. Wake Up! by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder (PreK–3)

In the fourth collaboration by this photographer and poet team, short verses invite readers to study stunning photographs that celebrate springtime awakenings.

14. A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox by Wendy Pfeffer (K–3)

What does the start of spring mean in cultures around the world? This nonfiction title explains the science behind the spring equinox and gives diverse examples of how it’s honored. A variety of recipes and project directions offer plenty of possibilities for welcoming spring in your classroom.

15. Robins!: How They Grow Up by Eileen Christelow (K–3)

Full of information about robins, one of the most emblematic signs of spring, the author’s note shares that this book was prompted by the author’s own experiences observing a robin family in her garden shed. Inspire students to learn more about the habits of these birds and their bright blue eggs, or whichever signs of spring catch their eyes.

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Plus, check out 7 signs you know it’s spring in your classroom.

 

Lindsay Barrett

Posted byLindsay Barrett

A former elementary teacher and reading nonprofit director, Lindsay now works as a literacy consultant and freelance writer while wrangling her three young children.

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