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Welcome The Season Of Growth with these Spring books for preschoolers

28 Spring Books for Preschoolers to Welcome the Season of Growth

Dive into spring with our handpicked selection of spring books for preschoolers. Explore nature, adventure, and learning through engaging stories perfect for little readers.

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Introduction

Having a library stocked with spring books for preschoolers offers the perfect transition from winter to the reveal of the first brave blooms of the year. Help preschoolers make sense of this natural wonder by exploring spring themes and concepts through literature. Preschoolers, with their endless curiosity and joy for the new, can find in books the perfect companions to learn about this vibrant season.

Our curated list of 28 spring books for preschoolers is a gateway to outdoor adventures, an introduction to the science of life, and a celebration of the world’s colorful palette. Each book has been chosen for its ability to blend fun stories with educational content, interactive elements, and themes that are synonymous with spring – from the tiniest insects awakening to the tallest trees blossoming.

If you’ve been following us for a while now, you know we love to use books as the foundation for broader learning concepts. This method is great for preschool homeschoolers and for busy parents who want to engage their preschoolers in learning activities at their own pace and interest. We took our list of 28 spring-themed books and categorized each book into 7 themes to hopefully make it easier to sort through and find the perfect springtime book for your preschooler.

Spring Nature and Science

Spring is the perfect season to help preschoolers learn about the life cycle of a butterfly. Use this learning activity with The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Eric Carle.
Spring is the perfect season to help preschoolers learn about the life cycle of a butterfly. Use this learning activity with The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Eric Carle. | via TigerKubz

Explore spring weather patterns, plant life, animals that are active in spring, and other natural phenomena with preschoolers with these books.

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
  • “It’s Spring!” by Samantha Berger and Pamela Chanko
  • “Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt” by Kate Messner
  • “Worm Weather” by Jean Taft
  • “The Reason for a Flower” by Ruth Heller
  • “In the Small, Small Pond” by Denise Fleming
  • “A Seed Is Sleepy” by Dianna Hutts Aston

Growth and Renewal

Preschoolers will love these stories that focus on themes of growth, such as planting a garden, the life cycle of a butterfly, or baby animals. A great category to introduce science concepts to preschoolers.

  • “Planting a Rainbow” by Lois Ehlert
  • “And Then It’s Spring” by Julie Fogliano
  • “Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms” by Julia Rawlinson

Spring Adventures

Narratives that follow characters on springtime adventures, exploring the outdoors, going on picnics, or discovering new places as the world awakens.

  • “Little Blue Truck’s Springtime” by Alice Schertle
  • “When Spring Comes” by Kevin Henkes
  • “Spring is Here” by Will Hillenbrand

Colors of Spring

Books with a focus on the vibrant colors that spring brings, including rainbows after rain, blooming flowers, and green foliage.

  • “Mouse’s First Spring” by Lauren Thompson
  • “A Little Book About Spring” by Leo Lionni
  • “Wow! Said the Owl” by Tim Hopgood

Spring Holidays and Celebrations

Titles that discuss holidays like Easter, Earth Day, Arbor Day, or cultural celebrations that occur during the spring months.

  • “Egg” by Kevin Henkes (Easter and renewal)
  • “The Earth Book” by Todd Parr (Earth Day)
  • “It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny” by Marilyn Sadler (Easter)

Rainy Day Reads

Stories perfect for reading on rainy spring days, featuring themes of rainy weather, indoor activities, and the joy of puddle-jumping.

Stories perfect for reading on rainy spring days, featuring themes of rainy weather, indoor activities, and the joy of puddle-jumping.

  • “Rain!” by Linda Ashman
  • “Mushroom in the Rain” by Mirra Ginsburg
  • “Listen to the Rain” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

Learning and Concept Books

Educational books that might introduce concepts like counting, letters, or basic science principles are set against a backdrop of springtime scenes or themes.

  • “Over in the Meadow” by Olive A. Wadsworth (baby animals and counting)
  • “My Spring Robin” by Anne Rockwell (learning about birds)
  • “Bear Wants More” by Karma Wilson (concepts of hunger/fullness and seasons)
  • “Counting in the Garden” by Emily Hruby (counting and gardening)

Spring Nature and Science

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle

Why Perfect for Spring: This classic tale is a springtime rite of passage for every preschooler. Following the journey of a caterpillar to butterfly, it mirrors the transformation seen in nature during spring.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The colorful illustrations and interactive die-cut pages make counting and days of the week fun to learn as children follow the caterpillar’s voracious path.

It’s Spring!
by Samantha Berger and Pamela Chanko

Why Perfect for Spring: This book’s rhythmic text and joyful illustrations celebrate the arrival of spring, covering themes like blooming flowers, chirping birds, and baby animals.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The repetitive phrases and playful sounds will have kids chanting along, feeling the rhythm of the season.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
by Kate Messner

Why Perfect for Spring: This book explores the hidden world beneath our feet – from the hardworking worms to the busy insects, vital to our ecosystem.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The story combines dirt-level detail with a bird’s-eye view of a garden’s growth, providing a new perspective on nature.

Worm Weather
by Jean Taft

Why Perfect for Spring: It celebrates the simple, muddy joy that comes with spring showers and the playful activities that follow.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: Preschoolers are drawn to the fun rhymes and the idea of playing in the rain and mud, which is synonymous with springtime.

The Reason for a Flower
by Ruth Heller

Why Perfect for Spring: Heller’s richly illustrated book explores the purpose of a flower and delves into the intricacies of plant life, pollination, and the cycle of growth—a wonderful introduction to botany for young minds during the season when flowers begin to bloom.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The combination of poetic language and vivid, detailed illustrations will captivate preschoolers, offering them a colorful window into the natural world’s wonders and the vital role flowers play in the ecosystem.

In the Small, Small Pond
by Denise Fleming

Why Perfect for Spring: This Caldecott Honor-winning book brings to life the bustling activity in a pond throughout the spring. From wiggling tadpoles to hopping frogs, it captures the essence of springtime in a freshwater habitat.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: Preschoolers will be drawn to the book’s bold, colorful illustrations and simple, rhythmic text. Describing various pond creatures and their activities provides an engaging way to learn about life in and around water.

A Seed Is Sleepy
by Dianna Hutts Aston

Why Perfect for Spring: Aston’s lyrical exploration of seeds and their journey from dormancy to germination is a beautiful tribute to the power and mystery of nature. It aligns perfectly with the season of growth and renewal.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The book’s gentle narrative and stunningly detailed illustrations invite curiosity about the natural world. Its portrayal of seeds transforming into plants will inspire wonder and questions about how life begins and flourishes.

Spring Books for Preschoolers About Growth and Renewal

Planting a Rainbow
by Lois Ehlert

Why Perfect for Spring: Ehlert’s vibrant story teaches children about the colors of the rainbow through the lens of growing a flower garden – a quintessential spring activity.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: With its bold, graphic illustrations and simple, educational text, this book will inspire little ones to start their own gardens and watch them bloom.

And Then It’s Spring
by Julie Fogliano

Why Perfect for Spring: This beautifully written story captures the anticipation and patience required when planting seeds and waiting for them to sprout – mirroring the season’s essence of anticipation and reward.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The gentle narrative and soft illustrations invite children to appreciate the slow magic of nature’s rebirth.

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms
by Julia Rawlinson

Why Perfect for Spring: Fletcher the fox mistakes falling blossoms for snow and rushes to warn his friends, but they find out it’s actually spring.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The mix-up is a gentle introduction to seasons, and the illustrations of spring’s beauty are enchanting.

Adventurous Spring Books for Preschoolers

Little Blue Truck’s Springtime
by Alice Schertle

Why Perfect for Spring: A springtime adventure with the Little Blue Truck introduces young readers to baby animals, a staple of the season’s new beginnings.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The lift-the-flap design adds an element of surprise and interaction as children meet each new animal.

When Spring Comes
by Kevin Henkes

Why Perfect for Spring: Before spring arrives, the world seems quiet and brown, but this book reveals the subtle changes that lead to the explosion of life that the season brings.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The transformation of the landscape depicted in the book echoes the changes they see outside, sparking their imagination.

Spring is Here
by Will Hillenbrand

Why Perfect for Spring: It’s a warm story about friendship and the changing of seasons, as Mole tries to wake up Bear to show him that spring has arrived.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The tale of Mole and Bear is not only heartwarming but also teaches the concept of hibernation and the cycles of nature.

Colors of Spring

Mouse’s First Spring
by Lauren Thompson

Why Perfect for Spring: Mouse discovers the world around him in the fresh springtime, providing a sweet narrative of exploration and new experiences.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The sense of discovery with each turn of the page will captivate preschoolers, mirroring their own explorations.

A Little Book About Spring
by Leo Lionni

Why Perfect for Spring: Lionni’s signature style brings to life the wonders of spring, from green sprouts to rainbow-colored eggs.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The bright, bold illustrations are eye-catching, and the simple text is easy for preschoolers to understand.

Wow! Said the Owl
by Tim Hopgood

Why Perfect for Spring: This story invites readers to explore the vibrant colors of the day with a curious owl who decides to stay awake. The myriad of colors found in spring, from the pink dawn to the blue sky and the yellow sun, are beautifully illustrated.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: Preschoolers will be captivated by the owl’s discovery of colors in the world around it. The book’s simple, repetitive phrases and bright, bold illustrations encourage color recognition and the joy of discovery, mirroring the awakening of nature in spring.

Spring Books About Holidays and Celebrations for Preschoolers

Egg (Easter and renewal)
by Kevin Henkes

Why Perfect for Spring: This delightful story unfolds with four eggs, one of which takes a little longer to hatch, offering a message of patience and anticipation synonymous with the spring season. The themes of Easter and renewal are woven throughout this minimalistic yet profound narrative.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: Henkes’ signature illustration style, combined with the suspense of waiting for the final egg to hatch, captures the attention of young readers. The surprise ending brings a smile and teaches a lesson about unexpected friendships.

The Earth Book (Earth Day)
by Todd Parr

Why Perfect for Spring: Celebrating Earth Day, this book introduces young readers to the importance of taking care of our planet. With its bright, bold illustrations, it covers simple but powerful ways children can help the Earth, aligning perfectly with the season of renewal and growth.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: Todd Parr’s engaging and colorful illustrations paired with straightforward text make complex concepts like recycling, conservation, and love for our planet accessible and exciting for preschoolers. It’s never too early to inspire kids to be proactive about environmental stewardship with positive messages and actionable steps.

It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny (Easter)
by Marilyn Sadler

Why Perfect for Spring: P.J. Funnybunny is a bunny who doesn’t want to be a bunny anymore and tries living with other animals, exploring themes of identity and acceptance. The story aligns with Easter but goes beyond the holiday to explore self-discovery and appreciation of one’s own qualities.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The humorous adventures of P.J. Funnybunny in his quest to find where he belongs will keep preschoolers entertained and engaged. The repetitive structure of the story supports early reading skills, and its ultimate message about self-acceptance and the value of home resonates with young children.

Rainy Day Reads

Rain!
by Linda Ashman

Why Perfect for Spring: The book captures the essence of a rainy spring day through the eyes of a young boy and a grumpy old man, showing how the same weather can affect people differently. It’s a celebration of puddles and the simple joy of a rainy day.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: Children will relate to the young boy’s excitement about the rain and be encouraged to find joy in the simplest things. The contrast between characters adds depth, teaching empathy and the power of positivity.

Mushroom in the Rain
by Mirra Ginsburg

Why Perfect for Spring: Adapted from a Russian folktale, this story of an ant taking shelter under a small mushroom during a rainstorm, which then grows to shelter other animals, beautifully illustrates the magic of nature and the concept of sharing.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The repetition and building narrative encourage prediction and participation. Preschoolers will enjoy the tale of friendship and cooperation and the surprise ending that reveals the mushroom’s true nature.

Listen to the Rain
by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

Why Perfect for Spring: This book lyrically captures the sounds and rhythms of a rainstorm, from the soft pitter-patter to the loud cloudbursts, concluding with the quiet that follows. It’s a sensory exploration of one of spring’s most common occurrences.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The melodic text and dynamic illustrations make the rainstorm come alive. Preschoolers will be drawn to the rhythmic repetition and the immersive, onomatopoeic language, enhancing their auditory literacy skills.

Preschool Learning and Concept Books

Over in the Meadow
by Olive A. Wadsworth

Why Perfect for Spring: This timeless counting song set in a meadow is filled with animal mothers and their babies, making it perfect for spring. The book introduces numbers and natural habitats in a fun, sing-song way.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The rhyming text and counting element, along with the introduction to meadow life, make learning numbers fun. Preschoolers will enjoy mimicking the animal sounds and counting each of the baby animals.

My Spring Robin
by Anne Rockwell

Why Perfect for Spring: Celebrating the signs of spring through the eyes of a child looking for their first robin, this book introduces various springtime elements before the joyful discovery of the robin itself.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The simple narrative and relatable quest of looking for a robin, a sign of spring, make this book a delight. The illustrations of spring elements like flowers, rain, and animals provide a visual feast for young readers.

Bear Wants More
by Karma Wilson

Why Perfect for Spring: After waking up from hibernation, Bear is hungry and goes on a quest for more food, encountering friends and the new life of spring along the way. It’s a humorous story about friendship, sharing, and the seasons.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The rhythmic text and recurring refrain of “Bear wants more” are engaging for young listeners. The themes of hunger, fullness, and the changing seasons are presented in a way that preschoolers can understand and enjoy.

Counting in the Garden
by Emily Hruby

Why Perfect for Spring: This book combines the joys of gardening with the foundational skill of counting, presenting an array of garden creatures and plants in a visually appealing way that encourages number recognition and early math skills.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: Preschoolers will delight in counting the colorful illustrations of plants and animals, making connections between numbers and the natural world. The interactive aspect of searching and counting items adds an element of fun to learning.

Sorting Through Spring
by Lizann Flatt

Why Perfect for Spring: This book introduces basic math concepts such as sorting, patterning, and counting, set against the backdrop of springtime changes in nature. It’s a perfect blend of seasonal learning and mathematical exploration.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The engaging questions and challenges prompt children to think critically about the natural patterns they observe in spring. The illustrations are vibrant and filled with spring imagery, making math concepts accessible and enjoyable.

Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money
by Emily Jenkins

Why Perfect for Spring: Though set in a wintry landscape, this story about entrepreneurship, perseverance, and basic money management bridges the seasonal transition with its underlying message of hope and renewal. The lemonade stand serves as a metaphor for planting seeds of ideas and watching them grow.

Why Preschoolers Will Love It: The adventurous spirit of the siblings, combined with the practical math lessons woven into their story, makes learning about money management fun and relatable. The contrast between the cold setting and the concept of lemonade—a typically summery drink—captures the imagination and teaches valuable lessons in economics and creativity.

Conclusion

As our springtime journey through books comes to a close, we hope you’ve found the perfect spring reads to share with your preschooler. Whether it’s discovering new life in a garden, splashing in puddles on a rainy day, or learning through colorful stories, each book is a seed planted for a lifetime love of reading.

Spring is a season of new beginnings, and what better way to celebrate it than by exploring these wonderful stories together? Remember, every book you read, every story you share, adds your child’s imagination and expands their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

Spring themed preschool learning activities based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book. Flat lay of kit activities includes caterpillar tracing activities, caterpillar finger puppet craft, apple and cheese yarning activity to practice hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, and much more.
Spring themed preschool learning activities based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book | via TigerKubz

If you are looking for spring-themed preschool learning activities, check out our newest learning kit based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book. It’s a digital download, so you can jump right into a spring rich themed lesson today!

We’d love to hear which books caught your eye or if there are any springtime favorites we missed. Drop us a comment, share your spring reading adventures, or give us a shoutout on social media.

Happy spring reading, everyone! May your days be filled with sunshine, laughter, and lots of good books.

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