While we love to make up and tell our own stories, we also love to sit together and read books.
Our go-to resource for books is our amazing library. It is so rare that they don’t have a book I’m looking for. Therefore, we don’t actually own a lot of books and instead go to the library A LOT. If you haven’t taken advantage of your local library, I highly recommend it. And while you’re there, ask the librarian for their recommendations. They may lead you to a hidden gem….
Our Favorite Springtime Books
And then it’s spring by Julie Fogliano – Ages 3+
This is by far one of our favorite spring books. A young boy goes outside where everything is brown. He plants seeds and patiently waits for them to grow while nature slowly wakes up. And then one day, he is greeted by a lush green world. The illustrations are very detailed and children love detecting all the little nuances. Is that a dog trying to grow a bone?
How Robin Saved Spring by Debbie Ouellet – Ages 4+
Lady Winter is determined to keep Sister Spring in a deep slumber so that the world can remain covered by a blanket of snow. But robin and the other animals have a different idea and are ready for Sister Spring to wake up. The illustrations in this book are memorizing and could carry the story without words. It’s such a joy to page through this book.
Listen, Listen by Phillis Gershator and Alison Jay – Ages 2+
This book tells the story of the season in a quaint little town. For each season the sights and sounds are described and together with the illustrations a beautiful is created. The sounds that come with each season are written out and are especially appealing to very young children.
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey – Ages 3+
This classic tale doesn’t really need an introduction, does it? This heart-warming story of a duck family venturing through the city of Boston to find the perfect home for their wee ones. The simple illustrations are engaging yet leave plenty of room for imagination.
The Easter Egg by Jan Brett – Ages 3+
This story is much more than just about Easter. Hoppi, a young bunny, is trying to figure out what kind of egg to make. He goes from wanting to copy another bunnies egg to deciding to make an egg that he is proud of. The story takes in interesting turn and Hoppi ends up watching over a robin’s egg until it hatches and he ends up with the most unique egg after all. All around a lovely Easter story with wonderful lessons for young children.
An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston – Ages 4+
The stunning illustrations and charming text introduce a child to the fascinating world of eggs. Who knew that eggs could be that many different colors? I really like this book compared to other non-fiction books because it doesn’t overwhelm a young child with facts. Even simply looking at the illustrations is a wonderful experience.
A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston – Ages 4+
This is another one of Aston’s amazing books. This time she introduces young children to world of nests that come in all different shapes and sizes. From birds, to bees to lizards and even orangutans, your child can explore where baby animals live and grow. When I think of nests, I often only think of bird’s nest and this book has really opened my narrow view of nests.
It’s Spring! by Samantha Berger – Ages 2+
This is a simple rhyming story about the arrival of spring. The news is passed on from one animal to the next until it reaches bear and the birds sing “Wake up, it’s spring!” Don’t be surprised if your child asks to read this book again and again until you both can recite the text.
Spring by Gerda Muller – Ages 2+
This wordless board book is part of series that includes summer, autumn and winter. The detailed illustrations invite your child to explore the many wonderful things spring has to offer. Every page has a different story to tell. It makes storytelling very easy and comfortable. You’ll be amazed by easily the words flow by simply looking at the pictures.
These are our most treasured spring books and for our favorite gardening books, take a look here.
In the meantime….