Picture Books for Spring
From buds on trees to sprouting seeds and baby animals, there’s always something new to discover when winter melts away and new life begins to blossom. Celebrate spring with this delightful collection of picture books.
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The Happy Day
by Ruth Krauss
After a long winter, spring arrives and all the animals know it! Bears and mice and rabbits and squirrels all emerge from their underground hideaways to celebrate the very first scent of spring—a single yellow blossom bursting up through the snow.
A Seed Is Sleepy
by Dianna Hutts Aston
A whole book about something as ordinary as a seed? Well, you’re about to discover that there is no such thing as an ordinary seed! There are millions of seed varieties to be studied and each one is different from all the others—and they’re all amazing!
Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic
by Steven Schnur
For budding poetry lovers, this is the best spring picture book! In Steve Schnur’s creative collection of spring poems, every letter of the alphabet has its own acrostic poem. And with striking hand-colored linocut illustrations, these poems are sure to please—from A to Z!
Who Likes Rain?
by Wong Herbert Yee
A girl watches the spring rain pitter-pat against the window and wonders Who Likes Rain? But then she puts on boots and a raincoat and sets out to find the answer. And as she explores the wet world outside, she discovers lots of reasons to like the rain!
First the Egg
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
The age-old question is back—which came first, the chicken or the egg? While you may not find the much sought after answer in this book, you will find a creative tale of beginnings and endings told with vividly painted illustrations and cleverly placed cutouts.
by Henry Cole
It’s “The House that Jack Built” with a garden-y twist! Read along as Jack plants seeds, and then watch as the rain helps his seedlings sprout. Learn the names of plants, beetles, flowers, and birds—but most of all, let Jack’s Garden help you find your own green thumb!
by Ruth Brown
What happens when you plant ten seeds? Well, they might all grow—but maybe they won’t! In this delightful counting book, you’ll discover that when ants, mice, and playful puppies roam the garden, you never know how many seeds will eventually become plants.
A Nest Is Noisy
by Dianna Hutts Aston
Have you ever watched a bird gather twigs to build her nest? In A Nest Is Noisy, you’ll discover that there is much more to a nest than just a few twigs. Nests can be made out of many materials and by many creatures—and this book explores them all!
by Mary Lyn Ray
Mud—gooey, gloppy, mucky mud. Some may consider it a nuisance, but for a child who happens upon a patch of mud after the first spring thaw, it’s a perfect playground. Mud isn’t something to be avoided—it should be plunged into and celebrated with happy abandon!
by Elly MacKay
When a butterfly-loving little girl moves to a new town with her parents, she’s excited to discover that her new house is right next to Butterfly Park. But wait…Butterfly Park has no butterflies! How can the girl and her friends bring butterflies to the park?
Planting a Rainbow
by Lois Ehlert
With just a few seed packets and seedlings, a mother and child fill their garden with all the colors of the rainbow. Introducing readers to the colorful world of flower gardening, Planting a Rainbow might even inspire your young reader to grow a rainbow!
When Spring Comes
by Kevin Henkes
How do you know when spring is finally here? This picture book encourages readers to wait and watch for all the ways spring announces its arrival. From the slow blossoming of trees to the first green shoots pushing up through the dirt, when spring comes, you’ll know it!
And Then It’s Spring
by Julie Fogliano
It’s the very beginning of spring and a young boy and his dog head outside to plant a garden. They wait and they watch, but everything is still brown. The rain comes, but they still can’t see any green in the garden. When will spring come and finally turn the brown to green?
Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms
by Julia Rawlinson
Fletcher the Fox has a perplexing problem. Although he thought spring had already arrived, it has started to snow down in the orchard! Fletcher hurries to warn all the other animals that winter is on its way back … but could there be another explanation for the unexpected “snow” shower?
by Jean Taft
When spring comes and the rain begins to fall, there’s lots of fun to be had. After all, rain brings worms, and worm weather is the best weather. It’s perfect for outdoor fun, like splashing in puddles, and indoor fun, like a cozy pizza party. What will you do when worm weather comes?
by Marcus Pfister
Ava loves walking in the field near her house, but her walks become even more exciting when Ava discovers a beautiful red poppy growing all alone in the field! She visits the poppy every day, but when it begins to wither and wilt, is it the end of Ava’s poppy?
Tap the Magic Tree
by Christie Matheson
If you could, would you coax a bare brown tree to burst back to life again? In Tap the Magic Tree, you will turn the words into motion, enticing the tree along its journey from winter to spring, from spring to summer, through fall and winter, and then back to spring again.
Hank Finds an Egg
by Rebecca Dudley
In this delightful wordless picture book, Hank finds an egg resting on the forest floor. Hank is determined to return the egg to the safety of its home, but along the way he discovers something even better. Because when he found an egg, Hank also found a friend!
Pick, Pull, Snap!
Where Once a Flower Bloomed
by Lola M. Schaefer
There’s a garden waiting to be harvested in this delightful interactive picture book! It’s a gardening how-to, a botany lesson, and a walk through the seasons, all in one. Large flaps invite children to pick, pull, and snap their way from seed to flower to fruit.
Born in the Wild:
Baby Mammals and Their Parents
by Lita Judge
It’s spring, and for many animals that means time for new babies to be born! In Lita Judge’s Born in the Wild, your young reader will become acquainted with lots of animal babies and their mamas. Get ready to oooh and awww with every single page turn!
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Spring Picture Books Recommended by Our Readers
- What Will Hatch? by Jennifer Ward (Recommended by Linda D., AALP Staff)
- Spring Song by Barbara Sueling (Recommended by Linda D., AALP Staff)
- On a Snow-Melting Day: Seeking Signs of Spring by Buffy Silverman (Recommended by Renée L., AALP Staff)
- Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (Recommended by Gianna M., via Facebook)
- The Curious Garden by Peter Brown (Recommended by Gianna M., via Facebook)
- Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Schertle (Recommended by Rebekah B., via Facebook)
- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (Recommended by Tosha K., via Facebook)
- Four Puppies by Anne Heathers (Recommended by Lori C., via Facebook)
- The Gardener by Sarah Stewart (Recommended by Megan O., via Facebook)
- The Pond by Jim LaMarche (Recommended by @momma_dna, via Instagram)
- Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner (Recommended by Sherry)
Do you have a favorite Spring picture book about kindness? Please share it in the comments and I’ll add it to our Readers’ Picks list!