Favorite Children’s Books for Spring

nature activities from It's Spring

These are some of our favorite stories to read as we celebrate the arrival of spring.  

(Be sure to check back as I continue to update this list with new favorites we discover and old favorites I forgot!)

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Miss Rumphius is a delightful tale of a young girl who grows up and does something to make the world beautiful.  Barbara Cooney is a magnificient author/illustrator.

 

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We LOVE Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad at our house.  In “The Corner” (from Frog & Toad All Year), the two friends go looking for spring, which is just around the corner.

 

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Toad has a little trouble with “The Garden” (from Frog & Toad Together) but it all turns out in the end, with a little help from his pal Frog.

 

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In “The Kite” (from Days with Frog & Toad), the two friends have some funny trouble trying to fly a kite.

 

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Follow a tiny seed on a journey through the life cycle of a plant in Eric Carle’s The Tiny Seed.

 

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From Seed to Plant offers another brief, easy to understand description of a plant’s life cycle.

 

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Feathers for Lunch highlights several common feeder birds, making it a great book to read in spring.  Who doesn’t love Lois Ehlert’s bright and artistic, yet accurate illustrations?

 

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Once again, no Yankee Homestead favorite book list would be complete without a Cynthia Rylant title (or two or three).  We love Rylant’s “Easy Reader” books, and Poppleton in Spring is no exception.

 

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Rylant’s Henry & Mudge are favorite characters at our house, especially with Older Brother, who is six.  Puddle Trouble is especially appropriate for spring.

 

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The Little Lamb is a classic tale by mother-daughter duo Phoebe and Judy Dunn, built around Phoebe’s photography.  I remember reading these books as a child!  All of them use beautiful photographs to depict the raising of an animal, cared for by a child.  This one about Timothy the Springtime Lamb is probably our favorite.  Little Brother especially loves what happens when Timothy attends a birthday party with Emmy.

 

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Another story by Phoebe and Judy Dunn, The Little Kitten tells the story of Pickle the cat as he grows up on Jenny’s farm.

 

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The Little Rabbit may be Older Brother’s favorite of the Dunns’ animal stories.  Buttercup the bunny arrives in Sarah’s Easter basket and gets into all sorts of mischief as he grows.

 

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In The Little Duck, a little boy discovers a duck egg.  He hatches and raises Henry the duck, taking good care of him until Henry sets off to find a real pond and another duck like himself.

 

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The Carrot Seed is a very short and simple tale of a small boy who was determined to grow a carrot, despite a lack of support or encouragement from those around him.

 

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The Wind Blew is a short and humorous account of what happened one windy day.

 

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My Spring Robin is a short and sweet account of a little girl looking for “her” robin to return in the spring.  She explores various springtime things before finally finding her red-breasted friend.

 

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It’s Spring give an excellent overview of nature in spring.  My boys had a lot of fun recognizing many of the same signs of spring they’ve discovered in our own yard.  At the end of the book is a great list of ideas for springtime nature activities.  (Pictured below.) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read my review of Mud here.

Happy Spring!

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Kathleen Henderson

Kathleen Henderson

Let's get real! I’m Kathleen Henderson, your Natural Living Mentor. I’m on a mission to help families see the joy in real food, while finding natural remedies and creating a nontoxic home. Learn more about my story >>

2 Comments

  1. Avatar Debi on 04/06/2013 at 5:13 pm

    What a fantastic list! We’ve enjoyed quite a few of these, but many are new to me, so thanks for sharing!

    • Avatar Kathleen on 04/06/2013 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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