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Well it’s spring break and time so I have had some extra time to READ! I love the start of a new season and spring books are a chance to celebrate the sights, sounds and smells of outdoors, colors, flowers, gardens, bugs and animals. These books are wonderful anchors for lessons to inspire writing, art, science activities and wonder walks! Below is a list (yes, it’s quite long!) of fiction and nonfiction books celebrating spring, including many wonderful new titles and some of my old favorites! I have listed the books from most recent (2016) to oldest (1949!!!) While some may be out of print, check your local or school library for the older titles.
When Spring Comes – Kevin Henkes (2016)
Kevin Henkes brand new book is a sweet, gentle ode to spring that focuses on both nature and a child’s activities. The writing is filled with amazing images to help the reader feel, smell see and hear spring, making it a perfect book for visualizing. I also appreciate gentle repetition and alliteration makes it a great anchor book for writing techniques. Gorgeous illustrations! Love this one!
Abracadabra, It’s Spring! – Anne Sibley O’Brien (2016)
Another 2016 release, this book includes many examples of the signs of spring hidden under large flaps perfect for story time with younger primary students. Vibrant, colorful illustrations!
Hop – Jorey Hurley (2016)
A follow-up to the beautiful book Nest, this book follows a similar pattern of using only one verb per double page spread tells the story of the day in the life of a rabbit family. Soft Spring-colored illustrations help to tell the story.
Puddle – Hyewon Yum (2016)
This wonderful book will inspire your next Art lesson! A young boy is frustrated because the rainy day is preventing him from going out and having fun. That is, until his mom encourages him to draw a picture of himself jumping in a big puddle. Eventually, they venture out to experience the puddle jumping together. Imaginative, simple and fun!
Crinkle, Crackle, CRACK! It’s Spring! – Marion Dane Bauer (2015)
This book came out last year, but I only just discovered it! This book explores the SIGHTS and SOUNDS of Spring as a boy, a bear, and other woodland animals take a night time walk to investigate strange noises and observe the arrival of spring. I enjoyed the repeating phrases and liked how it mentions the not-so-nice parts of spring (mud, slush, etc) as well as the beautiful part of spring – animals waking up, birds hatching and flowers blooming.
Flowers Are Calling – Rita Gray (2015)
An introduction to flowers, animals, and the ways flowers attract pollinators. Stunning illustrations and great information about nature’s interconnections. Interesting to read and gorgeous to look at.
Finding Spring – Carin Berger (2014)
Multidimensional and magical! This is a gentle story filled with information and visual clues exploring the change of seasons. You will LOVE the warm, joyful art in this charming book!
Spring Is Here – Heidi Pross Grey (2013)
I Love how this wonderful book about the spring ties family activities and nature together. Gentle text, soft illustrations. This is a book I use as an anchor for inspiring spring writing!
And Then It’s Spring – Julie Fogliano (2012)
This book makes my heart smile. Simple, sparse text, gorgeous, expressive illustrations. A boy and his dog. tired of the brown of winter, plant seeds and patiently wait for them to grow. “Please do not stomp here. There are seeds and they are trying.” This is one of my favorites.
Sorting Through Spring – Lizann Flatt (2013)
Nature comes to life to help children grasp “big ideas” in Math in this clever series. In this book the concepts of patterning, sorting, and probability are explored. This series of four books about Math concepts in seasons is perfect for the early primary students. Other books include Counting On Fall, Sizing Up Winter, and Shaping Up Summer.
Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms – Julie Rawlinson (2009)
Although not as charming for me as Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, I still am fond of this dear little fox who is, once again, confused by seasonal changes. In this story, he thinks that falling tree blossoms are snow and tries to get the animals to go back to their wintertime activities. Cute read-aloud and colorful illustrations.
A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox – Wendy Pfeffer (2008)
A reprint soft cover edition of the classic book which can be paired with The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice. This informative nonfiction book is filled with information describing seasonal changes. I like the section that highlights the many cultural celebrations and festivals that welcome and honour springtime.
Who Likes Rain? – Wong Herbert Yee (2007)
Rain is a big part of springtime in Vancouver so this is a perfect “connect” book for my students! Rich with rhymes and repetition of sounds, this story is about a young girl exploring the sights and sounds of rain. This is the first in a four book series about the seasons. Delightful illustrations!
HandSPRINGS – Douglas Florian (2006)
Douglas Florian is my favorite children’s poet. His clever wit, playful way with words, and whimsical illustrations make his poetry books favorite read-alouds in my class. This is one in a series of four poetry books about the seasons.
Spring’s Sprung -Lynn Plourde (2002)
In this 4 book series, which also includes Wild Child (autumn), Summer’s Vacation, and Winter Waits, Lynn Plourde uses personification to tell the story of each season. In this book. Mother Earth rouses her three daughters, March, April and May. They are so busy arguing with each other that they forget their job is to make the world beautiful. Gorgeous illustrations and lovely rhyming text!
Poppleton in Spring – Cynthia Rylant (1999)
I adore Cynthia Rylant and hold a special place in my heart for the Poppleton early reader series. have such fond memories of reading them to my boys when they were young and have read them over the years to many primary classes. This is a level three beginning reader that includes three delightful stories with simple-to-follow plot lines all about Poppleton the pig and his friends, Cherry Sue the Llama and Hudson, the mouse. In this book there is a story about spring cleaning, buying a new bike and, my favorite – sleeping in the backyard in a tent and “paying attention” to Spring. If you have not read any of the Poppleton books, you are MISSING OUT!
The Happy Day – Ruth Krauss (1949)
Woodland animals awake from their deep winter’s sleep to discover the first sign of spring’a flower blooming in the snow. This timeless book was first published in 1949 and was a Caldecott honour book in 1950. The illustrations in this book always makes me smile.
Thanks for stopping by! Which book or books have caught your eye?
What is your favorite book to celebrate the coming of spring?