Here are 20 children’s books to read this spring. Since it is now officially spring, we’ve packed away our winter books and replaced them with spring themed ones. Some of these have been in our collection for several years and others are new to us this year. My eldest (F) is almost 4 and my youngest (E) just 10 months so there are recommendations of fantastic spring reads for babies right through to preschoolers and perhaps slightly older.
I like fruit – This is a great little board book featuring lots of fruit, grouped by colour. Each double page spread also has one textural element to it.
Peppa’s Easter egg hunt – Grandpa pig organises an Easter egg hunt for Peppa and her friends. My eldest is almost 4 and is still a big Peppa fan. We read this book daily.
Oh Dear! – From the author of Dear Zoo. This is a classic farmyard lift the flap book. Buster needs to find the eggs for breakfast but he can’t remember which animal produces them. F has enjoyed this book from a young age. She enjoys the simple text, bold colourful pictures, lift the flap elements and making the animal noises.
The odd egg – A new one to us that E is getting for Easter. All the birds have eggs waiting to hatch except duck. Fortunately, duck finds an egg, a rather odd egg. When it hatches they are all in for a big surprise.
The very hungry caterpillar – We have the full book and this mini finger puppet book which E adores. I find that babies love puppet books. We also adore the classic story which apart from being a lovely story, helps with counting and also teaches children about the butterfly/caterpillar life cycle.
Peter Rabit, my first board book – A very simple board book with an interactive element on each page (pull the tab and part of the picture moves). We particularly love the last page where pulling the tab tucks Peter Rabbit up in bed for the night.
My first book of nature – A book full of lovely illustrations with a vintage feel. Not a story but a collection of nature images for toddlers to learn new words.
That’s not my lamb – We love this series of books. Simple illustrations, textures to provide interest and repetition. Perfect for young readers and this one is just right for spring time.
Baby’s very first fingertrail play book garden – Another great book for babies from Usborne. This one has lots of textures, trails to trace with their fingers and flaps to lift up.
Spring – This is part of a set of board books that are great for introducing young children to the seasons. Beautiful illustrations too.
Millie-Mae Spring -Another great book for introducing young children to the seasons. We have the complete set and F loves them. Millie-Mae enjoys a spring day in this one and it talks about what she wears, the trees starting to grow leaves and gardening. The illustrations are cute and colourful and some pages have shiny or glittery textured parts.
Usborne Peep inside the garden – We have a few from this series and love them all. This one is perfect for spring especially if you plan to get your little ones helping in the garden. It is full of flaps and laser cut holes to hold the attention of young readers. It teaches young children about plants, insects, compost, birds etc.
We’re going on an egg hunt – This is part of F’s Easter present so we haven’t read this together yet. I’m sure she will love it though. It’s a beautiful lift the flap counting egg hunt based on we’re going on a bear hunt.
Guess how much I love you – We love this book (and I’m sure many of you do too). It’s a gorgeous story of little nut brown hare and big nut brown hair trying to express their love for each other and prove they love the other more.
The carrot cake catastrophe! – Jenny is making a cake for her mummy’s birthday but grandpa is helping. The only problem is he is wearing his reading glasses. Everything except the recipe is blurry so wrong ingredients go in and the cake is a catastrophe. Everything turns outt well in the end as there is a lovely surprise ending. There is even a carrot cake recipe for you to try at the end which is a lovely touch. Just make sure you learn from their mistakes and use butter, not soap.
Nature’s tiny miracle Bee – A wonderful rhyming tale of the work of a bee that is beautifully illustrated. This book has lots of cut out areas where another page shows through which young children will find exciting.
Peek-a-boo bunny – Another beautifully illustrated bunny book (spotting a theme here?). This one has a lovely rhyme to it and is great for children who love hide and seek.
That’s not funny bunny – This book is a great story for teaching preschool age children to be themselves and people will love them anyway. F loves the repeating phrase “That’s not funny, bunny!” as bunny tries to impress his friends. The illustrations are lovely and it’s quite unique in the font used too.
Seasons come, seasons go tree – Another beautifully illustrated book that has lots of cut outs to add interest. It’s a magical book for teaching young children about the seasons without them realising they are learning. The story follows a tree through the seasons and we meet all the creatures who call it home.
Nature’s day – This book visits 9 locations (garden, farm, forest etc) over the four seasons. It’s full of gorgeous illustrations and lots of information. I can see this being a book we reach for with the changing seasons for many years to come.
So there you have my suggestions for 20 Children’s books to read this spring. You might spot a few more in the shelf photos too. Have you got a favourite spring time read? I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments.
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