Here are over 20 children’s book about spring for you to enjoy with your children. Some of these have been in our collection for several years and others are new to us this year. There are recommendations of fantastic spring reads for babies right through to preschoolers and perhaps slightly older. If you love using books to teach young kids about seasons, then you’ll love these books about seasons for preschoolers. Some of these books are specific Easter children’s books and others are just general spring books for kids.
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Top left – Beatrix and her bunnies. Top right- The great big egg hunt.
Bottom left – Busy spring. Bottom right – Look what I found in the woods
This is a lovely story about a little bear waking form his long winter sleep and setting off to make some new friends. All the animals he meets are busy getting ready for something called spring. The ending is lovely too. We love the rhyming story and the cute illustrations.
We were recently sent this beautiful book to review. It's a sweet story about two girls and their dad who go out to start gardening in spring. They learn about the wildlife and plants in their garden waking up for spring. The illustrations are gorgeous too.
There is a section at the back that is more fact based so children can learn more about spring including how it affects plants and animals.
This is another gorgeous National Trust children's book that is perfect for spring. This book is based on the life of Beatrix Potter. Beatrix is a little girl, lonely in a big house in London until she meets Benjamin bunny. She spends her days playing with him and painting pictures of him. Until one day Benjamin dies. She continues to paint pictures of rabbits until one day she meets Peter rabbit and she is inspired to paint pictures and write stories about Peter and Benjamin. A heartwarming story for all Peter rabbit fans, young and old.
My girls love this Easter book all year round. Based on the classic "We're going on a bear hunt", this book is a group of bunnies going on an Easter egg hunt but as you'd expect they come across various obstacles. My kids love the rhymes and of course they are used to the classic, repeating phrases like "we can't go over them" etc. We love the lift the flap features where you can hunt for 10 numbered eggs.
This book is based on the rhyme "sleeping bunnies". It's another beautiful, interactive book, filled with lift the flaps. Your child will love hopping with the bunnies and cheeping with the chicks. Such an adorable book for spring (or all year round).
Mr Impossible is setting up an Easter egg hunt but as you can imagine it's going to be difficult. He's hiding eggs high and low and the grand prize is an invisible egg. A fantastic Mr men book to read this Easter.
This is a gorgeous board book, perfect for young readers this Easter. The illustrations are beautiful and it is filled with lift the flaps which young children adore. Rabbit is having an Easter egg hunt and readers need to help find the eggs by lifting all the flaps. On each page, a new animal is hiding behind one of the flaps too and they join in with the egg hunt.
This is another gorgeous and funny book from the Percy the park keeper series. Percy is playing hide and seek with fox and the other park animals. Fox decides to hide in Percy's workshop but gets into a sticky situation with a pot of strong glue. Can Percy help him? You'll love the surprise fold-out page too.
We love The odd egg! It's a small board book, perfect for little ones. All the birds are laying eggs, all except for duck. So duck finds a rather large egg that she decides to take care of. Duck things the egg is beautiful but all the other birds think it is a rather odd egg. Duck's egg is the last to hatch and everyone has quite the surprise when it does hatch! We love the split pages and the surprise that hatches from duck's egg.
This is a lovely bunny book that is perfect for spring. The illustrations are beautiful and we love the counting element as bunny plays hide and seek. The story is written in a rhythmic way that is a pleasure to read and for children to listen to.
It's a little harder to find season specific books for chapter book readers but this one is perfect as a first chapter book this spring. Early readers will love the mix of text and illustrations (all in shades of grey and green) in this book which is a collection of 3 short, funny stories set in Wigglebottom primary.
The first one "Dino chick" is about year 2 incubating eggs and the surprise and hilarities that happen when a dinosaur hatches from one of the eggs.
Ok so this one isn't specific to spring but I don't know about you but I'm hoping we'll have some mountain (or large hill) adventures soon. We love this series from National Trust and Nosy Crow and have several of the other books.
This one is about mountains and is full of information on the wildlife you may see their, how to hike them, summer and winter mountain activities and even useful information about staying safe in the mountains and the troubles you may encounter. These books are educational, inspirational and fun for kids. I can't recommend the series enough. They're hardbacked, not too big or heavy and full of colourful illustrations. Perfect for slotting into your hiking backpack.
Another new one from National Trust and Nosy crow that again is not specific for spring but is perfect all year round for little woodland explorers. This gorgeous picture book is full of facts about woodlands and the trees and wildlife that inhabit them. Lots of pages also include a short checklist of things to find on that page which helps to get your child really studying the beautiful illustrations.
My girls loved the Millie Mae series when they were toddlers. This gorgeous board book is about a simple spring day for one little girl. The illustrations are adorable and my daughter's loved the simple story when they were little.
This is bright and colourful pop up board book. There are double page spreads on lots of different bugs and minibeasts. This is one of my favourite books about insects for kids. Each page is filled with facts about each insect, surrounded by cute and colourful illustrations and the pop up main image in the middle too.
Another firm favourite in our house during the toddler years. This gorgeous board book covers lots of the classic childhood activities that kids can enjoy in Spring like planting seeds, looking at baby animals and hearing the birds sing. This series of books are a great introduction to the seasons for toddlers and preschool children.
This beautiful book is part of another series of seasonal picture books for kids. In this one, Fletcher is enjoying the sunny, warm spring. The story is written in a lovely rhythmic style. The illustrations are stunning too.
This is a great book for sharing with young children to show how winter turns into spring. The illustration are beautiful and are the star of this book. The story is simple, about a boy and his dog exploring nature as it wakes up from winter. There isn't a lot of words on each page but it is a great book for talking about the changing series and how they affect the natural world around us.
Here is another beautiful spring read. The illustrations are beautiful and I love how they are only grey, green and yellow. We also love the shimmer on some pages and the cut out details. The story about a toy bunny who is brought to life by the spring blossom and the adventure she and Ollie have together.
The illustrations are so pretty in this book. 2 sisters are fishing in the pond when they find a bog baby. They decide to take it home and take care of it, play with it and keep it a secret too. But the bog baby is a wild thing, and when he becomes poorly, the girls decide they must tell their mum. And she tells them the greatest lesson: if you really love something, you have to let it go.
This a gorgeous, sweet classic springtime read. Do you remember reading this series of books as a child? I certainly do and it's lovely to share these tales from wildlife with my girls now. The illustrations are beautiful and rich with detail.
This is a gorgeous board book for little ones. It’s even printed on 100% recycled board. In this cute book toddlers can learn all about animals that come from eggs. They’re sure to love the peep through pages and cute illustrations.
This book is another beautiful picture book to inspire little ones to get out in the garden growing as a family. It is a slightly longer picture book though so not the best for toddlers. As well as inspiring children to get gardening, it is also great for teaching them about patience, hard work and learning from our mistakes.
This is the latest rhyming Easter book from Martha Mumford. This one is based on "five little speckled frogs" and again the bunnies are on an Easter egg hunt. The illustrations and rhyming text are as beautiful as ever and of course the lift the flaps with Easter eggs to find is always a winner.
I love bright, colourful illustrations in this story about the smallest tadpole "Tad" and her journey to become a frog. Although there is someone else living in the pond "Big Blub" and many of the other tadpoles are disappearing. My girls love this now but did find it a little scary when they were younger.
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 springtime children’s book to read? I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments.
More spring resources
For activity ideas, you need my post on spring activities for kids, full of ideas for learning through play and getting outdoors this spring.