Learning about the different seasons remains an important part of most preschool curriculums. Books about spring not only help instructors to teach what makes this season special and unique, but they can also be highly entertaining for young listeners who will enjoy the illustrations and the stories’ words and characters. In this week’s blog we are sharing a delightful list of fun spring books perfect for preschoolers.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
A timeless children’s tale, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is considered one of the most beloved picture books of all time.A tiny and very hungry green and yellow caterpillar with a little red face pops out of his egg and starts looking for food. In pages of graduated size, with die-cut holes in each food, he eats his way through the week. With the success of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, Carle has gone onto publish a number of other wonderful children’s books.
What Will Hatch? by Jennifer Ward
Featuring illustrations by Susie Ghahremani, What Will Hatch by Jennifer Ward is a lovely picture book that celebrates the beginning of new life, a hallmark of the season. Each two-page spread celebrates an animal that hatches or is born in the spring. The author lists a few clues, giving the kids the opportunity to guess what animal is about to be born. Some of the featured animals include robins, sea turtles, and butterflies.
A Perfect Day for Digging by Cari Best
A Perfect Day for Digging by Cari Best and illustrated by Cari Davenier is sure to appeal to kids who don’t mind getting dirty! In this lovely tale, Nell and her dog don’t mind getting dirty while planting in their spring garden. This picture book acquaints youngsters with the simple joys of planting pansies and digging in the dirt as the ground begins to thaw.
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
Caldecott medalist Kevin Henkes creates a memorable view of spring in When Spring Comes. The picture book uses alliteration to introduce young readers to the marvels of spring. Laura Dronzek’s illustrations are bright and bold, enhancing the simple text with images of seeds, bunnies, kittens, and birds.
Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
Eve Bunting’s Flower Garden, which is illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt, celebrates springtime flowers like tulips and daffodils with bright colors and simple words. In this joyful picture book, a father and daughter team up to surprise mom with a special window box filled with spring blooms.
Spring Is Here: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand
Featuring words and illustrations by Will Hillenbrand, Spring Is Here tells a story of spring in the context of a charming bear and mole. Children are sure to feel mole’s frustration as he tries to wake up his sleepy friend bear. This is of course so that Mole and Bear can celebrate the arrival of spring. Only when he turns to a special spring treat will he finally awaken the slumbering bear.
Spring by Gerda Muller
A wordless book, Spring by Gerda Muller inspires children to voice their own thoughts about what’s happening in each beautifully illustrated picture. With illustrations of newly hatched birds, the images paint a full picture of the spring season.
Worm Weather by Jean Taft
With illustrations by Matt Hunt, Jean Taft’s Worm Weather is a delightful puddle-strewn romp through springtime rain. Worm Weather provides a fun take on enjoying rainey weather and what it brings to springtime. The story provides a simple introduction to springtime weather that’s sure to appeal to young children.