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BOOK LIST: SPRING
Spring is one of the most exciting times for teaching preschoolers. Not only are they comfortable with the routines & expectations of class, but they are also blossoming in their learning. All of those months of exposure and repeated practice really come together, and the amount of progress made is so much fun to watch!
If you’re celebrating spring with your little ones, whether that’s at home or in your classroom, this post is for you!
I’m sharing our favorite spring books for preschool that include both nonfiction and fiction options. Plus there’s a link to download a spring freebie & some healthy spring snack ideas, too!
NONFICTION SPRING BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOL
Flowers: Gail Gibbons is my favorite author for nonfiction books for kids, and this is one of her best! This book has great information about flowers along with the most beautiful illustrations. There are a few sentences on each page, but the illustrations are also packed with text and extra information for further learning. Great choice for your spring or flower theme!
Hello Spring!: This nonfiction option has only a sentence or two on each page along with bright, colorful photographs. The book talks about how life changes as winter ends and spring begins. It highlights how things are different for animals, flowers, and people, too!
The Reason for a Flower: This is another great option for your spring or flower theme. This book talks all about flowers, pollen, and seeds. The illustrations make the information easy to understand, and this information is sure to spark your preschoolers’ curiosity.
Spring: This nonfiction option is filled with colorful photographs and good information about spring. There are more words and sentences on each page, making it better for older preschool and pre-k students.
Look! Flowers! This nonfiction option is perfect for your younger students! It’s a rhyming book with beautiful illustrations that seems more like a fiction story, even though it’s nonfiction. Each page talks about a different type of flower, including sunflowers, tulips, and calla lilies. At the end, there’s a fold-out page that lists even more flowers along with their pictures.
SPRING BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOL
Sorting Through Spring: Did you know you can add in math practice while picking spring books for preschool? Yep! I love this story because it’s interactive and encourages those important foundational math skills. Each page has a few rhyming sentences on it, and then students are asked to answer simple math problems. They are asked think about each picture and look for patterns, identify shapes, or use inferences to answer questions. This book is great to build math skills while also promoting literacy.
Song of the Flowers: This lyrical story has a repetitive structure that repeats over and over, making it predictable for preschoolers. On each page, a different flower asks a different animal or object, “Will you sing a lullaby to lull me oh-so soft to sleep tonight?” And the animal or object responds, “Why yes, dear, I’ll sing you a soft lullaby” and then continues on. The artwork in this book is very unique! It’s actually a collage made from watercolors and cut paper. The author/illustrator was born in Japan and now lives in the United States, and she and has received numerous awards for her artwork!
My Spring Robin: This is a sweet story about a girl who loves listening to a robin singing to her every day over the summer. But once fall comes, the robin flies away. When spring comes again, she waits patiently for her robin, who finally comes back in the end.
Crinkle, Crackle, CRACK, It’s Spring: This is a cute story about a child who awakens to the sound of a bear in the middle of the night. The child and the bear walk through the forest while the bear repeats over and over, “It is time. It is time.” In the end, he’s right…it’s time for spring!
Kitten’s Spring: This story made our list because of the very unique illustrations! Each illustration is made from self-hardening clay, acrylic paint, and mixed-media collage. There are two lines of text on each page, and the pages rhyme. Very cute addition to your spring collection!
Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement: This story tells all about Rachel Carson, the famous environmentalist whose work led to the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States. It’s told in a kid-friendly way with colorful illustrations and a great message about taking care of our environment.
The Thing About Spring: In this story, Rabbit is feeling a little upset that winter is over and spring has come. He loves winter and all the fun it brings. Luckily, his friends Bird, Mouse, and Bear remind him of all the fun they will have in spring, and eventually, he’s excited for the new season.
And Then It’s Spring: This story is about a little boy and his dog, who are tired of the brown all around them. So they plant a garden and wait…and wait…and wait for something to happen. Finally, they walk outside, and all they see is green!
Flowers Are Calling: This rhyming book talks about the different animals that do and don’t respond when a flower calls. For example, the text says, “Flowers are calling a little moose. No, not a moose! What would be the use? They’re calling a beetle to eat their pollen loose.” This is a great book to talk about the differences between animals that flowers do and don’t need to grow. There are also pages throughout the book that highlight different flowers with nonfiction facts about them.
Abracadabra, It’s Spring: This is a fun book because it reminds us that nature is magical! On each page, there is a picture and then a fold-out page that reveals the change spring brings. For example, the text says, “A silent sky, then birds come winging. Mumbo jumbo! Noisy singing!”
It’s Spring: This simple story is about animals who pass on the message to each other that it’s finally spring. I like this story because it has questions every few pages for the reader to ask their little one. This makes the story interactive and more engaging. The text rhymes and the pictures are colorful and fun, making this a great read aloud choice for preschoolers. (There are also more activity ideas in the very back, too!)
SPRING BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOL
Spring Hare: This is a wordless picture book that’s great to add to your list of spring books for preschool! I love including wordless books because they foster creativity and imagination for our preschoolers. In this story, a spring hare and a little girl are jumping on a trampoline, when they jump higher and higher and higher…until eventually, they end up in outer space!
Good-Bye Winter, Hello Spring: This rhyming story tells all about three little squirrels who are fascinated with the changes from winter to spring. As the snow melts, they wonder, where does it all go? They follow the water on an adventure that shows them that the seasons might change, but they’ll always come back again next year.
Mouse’s First Spring: This book is part of the “Mouse’s First” series, which is perfect for preschoolers. Mouse learns all about the animals in spring, like worms, frogs, and butterflies. The text is simple and repetitive, and the illustrations are colorful and fun. Great choice for a read aloud!
When Spring Comes: Kevin Henkes is an amazing author who has so many classic books for preschoolers. (I created activities to go along with his book Chrysanthemum that you can read about here!) In this story, little ones will learn all about the importance of being patient for spring to come. There are so many things to wait for when spring comes, like green grass, pretty flowers, and baby birds. The illustrations are colorful and fun, and the text is engaging for kids.
Finding Spring: This is another collage-print picture book that’s so unique for kids! In this story, a little bear wants to find spring. So instead of sleeping all winter, he goes out and looks for it. He thinks he finds spring when he finds snow, but in the end, he realizes that spring couldn’t be rushed.
Mickey Mouse: Let’s Look for Colors: My own preschool son loves this book! Mickey and his friends are going on a picnic, and they’re going to bring items with them that are each color of the rainbow. As you turn the pages, the next page is nestled into the book, creating a unique experience for little readers!
Little Blue Truck’s Springtime: We love all of the Little Blue Trucks in our house, and this one is no exception! In this version, Little Blue and Toad and driving through the countryside and meeting all of the new animals that have been born in spring, including the piglets, ducklings, and baby calf. This is a lift-the-flap book that helps little ones learn the names of baby animals.
Buzz, Buzz, Baby! We love how interactive Karen Katz’s books are…they are perfect for toddlers and young preschoolers. In this version, Baby is looking for bugs. Each time your little one lifts the flap, they’ll discover a new type of bug, including caterpillars, spiders, and ladybugs.
Curious George: Curious About Spring: Preschoolers love Curious George, and this book is perfect for spring! There are seven different sections, and each section is about something having to do with spring: April Showers, Spring Cleaning, Opening Day for Baseball, Building a Nest, Sidewalk Art, Planting/Growing Flowers, & Baby Animals. Each section has rhyming text that makes it fun and enjoyable to read aloud.
Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring: This book starts with a boy and his dog in the cold, dark winter. The illustrations are beautiful and make you feel as if you’re in a winter storm with the characters. But then winter thaws and spring comes! The sun wakes up, the flowers bloom, and the little boy & his dog are happy to be playing outside again.
Curious George Discovers the Rainbow: This book is the perfect mix of fiction and nonfiction. It includes a fiction story about Curious George and his friends learning about rainbows, but it also includes many nonfiction facts and a few real photographs. It is fairly long, so you could break it up into two read alouds, or you could read it over the course of a few days. There are also a few activity ideas at the end!
Spring Babies: This sweet board book has simple text on each page, and the pages rhyme with each other. The illustrations show things that kids like to do in spring, such as wiggle, scamper, and giggle! This is part of the “Babies in the Park” series.
Spring Primavera: This bilingual book is awesome for introducing spring words in Spanish to preschoolers. Each page has simple sentences about what kids like to do in spring, and those sentences are written in both English and Spanish. The illustrations are also colorful and fun!
Ten Little Ladybugs: I love this book since it includes all of my favorite things…rhyming words, counting, and interactive pages. Your little ones will love counting down as one ladybug flies away on each page. They’ll also love that the ladybugs are 3D, which create a fun sensory experience!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: What spring booklist is complete without this book?! It’s a classic for a reason! In the story, a caterpillar hatches from an egg and goes searching for lots and lots (and lots!!) of food. By the end, he’s ready to make a chrysalis and emerge as a butterfly! (The words in this story say the caterpillar makes a “cocoon,” but I always say “chrysalis” when I’m reading in order to teach my preschoolers the correct terminology).
Little Cloud: This book has the most beautiful illustrations in Eric Carle’s classic style. It follows a little cloud on his journey across the sky. He loves to stand out from the crowd and change shapes, but he also likes to get together with his friends & make it rain!
The Cloud Book: This book teaches little ones all about the different types of clouds, which is the perfect book for your spring or weather theme. They’ll learn basic vocabulary like cirrus, cumulus, and stratus, and they’ll also learn more advanced vocabulary like cirrostratus, cumulonimbus, and altocumulus.
Curious George Discovers Plants: Just like the previous Curious George book on the list, this book is a good mix of fiction and nonfiction. In this story, Curious George learns where vegetables come from and how to grow them. There are also nonfiction facts throughout the book as well as activity ideas at the end.
What Makes a Rainbow: This is the perfect book to teach little ones about the colors of a rainbow! When Little Rabbit wants to know what makes a rainbow, his mother sends him to ask his friends. Each friend tells him a color, which adds that color ribbon to the page. By the end, Little Rabbit knows all the colors, and your little one will love the pop-up rainbow on the last page!
A Little Book About Spring: This book is part of the “Leo Lionni’s Friends” series, and it’s written as a letter to spring. “Hello spring, I’m so glad to see you!” I love this book because of the amazing illustrations and advanced vocabulary (like “bunnies rustling in the bushes” and “my feet squelch in the mud.”) Definitely a fun one for this time of year!
My Garden: Here’s another fun spring book by Kevin Henkes. A little girl is helping her mother in the garden, but then she uses her imagination to create a garden all her own. This garden wouldn’t ever have weeds, it would have chocolate rabbits (instead of real one), and seashells & jellybeans would grow after they were planted! This is a fun book to inspire kids to use their imaginations to create their very own gardens in spring.
It’s Spring, Dear Dragon: This is part of a beginning-to-read series that’s helpful for parents and caregivers. At the end of the story, it gives activity ideas for reading reinforcement that include phonics, phonemic awareness, ABC order, comprehension, and fluency. The story itself follows a little boy and his pet dragon as they enjoy a spring day.
Want to pair one of your preschool spring books with a spring-themed snack? Check out these options! This post includes 7 healthy & fresh spring snacks. You can see them all in this post!
SPRING RHYMING FREEBIE
Want to extend your preschoolers’ learning? Pair any of these books with this FREE Rhyming Flowers Word Families activity to practice CVC words. Your little one can add the flower petals to the correct stem & create rhyming words. Click here to read more about it and to download this free activity.
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