Spring is in the air!

“An optimist is the human personification of spring.”
Susan J. Bissonette

Here are my top picks for giving your kids spring book fever!


and then it’s spring.  Julie Fogliano.  Roaring Brook Press, 2012.
A hopeful boy plants seeds while everything is still brown.  When nothing changes for weeks, he is afraid he has done something wrong.  Finally everything turns green.
Simple text and charming artwork.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

 

 


That’s Not a Daffodil.  Elizabeth Honey.  Allen & Unwin, 2011.
Tom’s neighbor gives him a daffodil, but Tom thinks it looks more like an onion.
His neighbor teaches him how to plant it and nurture it.  Eventually it blooms and really looks like a daffodil.  Charmingly told and illustrated.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

 


Spring is Here. Will Hillenbrand.  Holiday House, 2011.
Mole wakes up and is excited about the arrival of spring.  He goes to bear’s house and tries to wake him up several times.  He then decides to make him breakfast and that does the trick.  Darling illustrations.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb. Marion Dane Bauer.  Holiday House, 2011.
A literal (in the illustrations) and metaphorical interpretation of the age old simile describing the change of seasons.  A good picture book addition to Springtime collections.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade



City Dog, Country Frog.  Mo Willems.  Hyperion, 2010.
It is spring when City Dog meets Country Frog.  Through the seasons they form a special friendship.  In the fall, Country Frog becomes tired and doesn’t want to play.
City Dog returns in the winter, saddened when he can’t find Frog.  He comes back in the spring, still no Frog, but he does meet Country Chipmunk.  Watercolors make this poignant picture book even more special.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade

Cold Little Duck Duck Duck.  Lisa Westberg Peters.  Greenwillow, 2000.
A little duck arrives at her pond in the early spring to find it frozen.  She closes her eyes and thinks very hard about spring.  Repetitive, rhythmic text makes this a fun read-aloud.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

 


The Easter Egg.  Jan Brett.  Putnam’s, 2010.
Hoppi the bunny is determined to win the egg decorating contest so the Easter Bunny will choose him to help deliver the Easter eggs.  Instead, he ends up patiently guarding an egg that fell from a robin’s nest.  His good deed is rewarded.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

 


Everything Spring.  Jill Esbaum.  National Geographic Kids, 2010.
Fabulous photos of baby animals and budding plants show the changes that come with Spring.  Descriptive text will have some new vocabulary words for most kids.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

Explore Spring! :  25 Great Ways to Learn About Spring. Maxine Anderson.  Nomad Press, 2007.
Hands on projects help students understand various natural spring events including weather, plants, building a bird nest.  Many possibilities for science projects that make learning fun.
1st-4th grade

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms.  Julia Rawlinson.  Greenwillow, 2009.
Fletcher the fox finds the ground covered in white and rushes to tell the other animals
that snow is falling and to stay in hibernation.  He is embarrassed to discover that the “snow” is actually tree blossoms.  The animals gather to joyfully celebrate spring!
Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Handsprings : Poems and Paintings.  Douglas Florian.  Greenwillow, 2006.
Twenty- nine rhyming poems celebrating the joy of spring; flowers, baseball, skateboarding, rain, mud.  Puns and wordplay make this worthy of a broad range of ages.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-5th grade

In the Small Small Pond.  Denise Fleming.  Henry Holt, 1998.
Frog describes the activities of various animals living in and near a small pond from spring through fall.  Fleming’s signature handmade paper collages  make this a visual feast.  See her website for simple paper making instructions.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Let’s Look at Spring.  Sarah L. Schuette.  Capstone Press, 2007.
Simple sentences and great photographs bring the season to life focusing on changes in weather and animal and plant behavior.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Manana Iguana. Ann Whitford Paul.  Holiday House, 2004.
Iguana and her friends are excited about having a Spring Party, but no one is willing to help her do the work.  Rhyme and repetition make this a very fun read-aloud.  Includes a glossary of the Spanish words used.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit : A Book of Changing Seasons.  Il Sung Na.  Knopf, 2010.
This colorfully illustrated story describes what rabbit and other animals do when winter comes.  “But when the snow has melted and the trees are in bloom…everyone knows it’s spring!”  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

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Splish, Splash, Spring.  Jan Carr.  Holiday House, 2001.
Three children and a dog go outside to enjoy the spring rain.  Out comes the sun, they take off their raincoats and explore baby birds, daffodils, spiders and bees.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

 


Split! Splat!  Amy Gibson.  Scholastic Press, 2012.
A little girl and her dog exuberantly enjoy playing in the spring rain and mud.  Her rain song rhymesand includes invented words such as “ mucka mucka chuka wucka…. sploosh!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

Spring : An Alphabet Acrostic. Steven Schnur.  Clarion Books, 1999.
Each page has one illustrated acrostic related to spring’s animals, smells, activities, etc.
Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-5th grade

Spring Things.  Bob Raczka.  Albert Whitman, 2007.
Vibrant and cheerful acrylic paintings show the many ways children enjoy spring.
Great for using “ing” words like, melting, humming, lemonading, hopping, mowing, blading.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

The Story of the Easter Bunny.  Katherine Tegen.  HarperCollins, 2005.
A young rabbit watches a round old couple make baskets, decorate eggs, and make chocolate for the children at Easter.  Eventually he becomes the Easter Bunny.  Sweet and cozy.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

The Twelve Days of Springtime : A School Counting Book.  Deborah Lee Rose.  Abrams, 2009.
A delightful version of the Christmas tune.  It includes a garden, turtle ponds, seedlings, ladybugs, gold stars, signs for reading, notes for singing, wings for wearing, etc.  The artwork has so much to poor over, enjoy and laugh at.  The teacher’s expressions are priceless.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade
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One Reply to Spring is in the air!

  1. I love your suggestions, Kathy. I am assisting my daughter in law in a preschool. I also operate a free playgroup and introduce ideas for reading with children to the moms. They are very receptive, and several have told me how hard it is for them to find good read aloud books. Amazing, I know, but it is a skill many people do not possess.

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