The magnolias are in bloom. The robins have returned. And, the thermometer has inched upwards. Spring is in the air. Time to start exploring beautiful spring books for preschoolers.
Below you will find some of our favorite new titles and older gems. These picture books are perfect for the preschool crowd and can easily appeal to younger and older children too.
SPRING PRESCHOOL BOOKS
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Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre is a stunning photographic up close look at raindrops. Little ones will be inspired to get up close to an object and observe a drop of water.
Wake Up! by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder takes us on a photographic journey of baby animals joining the world. Kids get to see baby cellar spiders, woodchucks, and American robins. Lots of oohs and ahhs as you get up close with these cute little babies.
Shake a Leg, Egg! by Kurt Cyrus is the story of the one last goose egg that is slow to hatch. We get a close-up and birds-eye-view of the highly anticipated scene.
Have you ever wondered why robins travel south for the winter? Did you know that male robins make their way north before the females? These are just a few of the questions explored in the beautiful book, Robins! How They Grow Up by Eileen Christelow. There is a lot of information in the book, but preschoolers will love to study the illustrations as you read. For sensitive listeners, they may be a bit troubled by the food chain references when a squirrel gets one of the eggs and a hawk snatches one of the baby birds.
Tired of all the brown, a boy and his dog plant seeds and wait in And Then Its Spring by Julie Fogliano. Rain plus time eventually brings green in this beautiful book illustrated by Erin Stead.
Learn about spring flowers in Spring Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow. Kids will most likely be inspired to plant their own flowers.
Spring Themed and Spring Activities
How do you know when spring is coming? Get in tuned with your senses for clues. Yael Werber brings us Spring for Sophie.
In My Spring Robinby Anne Rockwell, a little girl is looking for the return of a robin who sang to her last year. She explores her yard in its spring glory trying to find the little creature again.
Beloved author Kevin Henkes brings us When Spring Comes. It also happens to be illustrated by his wife.
Mole really wants Bear to wake up in Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand.
I’ve never met a preschooler who didn’t enjoy playing in spring puddles or squishy mud. Mudby Mary Lyn Ray celebrates the ooey gooey and gloppy mixture that all little ones love to cover every inch of themselves in on a spring day. Also, check out Ray’s Red Rubber Boot Day.
Spring is the perfect time to get out in nature and explore. Here are a few of my favorite outdoor activity books.
A Little Bit of Dirt by Asia Citro is full of art and science activities to do with kids in nature. It’s written by a scientist and mom.
I Love Dirt by Jennifer Ward (who has also written children’s books) is one that I have referenced time and time again for simple ways to engage with nature.
The Garden Classroom by Cathy James is one I own and reference each season. I’m partial to the reading and writing sections.
Another one of my favorites is 15 Minutes Outside by Rebecca Cohen is a great reminder for me to take the kids outside each day.
Grab a few preschool books to read with your kids this season.
For even more spring resources for preschoolers, grab our Spring Literacy Unit. It’s four weeks of literacy learning complete with dramatic play printables, circle time songs, and more.—>Get the Spring Preschool Literacy Unit Here.