37 Best Spring Read Aloud Books for Kindergarten and Preschool

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Spring Read Aloud Books for Kindergarten and Preschool. This book list is full of the best spring books with beautiful illustrations and stories to celebrate the arrival of spring. Pair a spring book (or five) adventure outdoors into warmer weather hunting for signs of spring.

Welcome Springtime with a beautiful story from this Spring Books For Kids Booklist!

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37 Best Spring Books for Kids: Spring Read Aloud Books for Kindergarten and Preschool

1. Spring Story by Jill Barlem

This charmingly illustrated picture book depicts the mice of Brambly Hedge relishing the fair weather and blooming flowers, eagerly anticipating sunny day escapades. The narrative follows Mr. Apple as he orchestrates a surprise birthday celebration for a young mouse who worries about being forgotten. If you appreciate Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and similar stories, you will likely adore this delightful series.

2. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

This great book is an old friend in our home. Miss Rumphius’ story challenges us “to make the world more beautiful” with a gentle reminder that this task is the most difficult. She sows seeds of lupines along the country roads, hillsides, schools, and churches. While the flowers are beautiful, her legacy is stunning. I highly recommend reading this book to the young children in your life. This is the perfect choice for spring with a challenge to make the world a more beautiful place.

3. Nesting by Henry Cole

This great book is illustrated beautifully in detailed pencil drawings with a focus on brightly-colored robin eggs. Follow the journey of a mother and father robin as they care for their nest and protect their babies.

4. Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson

One of our favorite picture books for the spring season is Fletcher. When Fletcher encounters snowflakes falling from the sky, he becomes alarmed. To prevent his friends from being caught off guard, Fletcher races through the forest to warn them that winter is making a comeback. However, Fletcher soon discovers that spring is brimming with delightful surprises.

5. Mossy by Jan Brett

While on her morning walk, Dr. Carolina, a biologist, finds Mossy, a unique turtle with a garden growing on her shell. Mossy is collected for an indoor exhibit. Dr. Carolina’s niece, Tory, notices that Mossy becomes sad, and Tory becomes concerned. Your little learners will adore this story with Jan Brett’s colorful illustrations.

6. Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor

In this fun and engaging book, Mel, a curious young Kingfisher tumbles out of his nest. Along the way, Mel encounters several friends who attempt to assist him, but to no avail. Will Mel learn to fly? This picture book is so much fun to share with younger kids and watch their anticipation build up.

7. Bunny’s First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones

As a baby bunny enters the world in spring, everything appears green, new, and brimming with promise. However, as seasons shift, the bunny begins to fear that the world may be dying. This text encourages readers to embrace the changing seasons and marvel at the wonder of nature’s renewal. This precious book is a great way to celebrate the first day of spring. The gorgeous illustrations are sure to drawn young readers and perfect addition to an easter basket.

8. Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Kenard Pak

My little family enjoys many of Pak’s books on the change of seasons with vibrant illustrations. The days grow longer, and the animals begin to appear from their warm dens. Spring is on its way.

9. Bear Finds Eggs by Karma Wilson

The beloved Bear and his woodland friends take a stroll through the forest near Strawberry Vale and find eggs along the way, leaving gifts for the soon-to-hatch baby birds. But then they are sent on a quest by a worried Mama Meadowlark to help find her missing eggs. Everyone lends a hand.

10. Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Schertle

We adore the Little Blue Truck series. In this delightful springtime story, Toad joins Little Blue Truck on a drive where they encounter charming baby animals on the farm. The board book has lift-the-flap features to meet the newborn farm animals.

11. A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston

This informative book on plants is filled with colorful and beautiful illustrations. A beautiful nature book filled with facts about seeds and plants. A Seed is Sleepy does reference millions of years. Dianna Hutts Aston writes many nonfiction books for children that are all beautifully illustrated and focus on nature.

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12. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Seeds are carried by a strong wind across various terrains. In the spring, the tiny seed remains and grows into a gigantic flower. In autumn, the process starts over and sends the seeds flying high in the air across the land. The perfect informational book for an Eric Carle fan.

13. How to Find a Bird by Jennifer Ward

This book is an introduction to bird watching and fun facts about different birds. This book beautifully illustrates where to look for birds, how to observe birds, and how to listen for birds. The pages are filled with various types of birds and provide a great read for kids of all ages.

14. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

In this heartwarming story, Mrs. Mallard brings her eight little ducklings safely home to the pond in the Boston Public Gardens with the help of the Boston Police. Robert McCloskey has many wonderful books, but this one is my favorite.

15. The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The famously rebellious little brown rabbit has to be included on the Favorite Spring Read Aloud Books for Kindergarten and Preschool Booklist. What garden booklist is complete without it? The story begins with Peter rebelling against his mama’s wish to avoid Mr. McGregor’s garden, but he disobeys. In this sweet children’s treasury, the little rabbit finds himself in trouble. This is a perfect book for a baby shower gift.

16. Watersong by Tim McCanna

In this springtime story, the narrative unfolds with the sounds of water as a storm intensifies. Amidst the gathering storm, a red fox seeks shelter, navigating through the rainstorm. The narrative is charmingly portrayed using playful onomatopoeia with lovely illustrations.

17. A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Aston

This educational picture book showcases stunning illustrations of butterflies, ranging from iridescent blue swallowtails to vibrant orange monarchs. It offers a delightful visual journey while introducing readers to the fascinating world of butterflies. CONTENT WARNING: Reference to millions of years.

18. Out of School and Into Nature by Suzanne Slade

This picture book biography explores the life of naturalist and artist Anna Comstock (1854-1930), who defied social norms to pursue her love for science. Anna’s fascination with nature started in childhood and continued through college. She became a nature expert and advocated for schools to teach outdoor science classes to inspire children’s interest in nature.

19. The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall

This is a delightful picture book about honey bees with beautiful and vibrant illustrations written in a sing-song verse that captures the enchanting dance of the honeybees.

20. An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston

This beautifully illustrated book on nature showcases a variety of eggs, ranging from large ostrich eggs to slimy frog eggs. With over 60 types of eggs, young readers are introduced to a diverse array of nature’s wonders. CONTENT WARNING: Reference to millions of years.

21. A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Aston

I’m sure you’ve picked up on my love for these nature-themed illustrated books. This educational read showcases an array of nests, from hummingbirds to orangutans. The writing is both poetic and informative, complemented by stunning illustrations.

22. Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

This simple book includes the names of many flowers. A mom and her child plant a rainbow of various plants, from buying seeds in a catalog to seedlings at the nursery. They enjoy their colorful garden each year. This book is perfect for toddlers learning colors and older kids learning the names of flowers.

23. Bird Watch by Christie Matheson 

This charming book serves as a nature-themed counting book, where young readers count backward to find hidden birds within the beautifully illustrated images. Each page offers something fresh for young learners to explore, inspiring them to embark on treasure hunts during their next outdoor adventures.

24. Singing in the Rain by Tim Hopgood

This book is perfect for the overcast skies and threat of rain that lingers in the month of April. The beloved song “Singing’ in the Rain” with brightly colored illustrations. May this song and picture book bring you to sing “what a glorious feeling.” Save this one for a rainy day.

25. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

This classic picture book is a must for a child’s home library. I cannot say enough great things about this beautiful book. The very hungry caterpillar has its fill of many different foods throughout the week. With a tummy ache, he munches on a green leaf before being a part of one of the most miraculous marvels of nature. This one is a great book to pack away in your picnic basket this springtime.

26. Bunny’s Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown

The charming book follows a cute bunny as he hears the signs of spring and ventures out of his burrow. He spends the day nibbling on grass and, as night falls, he hears Mama Bunny’s warning thumps and rushes home just before the fox barks.

27. Snowman – Cold = Puddle by Laura Purdie Salas

This fun spring math book takes a spin on “poetry + math + science”. The clever equations and poetic text encourage the reader to look at nature and the signs of spring with a new perspective.

28. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner

We love the Over and Under series by Kate Messner. This particular book in the series follows a young girl and her grandmother through a year of planting. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt book has a simple and easy-to-follow storyline while teaching children about the garden ecosystem. A good choice for younger kids and perfect opportunity for learning about plants.

29. My Garden by Kevin Henkes

I adore the little girl’s imagination in “My Garden.” In this cute story, a little girl loves helping her mom work in the garden, but if she had a garden, her garden would be just a little bit different, with chocolate bunnies and blooming seashells.

30. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog by Lucille Colandro

Oddly, my girls love this book, and it’s always a guaranteed belly laugh. This silly lady must have been in a fog to swallow a frog. But, oh my! The things she gulps down create a colorful garden to welcome spring.

31. In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb by Marion Dane Bauer

This spring read-aloud, the transition from the fierce early signs of spring, symbolized by roaring late-winter storms and messy, muddy conditions “in like a lion,” shifts to the tranquil and peaceful nature of spring “out like a lamb,” marked by blooming flowers, the arrival of baby animals, and brighter sunshine. The text is vibrant, and the illustrations effectively bring to life the spring weather through the depiction of the roaring lion and the gentle lamb.

32. Crinkle, Crackle, Crack. It’s Spring! by Marion Dane Bauer

This sweet book is about a little boy who adventures into the forest with other woodland animals to explore the peculiar sounds and witness the onset of spring.

33. Busy Spring: Nature Wakes Up by Sean Taylor

In this sweet spring story, a father and his children start gardening by planting carrot seeds. The father teaches them how spring is a time of nature waking up. This book is brimming with interesting facts about nature.

34. Spring Sings for The Grouchy Lady Bug

In this sweet board book, the signs of spring make even the beloved and grouchy ladybug grin.

35. The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss

After a long winter’s rest, the woodland animals stir and follow their nose to find a beautiful flower blooming in the snow. Young readers will love the simplicity of this sweet story.

36. Raindrops to Rainbow by John Micklos Jr.

This is a precious picture book with lively illustrations about a little girl on a gloomy, rainy day. She dreams of clear blue skies and a bright yellow sun, but outside is gray with streaks of white lighting. Although it’s gloomy weather, her mom and Brown Bear are near to cheer her up. As clouds start clearing, she sees a…“Beaming rainbow, bold and bright, brilliant colors, what a sight!”

“I don’t mind rain because I know without raindrops, there’s no rainbow.”

37. And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

This picture book is about a boy and his dog waiting for spring. The text is simple and poetic, and the detailed illustrations shift from brown to blues as spring progresses. My favorite line from the book: “Please do not stomp here. There are seeds. And they are trying.”

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  1. Thank you for making such fun and colorful book lists! I also appreciate your content warnings. This is so helpful as I decide which books to review and add to our children’s bookstore!

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