New Spring Books Your Kids Will Love
Spring is all about new beginnings, a fresh start for the world. It is a time to celebrate rebirths, both physical and spiritual. These new spring celebrate all that is beautiful about the season, from the reawakening of the natural world to the joy of Easter. They range from board books up to early chapter books. Which will be your family’s new favorite?
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New Spring Books Your Kids Will Love
Enjoy these new spring books for little ones and older kids! Be sure to also check out these spring STEM activities!
Five Easter Friends is an adorable board book with lots of elements for little hands to manipulate. As they count from one to five, they will love moving the sliders to help bunnies hop or lifting the flaps to see who is waiting to greet them at the end.
A Seed Grows is a simple and effective explanation for young children about the life cycle of a sunflower. The spare text is accompanied by bold, colorful illustrations, including one pull-open page. More detailed information about sunflowers is included at the back.
Where’s My Easter Basket? is a little board book about a bird who just wants to know what an Easter basket is. As he meets different friends in the forest – jellybeans, a chocolate bunny, etc. – they all volunteer to help him find an Easter basket, until at the end they all hop into a friendly basket and become an Easter basket themselves! A cute story little ones will enjoy as they dream of their own Easter baskets.
If you loved The Day the Crayons Quit, then you won’t want to miss Happy Easter from the Crayons! The crayons are decorating for Easter, but purple crayon is frustrated because no one is coloring an egg – or are they? All your favorite crayons are back, with little jokes that young readers will remember from previous books (such as the fact both yellow and orange think they are the color of the sun).
Another Easter book from a beloved series is The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Easter Egg Hunt. The loveable (and very hungry!) caterpillar leads readers on a not-so-difficult Easter egg hunt around the farm. Little ones will love opening the flaps to reveal animals and a number of Easter eggs, plus a special Easter treat at the end!
The Little Engine that Could is back with a refreshed look and a new adventure! Children will love seeing the beloved train return in The Little Engine’s Easter Egg Hunt. Can Little Engine and her friends solve the riddles Clown has written for them? If so, there will be a sweet treat waiting for them at the end!
Hope Is a Hop is a delightful new picture book about the patience needed to grow a garden – and a family. Eva is so excited for her little garden and works hard to help it grow. But when a rabbit destroys it, she feels like her world has collapsed. But a trail of crumbs leads her to the reason for the rabbit’s intrusion – a nest of little baby bunnies! As Eva watches the baby bunnies grow, she begins her garden again and celebrates a new addition to her own family. Katrina Moore’s lyrical text is accompanied by luscious artwork by Melissa Iwai. I love that the family in the book is mixed race, and not a combination usually seen in picture books (Asian and Black). A beautiful book with a gentle lesson for children about compassion and having the courage to start again.
No Nibbling is a hilarious book about the classic battle between a hard-working gardener and a hungry little rabbit. Derwood the Goat is meticulous in caring for his garden and ruthlessly vigilant about anything that could jeopardize it, including Tabitha, the adorable little rabbit whose tail he at first mistakes for a dandelion puff.
When my son first saw the cover of No Bunnies Here, he was surprised. “But there are bunnies there!!” Which, of course, is the central joke of this silly spring read. When a fox comes to visit Bunnyville, a nervous but quick-thinking Bunny assures him that there are absolutely, positively no bunnies! He rushes to disguise and explain away all of the inhabitants of the town, until he finds out that this wolf is actually a vegetarian! Will he change his tune and show the lonely wolf that real Bunnyville? A funny book with lots of great visual jokes kids will love.
Spring Parade is a wonderful celebration of spring for very young readers, introducing them to all of the plants and animals emerging from winter into the soft sunshine of spring. The simple text is accompanied by gorgeous paintings of spring in soft strokes, ending in a riot of color at the end, as the creatures all celebrate the new season.
As a homeschooler, A Spring Treasury of Recipes, Crafts, and Wisdom, part of the Little Homesteader series, was one of my favorite library finds. It contains a wealth of information for young children, including activities like planting watercress, baking edible flower cookies, and making blossom bath salts. It even includes activities specifically for Easter, May Day, and Mother’s Day. It is a treasure trove of activities for kids that help them appreciate the seasonal changes and learn how to make use of the bounty of nature.
I Begin with Spring is a gem for budding naturalists, writers, or historians. David Thoreau is a seminal figure in early US history, and this wonderful book, structured like a field notebook, introduces children to the man and the turbulent times in which he lived. Young readers will love the format, which weaves together watercolor illustrations, historical images, and reproductions of Thoreau’s own sketches. The book is tied together by the dual rhythms of Thoreau’s life – from his boyhood to his later career – and the changing seasons, as they are faithfully observed by Thoreau. Thoreau inspires a new generation with his commitment to his ideals and his devotion to the natural world.
Peggy the Pug is back in a new Easter adventure, The Pug Who Wanted to Be a Bunny. Jealous of her friend’s new bunny, Peggy decides that maybe she should start to act like a bunny, too. But when Peggy digs up the garden, too, her family doesn’t think it’s so cute. A heart-to-heart talk with other animals at the veterinary hospital helps Peggy to see the bunny in a new light, and understand that her friend has room in her heart for them both.