Spring books for kids
With fluffy chicks, furry bunnies, tiny tadpoles, and lots of pretty flowers popping up everywhere, spring is an exciting time for Nature Detectives! We’ve put together a list of our favourite spring-themed books to help you learn more about how nature comes to life at this time of year. If we get some warm spring weather, you can even read them outside.
Are you there Little Bunny?
By Sam Taplin and Emily Dove (Little Peep-Through Books)
Babies and toddlers will love peeking through the holes to see if they can spot the bunny, and stroking the textured pages of this cute board book. Best for ages 0-2.
By Gerda Muller (Floris Books)
This chunky board book is full of exquisite pictures of a little girl doing lots of spring activities, such as playing with lambs, painting Easter eggs and watching baby birds. There’s no text so you can make up your own story. Best for ages 0-5.
Illustrated by Ailie Busby (Child’s Play)
The cute pictures will inspire kids to get involved in outdoor activities, such as planting seeds and looking for ducklings on the pond. And the simple text is suitable for beginner readers. Best for ages 2-6.
Rabbit’s Spring Adventure
By Anita Loughrey, illustrated by Daniel Howarth (QED Publishing)
Rabbit is so excited it’s spring that he gets lost. He meets lots of other creatures going about their springtime business as he tries to find his way home. Best for ages 3-6.
The Gruffalo Spring Nature Trail
By Julia Donaldson (Macmillan)
Gruffalo fans will love this book. It’s jam-packed with outdoor activities and spotter guides as well as hundreds of stickers – just the thing to get younger kids engaging with nature. Best for ages 3-7.
By Jill Esbaum (National Geographic Kids)
Nature Detectives of all ages will be oohing and aahing over this book’s stunning photos of the cute baby animals that come out to play in spring. The beautifully written text is great for extending older kids’ vocabulary too.
Spring: Thinking about the seasons
By Clare Collinson (Franklin Watts)
This book is full of beautiful photos and illustrations, poems, and question panels to help kids engage with the text. It’s best for age 6+, or for younger children to read with their grown-up.
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Start your own adventure!
If you're inspired by the characters and settings in your books, head outside for your own adventure. We've got lots of ideas to help families discover nature together, from blossom hunting to mud pies. Check out our spring activities.