10 BELOVED BOOKS FOR SPRING
As a mom, spring has become my favorite season because we're able to soak up the perfect weather before the Texas summer heat sets in. This season also brings some of our favorite seasonal books, full of planting seeds and tending gardens and buzzing bees. Below you'll find 10 of our favorite books for spring. The first five our chapter books recommended for ages 5-12. The last five are picture books reccomended for ages 5 and under. I hope these give your family some great ideas to celebrate the season!
A Beatrix Potter Treasury
by Beatrix Potter
This treasury of Beatrix Potter's classic stories is perfect for little ones. Pick and choose your favorite tales, or read the whole thing through. Nothing says "spring" quite like Peter Rabbit's adventures in the garden!
by E. B. White
If you've never read through an entire chapter book with your kids, Charlotte's Web is the perfect place to start. This is the classic and heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship between a pig and a spider, and you'll want to make sure you have a tissue for the end of the story. (And once you've finished the book, the movie is delightful!)
From Seed to plant
by Gail Gibbons
For nonfiction, there's no one like Gail Gibbons. We've collected many of her informative, simply illustrated books. Her books make scientific concepts like pollination and germination accessible to even the youngest readers with clear diagrams and engaging text.
Little Pilgrims Progress
by Helen L. Taylor
This is a child-friendly version of the classic Pilgrim's Progress, with characters that are animals. It is gorgeously illustrated and contains spiritual metaphors that are truly connecting with my kids. I can't recommend it highly enough! (Just a word of caution: This story contains some intense parts. I would recommend this for ages 5 and up, but using caution for more sensitive children.)
Make way for ducklings
by Robert McCloskey
This book was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1941 and has won the hearts of children ever since. Follow Mrs. Mallard and her eight darling ducklings as they navigate the busy streets of Boston. Once you've read the book, you can watch this video about the Boston sculpture of the ducks.
The dandelion seed
by Joseph Anthony
Follow a dandelion seed on its long journey as it's blown by the wind. The illustrations in this book are exquisite, and the text is sparse but powerful.
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet
by Laurence Anholt
I am a loyal fan of anything Laurence Anholt creates, especially his series on great artists and composers. These are true "living books" - his stories make historical figures come alive!
The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A classic for spring! This is the story of orphaned Mary Lennox who comes to live at her uncle's house on the Yorkshire Moors. It's there that Mary discovers a secret garden, surrounded by walls and locked with a missing key.
The trumpet of the swan
by E. B. White
This was one of the first books I read aloud to my children as we began our homeschool journey, so it will always hold a special place in our hearts. It's the story of Louis, a trumpeter swan who's unable to make a sound... but creatively finds a way to win the heart of the beautiful swan, Serena. You can also listen to the book, narrated by E. B. White himself, which is such a treasure!
Up in The Garden and Down in the dirt
by Kate Messner
This book is part of a 5-book series by Kate Messner that helps readers see the busy world not only above the ground, but underneath.