Nature is persistent. Every spring, no matter what’s happening in the world, the buds bloom and the birds chirp. While we may be stuck indoors, small journeys into nature can be a lifeline—even if it’s through the pages of a book.
Below we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite books about spring and the promise of growth and renewal it brings to the world. We hope you can take a moment to breathe in the warmer, sunnier air and celebrate spring together as a family.
Flower Garden by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt
Not everyone has access to outdoor space even in the best of times, but who says spring can’t come straight to you? This beautifully illustrated, rhythmic picture book details one girl’s quest for an urban garden as she plants flowers on her windowsill. It’s an intimate portrait of a family working hard to show their love despite their tough circumstances and a lovely read-aloud for readers of all ages.
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Spring is upon us! This tender story of anticipation follows a boy and his dog as they plant seeds during a drab, cold winter and watch them grow lively and green as spring finally arrives. Stead’s captivating illustrations make this a great choice for readers of all ages and Fogliano captures the agony and jubilation of waiting for spring to arrive.
A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox by Wendy Pfeffer, illustrated by Linda Bleck
The spring equinox was on March 19, but that doesn’t mean we should stop celebrating! With accessible, lyrical prose, and vibrant illustrations, this book explains the science behind spring and shows how the annual revolution of the Earth has been celebrated by various cultures throughout the ages and the world. A perfect choice for budding scientists and poets alike.
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry
What trees have you grown up around? Which ones shade you, provide homes for the critters in your community, and create beautiful blooms every year? Katherine Olivia Sessions grew up among the towering pines and redwoods of Northern California and became the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a degree in science. She then started a lifelong quest to make the world more green. This biography will inspire and captivate readers young and old.
By Olivia Sweet