Springtime Reading

We have turned the clocks forward, the snow is melting, birds are chirping…SPRING IS ON ITS WAY!

I’m so excited to spend the day outside with my boys, splashing in the puddles and exploring what has been hiding under the mounds of snow the past few months.  The problem is that we can only spend so much time outside in the early Spring because it is still less than 50 degrees outside.


But that’s okay for us because we love cuddling under the covers and reading book after book together, daydreaming about warmer Spring days based on the books we read.

So we have compiled a list of our favorite Spring time books to read while the snow melts.

Our criteria was that the books focus on nature, especially gardening since it is our favorite Springtime activity, and animals that are just as excited about the warmer weather as we are.


This beautifully illustrated book takes you through the process of planting a garden all year long.


Practice counting and studying all types of creepy crawly bugs that you will come across in the Spring!


Cheer on a family of ducks as they travel through the Boston Commons, in the heart of the city of Boston.


Read about an amazing little fish and his home.


An entertaining story on how a lady bug “gets her grumpies out.”


Practice counting skills through this interactive book of learning.


Read about how the clumsy duck learns about his strengths instead of his weaknesses.


Explore nature and all of its beautiful seasons using the five senses.


A memorable tale about how to keep nature alive and thriving.


Enjoy this beautifully illustrated pop up book featuring some fun animals.


Learn about colors through this fun and interactive board book.

Looking for other fun ways to enjoy the Spring?

Head to our favorite parks and nature centers:

Brookfield Zoo

Busse Woods

Chicago Botanic Gardens

Cosley Zoo

Friendship Park Conservatory

Didier Farms

The Glen

The Grove

Independence Grove

Lake Arlington

Lincoln Park Zoo

North School Park

Old Orchard Mall

River Trails Nature Center

Village Green

Wagner Farms

Wildwood Nature Center

Don’t forget to check out our other favorite picture books!


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  1. Robyn Petrik says

    I love that you’ve put the spring and nature theme in the books you’re choosing to read, what a smart idea. I don’t have kids of my own, but I’m always on the lookout for good books for my nieces and nephew.

    • amandasimkin says

      Your siblings would probably love if you bought books instead of toys for their kids…I know I always appreciate it! You can’t really step on a book and get hurt, but a Lego really stings!

  2. CourtneyLynne says

    what a great list of books!!! These are the kinda books my daughter is into at the moment! Might have to get her afew of these 🙂

  3. R U S S says

    I love that the book covers ( The Five Senses is my favorite ) and the themes complement Spring. I’m sure this will encourage children to read.

  4. Rosey says

    We get a ton of lady bugs in the house every spring. That would be my choice from your list to bring home. I think the kids would like reading about a grumpy one! 🙂

  5. Chubskulit Rose says

    Wow, that’s a lot of Spring books to read. Yep, I am so glad Spring has finally sprung, although we were in the mid 30s this week, I will take it as long as there is no sno=w.

  6. Keianna says

    Just in time! We were just thinking about which books to get for my lil guy to read over the summer. We have a couple of those already, but some great ideas for new books on your list. Thank you!

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