10 Children’s Books for Spring

By Rocco Staino

In Spring, parents, teachers, and librarians’ thoughts turn to books about the season and its related topics. Here is a list of 10 titles to share with the children in your life!

Green - Children's Books for SpringGreen (Roaring Brook, 2012) is the color of spring and it is also the title of Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s book about the color. The Caldecott honor book uses die cuts to pay homage to the color green. Children we be amazed by each page turn.

Grandpa Green - Children's Books for Spring


Green is also part of the title of Lane Smith’s Grandpa Green (Roaring Brook, 2011), a touching story about a grandfather who is a gardener. He shares memories via his topiaries on a walk with his grandson through his garden.

The Curious Garden - Children's Books for Spring


In The Curious Garden (Little Brown, 2009) Peter Brown bring the garden theme to an urban setting. Red headed Liam has a quest to transform his grey city into a lush green world.


Miss Rumpus - Children's Books for Spring

Miss Rumphius (Viking, 1982) is another famed picture book character that also longed to make the world beautiful. Barbara Cooney is said to have based this story on a real life woman who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went.

Tree Lady - Children's Books for SpringKate Sessions was definitely a real person who helped San Diego grow from a dry desert town into a lush, leafy city known for its gorgeous parks and gardens. H. Joseph Hopkins and Jill McElmurry tell her story in the picture book biography The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever (Beach Lane, 2013).

Spring is also a good time to introduce children’s classics and I have two for you.

Make Way for Ducklings - Children's Books for SpringMake Way for Ducklings (Viking, 1941) is the Caldecott winning book by Robert Mccluskey that tells the story of a mallard family’s adventures of living in a lagoon at the Boston Public Garden.

The Runaway Bunny - Children's Books for Spring

Before Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd collaborated on Good Night Moon (Harper, 1947) they created The Runaway Bunny (Harper, 1942). The plot deals with a small rabbit, who wants to run away. His mother, however, tells him that “if you run away, I will run after you.”

Little White Rabbit - Children's Books for Spring


If your young reader wants to go on a bunny binge then add Kevin Henkes Little White Rabbit (Greenwillow, 2014).  It has been called “a cousin to The Runaway Bunny” and is just as charming.

When Spring Comes - Children's Books for Spring


Kevin Henkes teamed up with his wife, Laura Dronzek, for When Spring Comes (Greenwillow, 2016). They show the transformation of the world around us from winter to spring.

And Then It's Spring - Children's Books for Spring


Finally, And Then It’s Spring (Roaring Brook, 2012) by Julie Fogliano and Erin Stead is the story of a boy and his dog and the joy of spring.



10 Children's Books for Spring



Rocco is the charismatic host of StoryMakers, our interview show.  A captivating and important figure in the book community, he is a prominent librarian, a contributing editor at School Library Journal, a contributing writer at The Huffington Post, and the Director of the Empire State Center for the Book, which administers the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. Rocco has interviewed such luminaries as Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and Jean Craighead George.

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