Are you looking for great spring books for kids? Spring is a wonderful time for garden adventures, both in the backyard and in books. You’ll find spring book lists here of favorite garden books for ages 3-5 and 6-10. Of course, the ages will often overlap and vary according to each unique child.
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Spring Book List: Children’s Books with Garden Adventures for Ages 3-5
This beautifully illustrated book can be used to combine a study of flowers around the world with letter work. (Recommended for ages 4-8.)
Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library) by Bonnie Worth
This wasn’t written by Dr. Seuss, but it still has a fun adventure with the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2. That it gives scientific information about plants is a welcome bonus. (Recommended for ages 4-8. Best for elementary age if a child has difficulty with fantasy or wouldn’t understand the scientific concepts in the book.)
The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds: A Book About How Living Things Grow (based on the Magic School Bus Books by Joanna Cole
A Magic School Bus book is always an adventure … and one loved by many children. Again, this wasn’t written by Joanna Cole, the original author of the Magic School Bus books. I think those are the best. But the books based on the television series are still great for young children. This one goes inside a flowering plant to give young children a fun way to learn about plants. (Recommended for ages 4-8.)
The Empty Pot by Demi
This tale from China has glowing illustrations, gardening inspiration, and a clear moral to the story. (Recommended for ages 4 on up.)
Don’t forget preschool classics The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle, Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel (which includes the tale of Frog giving Toad seeds to grow a garden when Toad admires Frog’s flowers), and, of course, Peter Rabbit by English author Beatrix Potter.
Spring Book List: Children’s Books with Garden Adventures for Ages 6-10
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt
This is the type of book that can help spark an interest in fine art. It’s a combination of fiction and biographical fact in which a girl from Paris becomes friends with a gardener (who she later learns is the garden’s owner, Claude Monet) in Giverny, a few miles from Paris. The book includes reproductions by author-illustrator Laurence Anholt of Monet’s famous waterlilies painting, which Monet completed in his garden at Giverny. (Recommended for ages 6-9, although many preschoolers will love the story, too.)
Miss Rumphius wanted to travel the world and make the world more beautiful. The lupines along the coast of Maine are from seeds scattered by the real Miss Rumphius. (Recommended for ages 5-8.)
This lovely book is about Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. It tells about her native Kenya and how she returned home and brought back the trees and gardens. (Recommended for ages 5-8.)
This classic book is timeless. It tells the story of a young girl on the Yorkshire moors of England, discovering and bringing a secret garden back to life. (Recommended for ages 7-12.)
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