Blossoming imagination picture books about spring for the classroom.

Blossoming Imagination: Picture Books about Spring for the Classroom

Welcome to the season of rebirth and renewal—there’s no better time than spring to spark your students’ imaginations and love for nature. These handpicked picture books about spring offer a colourful way to explore this vibrant season in the classroom. From spring festivals to the budding of new life, these stories about spring are excellent teaching tools that blend striking visuals with enriching narratives.

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The Magical Power of Stories About Spring

Spring is a wonderful time of year. There is a positive feeling in the air as flowers start to bloom and leaves return to the trees. It is not too hot or too cold, and I don’t even mind the rain. 

Spring also means the Easter holidays or Spring Break will be right around the corner. And what teacher can’t wait for a break?

Picture books about spring offer a vibrant and imaginative way to bring this topic to life in the classroom.

A group of children reading a book under a cherry blossom tree.

The Benefits of Reading Picture Books about Spring

Picture books offer a multi-sensory learning experience that can significantly enrich the understanding of spring and the changing seasons. 

The dynamic images stimulate students’ creativity, while the text fosters language skills and comprehension. Characters in these stories about spring exhibit attitudes and actions such as:

  • Displaying joy at the arrival of spring
  • Engaging in spring cleaning activities
  • Planting seeds and observing how they grow
  • Observing and learning about animals and insects active during spring
  • Joining in spring festivals with family and friends
A little girl blowing a dandelion in the park.

Questions to Pair with Picture Books About Spring

Here are some questions to spark interesting discussions about spring:

  • What changes do you notice in the environment during spring?
  • Can you describe the appearance of the trees during spring?
  • How do animals behave differently during spring?
  • Why do you think some animals wake up or return during spring?
  • How does the weather change in spring?
  • What activities do the characters engage in during spring?
  • Why is spring important for plants and animals?
  • In the book, how does spring bring about a sense of renewal or new beginnings?
  • How does the coming of spring in the story symbolise change and growth?
  • How do the characters prepare for spring?
  • Can you think of any festivals or events that occur in spring?
  • How does the book’s illustration depict spring?
  • How does spring influence the narrative of the picture book?

Picture Books about Spring Books

And then it’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

A boy and his dog are tired of winter’s brown, barren landscape. They decide to plant a garden and patiently wait for it to grow. As their anticipation builds, the world transforms around them from a dull brown to a vibrant green, signalling the arrival of spring.

And then it’s Spring inspires discussions on the anticipation of change, the cycle of seasons, patience, and the joy of nature’s renewal.

Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer

Because of an Acorn begins with the simple act of an acorn falling from a tree, followed by a series of events and life cycles triggered by this occurrence. 

From the sprouting of a tree to the habitats it provides and the chain of life it supports, this book portrays nature’s cycles and the balance within an ecosystem. 

Bird House by Blanca Gómez

A little girl and her grandmother find an injured bird on a snowy day. They nurse it back to health, allowing it to fly freely around their living room. The grandmother teaches the girl that the bird is not theirs to keep but is welcome to visit the birdhouse they built.

Bird House inspires discussions on compassion, caring for all creatures, the wonder of nature, and letting go.

Bloom by Anne Booth

A young girl teaches a man, lost in jealousy and anger, about the transformative power of words and their impact on the world around him. The book reminds us that our language can be as nurturing or damaging as we allow it and teaches empathy, respect, and self-awareness.

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Liam, a young explorer, stumbles upon a wilting garden on an abandoned train track. With time, care, and patience, Liam nurtures the garden back to life. His hard work pays off when his blossoming oasis spreads throughout the city. 

The Curious Garden sparks discussions on sustainability, adaptability, perseverance, cooperation, and the impact one person can have on their environment.

Emmett and Caleb by Karen Hottois

Emmett and Caleb are as close as can be, yet their different personalities sometimes lead to misunderstandings. However, they always find a way back to each other, valuing their friendship over their differences.

Emmett and Caleb illustrates that friendships might face ups and downs, but the ability to forgive, understand, and communicate is key to maintaining them.

The Empty Pot by Demi

An Emperor challenges the children in his kingdom to grow a seed. Ping tends lovingly to his seed but only has an empty pot to show the emperor when spring arrives. It turns out to be a test of honesty, and Ping’s truthfulness earns him the honour of becoming the next emperor.

The Empty Pot promotes discussions on honesty, integrity, perseverance, and the courage to stand alone even when difficult.

The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton

Joe dreams of a world filled with exotic plants and unusual animals. One day, he brings his dream to life by planting a seed on his balcony. His small act sparks a transformation that turns the grey city into a lush, green haven.

The Extraordinary Gardener promotes discussions on transformation, the power of one person, the beauty of nature, enthusiasm, patience and perseverance.

Fox Tells Lies by Susanna Isern

Super Turtle: myth or reality? Things spiral out of control when Fox tells a little white lie to impress his friends. But when Squirrel is in trouble, Fox realizes the importance of honesty and owning up to our mistakes. 

Fox Tells Lies reminds your students to make responsible decisions and always tell the truth.

Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood by Tony Hillery

Mr. Tony, seeing the restlessness of the children in Harlem, transforms a vacant lot into a community garden. With the help of students, he brings positive change to the neighbourhood.

Harlem Grown explores the power of collective action, environmental conservation, seeing hard work bear fruit, taking initiative, shared responsibility, and the power of a single big idea.

Home of the Wild by Louise Greig

A boy finds an orphaned fawn, which he brings home and nurtures it. As the fawn grows, the boy realizes that a house is not a home for wild things. Wild things need to run, soar, and swim.

Home of the Wild fosters conversations about respecting and preserving nature, responsibility and care for others, freedom, letting go, even when difficult, and compassion towards animals.

In a Garden by Tim McCanna

Explore the interconnectedness of nature in a garden through all four seasons, from a single seed planted in the earth to the bustling ecosystem teeming within a garden.

In a Garden promotes discussions on ecosystems, the changing seasons and how they affect a garden, the life cycle of plants, the balance of nature, patience and interconnectedness.

The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc

A lion finds an injured bird and nurses it back to health. As spring arrives, the bird rejoins its flock, leaving the lion alone. The lion experiences the passing of seasons until it is rewarded with the bird’s familiar sound as autumn returns.

The Lion and the Bird explores themes of separation and reunion, the importance of empathy, kindness, and the bonds of friendship.

The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes

Despite his size, a tiny gardener tirelessly works to breathe life into his cherished garden. The task proves overwhelming until one day, he makes a wish that brings an unexpected helper.

The Little Gardener promotes discussions on persistence no matter how daunting the task, bringing about change, how small actions can have a big impact, seeking help and community cooperation.

My Indigo World: A True Story of the Color Blue by Rosa Chang

A Korean girl plants indigo seeds in the community garden near her new American home, learning how to grow and harvest the plants. She learns how this tradition connected communities and has a long history of forced labour. 

My Indigo World explores nature, traditions, community gardens, first-person narrative, and learning from history.

One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes

One hundred ants march towards a picnic. Through their journey, they experiment with different formations, highlighting the importance of problem-solving and teamwork.

The book explores cooperation and the practical application of mathematics in everyday life and reminds us of the power of unity and strategic thinking.

Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner

This is the first of two picture books about spring by Kate Messner.  As a boy and his mother paddle across the pond, they observe the world above and beneath them.

Over and Under the Pond encourages discussions on observation and curiosity, appreciating and preserving the natural world, life cycles, and respect for all creatures.

Patience, Miyuki by Roxane Marie Galliez

Miyuki, an impatient young girl, waits for a flower to bloom. Despite her grandfather’s gentle reminders that nature has its rhythm and cannot be rushed, Miyuki struggles to wait.

Patience, Miyuki promotes discussions on patience, the beauty of nature, mindfulness, letting things happen at their own pace and persistence and resilience in frustration.

A Perfect Day by Lane Smith

Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel are enjoying a blissful day. That is, until Bear shows up, eats their food, crushes the daffodils, and drinks the water. While no longer a perfect day for the group of friends, from Bear’s perspective, it’s just perfect! 

A Perfect Day highlights how the same situation can be perceived differently based on our unique perspectives, fostering empathy and understanding.

Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson

The book encourages the reader to get involved in the growth cycle of a seed. They can witness the seed’s transformation into a beautiful zinnia flower in a buzzing garden.

Plant the Tiny Seed promotes discussions on growth, transformation and environmental engagement. 

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

A mother and child carefully plant bulbs and seeds in their garden, creating a rainbow of flowers. Their hard work blooms through the seasons into various colours.

Planting a Rainbow promotes discussions on the growth cycle of plants, nature’s colours, patience and care in nurturing growth, collaborative work, planning and the changing seasons.

The Pond by Nicola Davies

The Pond invites us into the world of a young boy dealing with the loss of his father and the different ways his family experiences and copes with grief. 

The Pond explores acceptance, grief, self-management, coping with loss and resilience in adversity.