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8 Wonderful Baby & Toddler Books for Spring

It’s been a long, strange winter, hasn’t it? And though the snow on the ground might suggest otherwise, spring is nearly here! I don’t know about you, but I am SO ready. Green grass, blossoming trees, lightweight jackets … bring it on!

A new season also means that I get to switch out our seasonal books, which is always a welcomed change in our house. We’ve got so many great spring books in our collection, but the ones I’m most looking forward to taking out this year are the board books that have been tucked away since my daughter was wee…The ones that my 16 month old will flip through and chew on and probably be a little too rough with, none of which matters to me so long as they’re thoroughly loved and enjoyed.

Here are 8 great baby and toddler books for spring…

The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett

A sweet story of devotion and persistence, and one of my spring favourites! Duck doesn’t have an egg of his own like the other birds do, but when he stumbles upon one, he cares for it as if it were his own and patiently waits for it to hatch, eventually getting a BIG surprise! The book’s cut pages are fun for little hands to flip through and the illustrations are muted and lovely. One of my favourite things about this story is that it challenges the stereotypical concept of family – in the sweetest, most relatable way.

Duckie’s Rainbow by France Barry

Such a clever little book! As Duckie is hurrying home to avoid the rain, he passes through a red poppy field, under an orange bridge, around a yellow cornfield, past a big green tree, and so on. As you flip the pages, a gorgeous rainbow takes shape, leaving Duckie underneath admiring it at the end. What I love about this book is that both indigo and violet are properly represented, making it a great story for teaching and learning about true rainbow order. Not to mention that the book’s shape makes it truly unique!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

A classic and a must-have in any home library! This darling little story follows a caterpillar on its journey to becoming a beautiful butterfly. In addition to metamorphosis, the book touches on the days of the week and healthful eating, providing the stepping stones to many wonderful teachable moments. Its vibrant artwork and cut pages keep little ones engaged and the final page often brings about an audible gasp of delight.

Rain by Carol Thompson

Sparse text and expressive illustrations make this book about rain a delight for the senses. The story follows a child playing outdoors when a sunny day goes from cloudy to rainy to really rainy. The illustrations perfectly depict a child’s response to a warm, spring rain – wonderment, joy, puddle jumping, and reflection investigating! The simple, repetitive, and rhyming text invites little readers to join in and chant along.

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Another must-have and a wonderful introduction to gardening! The story takes its readers on a journey through the seasons with the planting of bulbs in the fall, the ordering of seeds in the winter, and the sprouting of bulbs and planting of seeds in the spring. Gorgeous cut pages showcase flowers of each colour in full bloom during springtime and eventually you’re taken through summer bouquets before the cycle begins again. Vibrant illustrations offer all kinds of additional information in the form of labels and underground views, which is a nice added touch.

That’s Not My Bunny… by Fiona Watt

A lovely book for babies! Filled with interesting textures, Usborne’s touchy feely books have simplistic and predictable story lines, which is part of their charm in my opinion. The illustrations are bold, the pages are sturdy, and the various textures invite little fingers to touch various parts of the bunnies, making this book great for fine motor development. Older toddlers will also enjoy finding the little while mouse hidden on each page!

Bunnies by Richard Scarry

A true classic and very likely a book that will bring you back to your own childhood. Filled with old-fashioned charm, this book is surprisingly educational given the young target audience. Little animal lovers have the opportunity to see all different types of rabbits represented in the illustrations and will learn all sorts of bunny facts, some of which are slightly odd but interesting nonetheless. In my opinion, this is a perfect Easter basket pick!

Flutter! Fly! by Karen Pixton

Perhaps an unconventional choice given the lack of text, but Indestructible books are wonderful for babies who want nothing more than to chew board books to the point of falling apart. Believe it or not, when they say ‘indestructible’, they truly mean it. These books are chew-proof, rip-proof, and 100% washable {and trust me – my little guy has put them to the test}. This particular title is filled with big, gorgeous images of things with wings and includes birds, butterflies, bumblebees, and hummingbirds – all perfect for spring!

Well, there you have it… 8 books to read with your baby or toddler this spring! Which titles would you add to the list?

Happy reading!

—Jen

About Jen

Jen is a teacher, blogger, and mama to a spirited little lady and a preemie baby boy. She’s passionate about play, loves a good DIY project, adores travelling, and can often be found in the kitchen creating recipes that meet her crunchy mama criteria. You can follow Jen on her blog, Mama.Papa.Bubba, and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.