6 Picture Books that Celebrate Spring

Celebrate Spring with Children's Books

In honor of National Garden Week, I wanted to share the following 6 picture books that celebrate spring. These are some of our family’s favorite children’s titles about gardening. Check them out!

6 Picture Books that Celebrate Spring

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  • Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

    A Pocketful of Posies: 6 Picture Books about Flower Gardening

    I first heard Flower Garden when our children’s librarian read it aloud during story time at the local library.

    The simple storyline follows a father and daughter from start to finish as they work on a special project. A beautiful surprise for somebody they both love. (If your kids are anything like mine, they’ll be begging to tackle a similar project before you ever finish reading!)

    The illustrations are filled with color and warmth. Our family enjoyed the book so much we’ve since added a copy to our personal library.

  • Painting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

    A Pocketful of Posies: 6 Picture Books about Flower GardeningThis picture book features the simple text and clean, vivid illustrations distinctive of author Lois Ehlert. Bright and boldly colored, it makes a perfect primer for beginning gardeners.

    Young children often have an easier time identifying flowers by color than by shape or size. Accordingly, this book sorts several of the most popular varieties in rainbow order.

  • The Empty Pot by Demi

    A Pocketful of Posies: 6 Picture Books about Flower GardeningA young boy with a talent for growing things receives a special seed from the emperor. The emperor commands him to tend it well and present the results in court the following spring. Despite his best efforts, the boy cannot get the seed to sprout. He must appear before the emperor with nothing to show for all his work.

    Demi’s classic folktale, The Empty Pot, is another title we checked out from our local library. My children loved it. They begged me to read it again and again, until I finally bought a copy for our own collection.

  • The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

    A Pocketful of Posies: 6 Picture Books about Flower GardeningSome of the most stunning displays of spring blossoms are not planted by human hands at all. Have you ever noticed that? Fields full of wildflowers and roadsides dense with color?

    Using simple illustrations and easy to follow text, the author explains how flowers are propagated naturally. The wind carries their seeds to a final resting place. Rain waters such seeds. Sunshine nourishes them. Until at last, they break forth in bloom in the most unexpected places.

    We got our copy of Eric Carle’s The Tiny Seed free through PaperBack Swap. (I’ve had great luck tracking down children’s titles no longer in print this way.)

  • The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

    A Pocketful of Posies: 6 Picture Books about Flower GardeningThe Gardener is another story our children’s librarian introduced us to during weekly story time about a year ago.

    Set during The Depression era and told through the letters and correspondence, the narrative follows a young girl to the big city where she takes a job in a shop owned by her uncle.

    She brings little with her, save a plucky spirit, a ready smile, a strong work ethic, some stationery for writing home, and a suitcase full of seeds.

    Using all these resources, the girl does her best to brighten the lives and lighten the load of everyone she meets. She spends her spare moments cultivating plants in a secret rooftop garden, hoping the results might eventually coax a smile from her stoic, careworn uncle.

  • The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller

    A Pocketful of Posies: 6 Picture Books about Flower GardeningWhen spring arrives with all it’s beautiful blooms, you might be tempted to think flowers exist solely to bring pleasure to those who admire and cultivate them. But as Ruth Heller explains in The Reason for a Flower, that isn’t their primary purpose.

    In her signature, inimitable style, the author uses beautifully detailed illustrations and simple rhyming verse to teach complex lessons and concepts to even the youngest of her readers in a way they can easily understand. Heller is a master at this, and our family owns several of her books for that very reason.

So those are a few of the titles I’ve been reading to our little ones this spring. We’ve already made a one run to the local nursery for flowers to put in our front beds. Yesterday, we made another trip for veggies to go in the back.

Want more ideas for springtime fun? Check out this post: 50 Fun Ideas for Spring (Free Printable Bucket List)

In the meantime, tell me. What books are you reading this spring? Are you planting something, as well? Tell me about your garden plans (or share your best gardening tips) in the comment section below.

Six children's picture books about flower gardening  --  inspire your little ones to grow things!

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    1. There are lots of great analogies to be found in the world of gardening, aren’t there, Elsie? I was reminded of that this morning while weeding one of my flowerbeds. It’s so much easier to pull those weeds when they are little — something parents would do well to remember when trying to shape habits and character traits in children.

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