27 Awesome Spring Read-Alouds for Your Homeschool

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These spring read-alouds are a fantastic way to enjoy the changing weather with your homeschoolers!

It’s always wonderful to witness the cold winter weather slowly becoming warmer and to see the world awake with the beginnings of spring!

The delightful books are divided into three categories for your convenience:

  1. Spring picture books
  2. Nonfiction spring read-aloud books
  3. Spring read-aloud chapter books for kids

All of these spring read-aloud books we’ve featured here are available on Amazon and are worth owning in our opinion. But you can always check your local library first too! 

Keep reading to see which books have made our Best Spring Read-Alouds list!

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Spring Picture Books

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

This #1 New York Times Bestseller is told from the point of view of a young worm recording his daily experiences in his diary. The first entry is on March 1st, so this book is absolutely ideal for spring storytime!

Be sure to check out the hilarious “photo wall” of worm’s antics on the front and end papers! Also don’t miss the other books in the series: Diary of a Fly, and Diary of a Spider.

Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

In the season of planting, Plant a Kiss is an adorable, easy-to-read book all about the power of one small act of kindness and how it can grow.

Of the 27 books on our list, this one is at the very top for a reason!

Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld

Cloudette is a very small cloud that wants to make a big impact. But because of her size, she feels inadequate and unneeded.

Finally, she travels to a new place and eventually learns that there are indeed important things for a little cloud to do.

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Beloved author and illustrator, Eric Carle, tells the story of a tiny seed through all the seasons of the year.

This book is ideal for a botany unit study, which is a great idea for your homeschool science!

(The link we’ve provided here is for the Ready-to-Read version of the book. But it’s worth it to look for the original book at your local library!) 

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

If you live in an area where spring weather is back and forth between warm and cold, your kids will probably be able to relate to the fun story told in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs!

And if they enjoy the book, they may enjoy the 2009 full-length movie as well!

Bringing the Rain to the Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema

This book is the perfect spring read-aloud for a rainy day!

Set in Africa, this Kenyan folktale is a cumulative nursery rhyme, similar to “The House that Jack Built” or the There Was an Old Woman book series.

In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb by Marion Dane Bauer

This fun book by a Newbury Honor author brings the old, familiar saying about the beginning of spring to life! Your kids will love the cute, lively illustrations as they see all the signs of spring.

The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright

While this story isn’t exactly about spring, it IS all about learning to accept change and being willing to grow.

Kevin the koala is an adorably cute character that your kids may easily relate to!

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

This awesome book tells the story of Peter and what happens when he decides to rescue an unkempt garden. While the story ties in exceptionally well with Earth Day, it is definitely appropriate for any day in spring!

Also, if your kids love seek-and-find books, don’t miss this one!

The Wind Blew by Pat Huchins

This classic story from 1993 tells about all the unexpected things one gust of wind can carry!

The endearing rhyming text and lovely illustrations make this a must-read on our list of spring read-alouds!

Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand

If you kids love Bear and Mole, don’t miss this sweet story about what happens when their kite string breaks on a particularly blustery day.

Of course, the next time you go kite-flying, this story would be a perfect addition to your day!

Related article: 25 Fantastic Kindergarten Read-Aloud Books Your Kids Will Love

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson

This is the first of the five Fletcher books and it’s a winner! According to the School Library Journal, this is:

“A great book to share one-on-one or with a class to celebrate the season.”

Worm Weather by Jean Taft

Let’s face it: sometimes the rainy weather of spring can be a big downer for kids. We’re convinced that this is THE book to help them see how wonderful and fun rain can be!

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes

This beautifully-illustrated book shows the world waking up and details all the wonderful signs of the beginning of spring.

It’s especially perfect for your preschool and younger elementary school kids.

Seeds and Trees by Brandon Walden

At first glance, you might think this would a nonfiction read-aloud book all about growing a garden.

Instead, this insightful book details the power of words and the impact they can make on those around us. The positive messages in the book definitely make it worthy of your home library!

Nonfiction Spring Read Alouds

While you’re looking for great spring read-alouds, why not incorporate some great nonfiction books too?

There are so many things to learn about in the spring: the seasons, the weather changing, the life cycle of plants and animals, gardening, and so much more!

My Baby Blue Jays by John Berendt

This great book is part of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

We were amazed how much our kids loved the photographs of a baby blue jay being born and nurtured on a quiet street in New York. There are also some great discussion questions and activities for kids on the back jacket. 

Also, if you have kids under the age of five, be sure to see if Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is available where you live! This incredible program sends a free high-quality book to your child every month from birth to age 5, no matter your income level.

One Bean by Anne Rockwell

This American Bookseller Pick of the Lists book is the perfect nonfiction spring read-aloud.

It describes the life cycle of a plant simply and clearly, starting from a seed that begins to sprout. There’s also a list of easy activities to do at home!

The Reasons for the Seasons by Gail Gibbons

In easy-to-understand language, the author teaches why the seasons change so that even your younger elementary schoolers can understand.

The book introduces concepts such as the solstices and equinoxes, the characteristics of different seasons, and why the tilt of the Earth’s axis is so important.

Everything Spring by Jill Esbaum

This wonderful spring read-aloud is produced by the respectable National Geographic. It’s full of colorful photographs of baby animals and other major signs of spring.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner

If you are planning to plant any type of garden this year, this is THE best nonfiction book you could read with your kids!

They’ll learn all about everything that is happening down underneath the dirt.

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Kenard Pak

This sweet book is told from the perspective of a young boy who notices all the signs that spring is on its way.

Spring Chapter Books to Read Aloud

These wonderful chapter books can be read aloud over the course of many days or several weeks during springtime.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

One of America’s Top 100 Most Loved Novels, Charlotte’s Web is a wonderful read-aloud spring chapter book for kids of all ages!

Fern is an eight-year-old girl who saves the life of a little piglet “when the grass was wet and the earth smelled of springtime.” Thanks to Charlotte the spider, that little piglet grows to live a long and happy life.

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

This famous book is the second book in the beloved Chronicles of Narnia series.

In this book, the four Pevensie children find a secret passage in an old wardrobe that leads them to Narnia. With help from the mighty Aslan, they battle to save Narnia from the White Witch and the eternal winter she’s created.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

This timeless story is printed in a beautiful cloth-bound book that can be part of your home library for many years to come!

Read the adventures of Rat, Mole, Badger, and Mr. Toad to your kids this spring!

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl 

Deemed one of the Top 100 Fantasy Books of All Time by Time Magazine, this is the story of an orphaned boy named James who finds refuge in a magical, mystical, giant peach.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This unabridged version of the classic story would be lovely to share with your kids this spring!

Mary Lennox is a difficult young orphan who discovers a secret garden, friendship, and adventure when she is sent to Yorkshire to live with her uncle.

Free Printable Resource Library

If you haven’t yet joined the Reluctant Homeschool Mama’s Free Resource Library, you can do that right here by clicking on this link or on the image below!

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Inside you’ll find tons of fantastically free homeschooling resources, such as printable unit studies, book report forms, holiday printable pages, a learning styles quiz, and much more!

Final thoughts about these great spring read-alouds:

We sure hope you enjoy this list of fantastic spring read-alouds for your homeschool!

Please be sure to pin this post or share which of these books you already know and love in the comments below. Better yet, tell us what other books you’d add to our list!

Related articles about homeschooling, books, and more:

27 Fantastic Winter Read Alouds Your Kids Will Enjoy

35 Fabulous Books Your Middle-Schooler Needs to Read

15 Amazing History Book Series for Your Homeschool 

How to Easily Create a Fabulous Homeschool Library

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Have you read any of these spring read-aloud books with your kids before? Which one is your favorite? 

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