Spring Things

The shift from winter into spring invites us to escape from our houses—and our heavy coats—and begin to enjoy the natural world. Leaves emerge on the trees, flower buds begin to swell, and the light lingers longer.  

Although this is often a time for increased activity, it’s also a great time to seek out books to enhance our experiences. Stories and information about plants, animals, and the earth are a natural (pun intended) choice. Planning and planting a garden might also be on your spring agenda and there are plenty of titles to pick from (yep, that’s another intentional pun).  

Whatever you choose to do to celebrate spring, enjoy!  

This booklist was created in support of BUZZWORD PGH to encourage imagination, investigation, creation, and reflection. Available to families throughout Allegheny County, BUZZWORD PGH engages young children and their families as they discover the words that are all around them. 

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And Then It's Spring

Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.

This title is also available for checkout as an eAudio on Hoopla.  

The City Tree

A newly planted sidewalk tree in the city transforms the neighborhood as residents nurture it through the seasons. Includes information on how readers can help street trees.

Hello Spring!

Presents a lyrical celebration of the arrival of spring, which is marked by changes in plant and animal life.

Lola Planta un Jardín

Inspired by a collection of garden poems, Lola plants a flower garden with help from her parents, and then watches it grow.

Lola Plants a Garden

Lola plants a flower garden with her parent’s help, and watches it grow. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby and an eAudio on Hoopla.   

Plant the Tiny Seed

Readers are invited to tap, press, and swipe pages in this interactive, rhyming story that teaches very young children how flowers sprout and mature. 

Spectacular Spring

A photographic picture book providing a comprehensive overview of topics linked to spring. Includes instructions for spring-themed activities. 

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla.   

What Will Grow?

Seeds can be big or small, round or pointy, and all sorts of colors. They can become flowers, trees, fruits, or vegetables, and they sprout all times of year, during spring, summer, fall, and winter. But all seeds have one thing in common–inside each is a new plant life waiting to emerge.