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There are a lot of reasons to celebrate the change of seasons from winter to spring. Ditching the heavy coats, spending extra time outside, absorbing more Vitamin D… I could go on. If you can’t tell, I’m very excited about spring and I know I’m not alone. Sure, the official change of the season doesn’t guarantee perfect weather, but I like to think it’s the signal things are going to start looking up.
In addition to the flowers and sunshine, spring also brings with it some fun holidays to celebrate as a family. It’s a great time to update your children’s bookshelves with stories that welcome the new season and help kids learn more about the springtime holidays. And a reminder, even if your family doesn’t celebrate a particular holiday, it’s a great time to teach your children about different cultures and celebrations. Here are 23 books to add to your collection this spring.
Books About Easter
Our favorite little mouse is back for more in this colorful Easter special.
With an array of Easter surprises, the adventures of Llama Llama are perfect for toddlers who love lots of rhymes and fun!
This special Easter tale is told through the perspective of Christianity, and highlights the story of Jesus in a die-cut board book format.
Cottage Door Press
Sure to delight the littlest readers, this board book comes with a finger puppet bunny to help the story hop along with Easter at the end! Plus, it's sized perfectly for an Easter basket.
Told through interactive rhyme and lots of fun images, this story teaches children about Christianity and Jesus.
A beautifully-illustrated hardcover storybook for young children (ages 3+) telling the story of Easter from the Bible.
Books About Passover
April Halprin Wayland
This warm story is a great way to teach your children about Passover and elements of Jewish culture.
David A. Adler
For little ones that love big images, this Passover story recounts the trials and tribulations of the Jewish community.
With our favorite friends from Sesame Street, messages of inclusion, acceptance, and love are shown through the celebration of Passover.
It's almost time to celebrate, but Pippa can't find her special Sedar plate. Join the adventure as she interacts with animals and celebrates the special holiday with them all.
Books About Ramadan
The first novel in the "Celebrate the World Collection," Ramadan is an amazing illustrated book perfect for kids learning to be thankful.
H. A. Rey
From our favorite little monkey comes a story of Ramadan, showcasing the evening celebration and the culture alongside it.
Rabiah York Lumbard
This friendly novel is great for children learning about willpower and pushing through. From the perspective of Sophia, the story of fasting and celebrating the holiday is showcased in a wonderful light.
Na'ima B. Robert
Written and illustrated by Muslim people, this children's book is perfect for showcasing the month for all cultures to understand.
Through vibrant illustrations and eccentric colors, this story shows an intersectional lifestyle and respect from all angles for a young schoolgirl.
Books About Spring & Earth Day
David A. Carter
For your little ones who have a knack for flora and fauna, this pop-up picture book is perfect for welcoming spring with open arms—literally.
Why can't every day be Earth Day? Young Trina does everything she can to make the world a better place, and shows your little one how they can help, too.
This interactive celebration of mother Earth is a great way to show your little one just how special she is.
Inspired by Indigenous movements across the continent, this story shows just how essential water is, and how we can each do more to protect it.
This fun picturebook is a perfect portrayal of patience throughout the winter as we count down the days until spring.
Through the lens of a young boy and his dog, your child can tag along with this story of seasons and how nature and animals adapt through it all.
With fun riddles, loads of illustrations and lots of fun, your child can learn about animals, plants, and weather as they experience it.
Lola's love for plants inspires her to create and grow her own garden. While learning about flowers and other plants, she learns patience, too.
This article was originally published in March 2021. It has been updated for timeliness.