Thematic Reading List- Nature is Incredible


There is so much changing in spring. Follow this thematic reading list to find out about nature in spring, from plants to animals, and all the growth that happens during this blooming season.

0761313451 It’s Spring!
By: Linda Glaser

A child observes the arrival of spring and its effects on plants and animals. Includes suggestions for nature study projects.

0766024199 What Happens in Spring?
By: Sara Latta

Answers the following questions: What is spring? Why do we have seasons? When is it spring? Is spring the same everywhere on Earth? What are the first signs of spring? What do animals do in the spring? Why do animals migrate in the spring? Describes outdoor work and play, and includes how to make your own rainbow.

006028448X Wiggling Worms at Work
By: Wendy Pfeffer

Explains how earthworms eat, move, and reproduce and how they help plants to grow.

9780062381835 From Caterpillar to Butterfly
By: Deborah Heiligman

While watching a caterpillar brought to school in a glass jar slowly change into a beautiful butterfly, the class and the reader learn the basics about the mystery of metamorphosis.

0805022643 In the Small, Small Pond
By: Denise Fleming

Illustrations and rhyming text describe the activities of animals living in and near a small pond as spring progresses to autumn.

0439694523 Counting in the Garden
By: Kim Parker

Invites the reader to count the inhabitants of a garden, from one to ten, such as four bunnies and nine inchworms.

9780061715174 My Garden
By: Kevin Henkes

After helping her mother weed, water, and chase the rabbits from their garden, a young girl imagines her dream garden complete with jellybean bushes, chocolate rabbits, and tomatoes the size of beach balls.

9781596436244 And Then It’s Spring
By: Julie Fogliano

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.

9780763620523 Growing Frogs
By: Vivian French

A mother and child watch as tadpoles develop and grow into frogs.

0805071040 Blue Sky Bluebird
By: Rick Chrustowski

Follows a family of bluebirds from the completion of a nest at the beginning of spring through the migration of the parents and eight fledglings in autumn.

9781617723988 How Do You Know It’s Spring?
By: Ruth Owen

Describes some of the signs of spring, including changes in light and temperature, plant growth, buds on trees, baby animals, and other differences, and suggests related activities.

1583413634 Spring
By: Jill Kalz

Introduces spring, discussing the colors, flowers, holidays, and springtime animal babies.

0761303774 Dandelion Adventures
By: L. Patricia Kite

Follows seven dandelion seed parachutes which the wind blows into the air and which land in different circumstances as an example of the way in which a common plant regenerates.

0590425668 The Tiny Seed
By: Eric Carle

Text and illustrations relate the growth of a small seed that survives the winter cold to become a beautiful spring flower.

0590450301 Growing Vegetable Soup 
By: Lois Ehlert

Boldly colored illustrations and a simple text celebrate and explain the vegetable garden, from seed to soup.


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