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.
By: Linda Glaser
A child observes the arrival of spring and its effects on plants and animals. Includes suggestions for nature study projects.
|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.
|Wiggling Worms at Work
By: Wendy Pfeffer
Explains how earthworms eat, move, and reproduce and how they help plants to grow.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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.
|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.
By: Vivian French
A mother and child watch as tadpoles develop and grow into frogs.
|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.
|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.
By: Jill Kalz
Introduces spring, discussing the colors, flowers, holidays, and springtime animal babies.
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.
|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.
|Growing Vegetable Soup
By: Lois Ehlert
Boldly colored illustrations and a simple text celebrate and explain the vegetable garden, from seed to soup.