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Spring reading! Picture books about gardens, birds and insects

We’ve chosen some of our favourite picture books for spring reading! With the weather getting warmer we are starting to think about our garden and spending time outside. Watching wildlife and planting seeds and flowers is definitely on our agenda and we have several books on our bookshelf that stimulate learning about nature and identifying the various birds and bugs we are likely to encounter while we are outside.

JASPER’S BEANSTALK by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen

A great story to introduce the concept of planting and growth to very young children and also introduces them to the days of the week and the need for patience!! We have already planted lettuce, basil, tomato and pepper seeds and they are growing very slowly!!

Jasper's Beanstalk - Story Snug

When the Bees Buzzed Off! by Lula Bell and Stephen Bennett

When the Bees Buzzed Off! - Story Snug

At a time when the bee population is declining we’re very conscious about planting more bee friendly flowers in our garden. This is a fabulous story which explains to children, in a very simple way, the role of bees and how we can attract them back to our gardens.

PEEK and SEEK by Violet Peto and Charlotte Milner

This sturdy lift the flap board book introduces children to six different animals, birds and insects, their very different habitats, their collective names and a wealth of other information. It also encourages the reader to spot hidden objects in each picture which makes reading the book a fun and very interactive learning experience.

Peek and Seek - Story Snug

BUG HOTEL by Libby Walden and Clover Robin

Bug Hotel - Story Snug

BUG HOTEL, a sturdy lift the flap board book, introduces six different kinds of creepy-crawlies including beetles, spiders, bees and butterflies. We are introduced to where they live, how they catch their prey and features that are particular to each one. It was interesting to learn where stag beetles get their name from, why a ladybird looks like it does and how fast a snail travels.

BIRD HOUSE by Libby Walden and Clover Robin

BIRD HOUSE introduces us to six different types of homes for birds. The birds include ducks, swallows, woodpeckers and owls. The book shows us where different birds live, what they eat and special features or capabilities that they may have. It also introduces children to the concept of migration and the way that birds can find their way home even when they are miles away.

Bird House - Story Snug

Just Ducks! by Nicola Davies and Salvatore Rubbino

Just Ducks! - Story Snug

A little girl wakes up in the morning and hears ducks quacking outside on the river. She describes a duck’s day in parallel with her own and explains how and why the colours of a male and female duck differ, where and how ducks lay their eggs, what they like to eat and when and where they sleep. This beautifully illustrated, non fiction picture book gives so much interesting about ducks and their habits. 

Do you have a favourite book for spring reading? We’d love to hear your suggestions for books that introduce young children to nature and gardens.

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18 responses to “Spring reading! Picture books about gardens, birds and insects”

  1. Acorn Books avatar

    Gorgeous choices, I love this time of year and there are some really great books to explore it. #Readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      This is absolutely my favourite time in the garden, spring flowers always look so pretty after a long winter 🙂

  2. sarahmo3w avatar

    Some lovely recommendations. We never did seasonal reading with the kids, whether spring, Christmas or anything else, they just had a pile of books and read them whenever! I must say the first thing I thought of for spring was Percy the Park Keeper. The kids used to love those books.

    1. Catherine avatar

      We love Percy the Park Keeper too. One Snowy Night is one of the most viewed books on Story Snug 🙂

  3. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) avatar

    I love it when spring starts to make an appearance, these books look great for inspiring little ones to get outdoors! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Most young children enjoy looking at bugs and insects too and hopefully these books will inspire them to learn about creatures and birds that live in our gardens and further afield.

  4. Kim Carberry avatar

    What a lovely selection of books! Fantastic for little ones and a bit of learning x

    1. Catherine avatar

      Hopefully something for everyone here 🙂

  5. mumjd avatar

    These sound a great selection of books. I’m planning on planting some seeds, but with the unusual weather patterns, difficult to know when to do it. Heard snow is forecast. And can’t believe bluebells are already in flower #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s really difficult to know what to do in the garden with such changeable weather. We had a short snow shower again this morning so now I’m worried about all the plants I’ve already pruned!!

  6. BookBairn (@BookBairn) avatar

    Great choices! I just love the Clover Robin ones!! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      A new Clover Robin book has just come through our letterbox this morning – It’s as stunning and informative as the books we already own 🙂

  7. Natasha Mairs - Serenity You avatar
    Natasha Mairs - Serenity You

    Some fab books here. Love the sound of the Bug Hotel and Peek & Seek. #Readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Bug Hotel and Peek and Seek are fascinating and I learnt some new facts from both of them too 🙂

  8. stickymudandbellylaughs avatar

    What lovely books. We are so excited for Spring! The bird house book would be fab to use alongside bird watching in the garden.

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. Have a lovely weekend. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      Bird House is brilliant and it helped us learn more about the birds that visit our garden 🙂

  9. The Queen of Collage avatar

    Love these books for little ones. I think the first has to be a firm favourite. #mmbc

    1. Catherine avatar

      I love Jasper, it’s also a great book to use for making Story Sacks 🙂