Published: March 16, 2023
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Ello's Best Books

Fun, Fresh Springs Book for Every Reading Level

Lauren Sittel
Literacy Specialist

Spring is in the air, so why not have it on our bookshelves, too? It’s easy to find lists of spring read-aloud books, but here at Ello, we’re all about books your child can read on their own. Here are some seasonal, readable books to grab on your next trip to the library or find on your Ello app!

Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)

Learning about seasonal changes is lots of fun in Kindergarten, and the shift to spring means more time outside, appreciating nature, and lots of cute, cuddly baby animals to read about.

Have You Seen My Duckling by Nancy Tafuri is one of my all-time favorite books for early emergent readers.

I Went Walking and Let’s Go Visiting by Sue Williams are sweet, beautifully illustrated stories about a young child’s experience of farm life.

Ducks in Muck by Lori Haskins is a great one for Kindergarteners who are really starting to get the hang of sounding out words.

Kindergarten Books On Your Ello App

I Have a Garden by Bob Barner sets the perfect mood for appreciating the outdoor beauty of spring!

Dot and Bob by David McPhail is an adorable story of how a dog–and his very enthusiastic digging skills–helps his family plant a tree.

A Family Picnic by Rose Lewis will leave your kids dreaming of family time and picnic goodies.

Got a Kindergartener who loves animals (who doesn’t)? Spring is a great time to read about farms and baby animals!

First Grade (Ages 6-7)

First grade is a big year for reading growth! That means we get beloved, classic characters doing lots of spring things. It also means there’s a wide range of reading levels in any first-grade classroom, so I’ve arranged these lists from easiest to most difficult.

Pignic by Matt Phelan is a fun, fast read that is delightful without being overwhelming for an early reader.

Biscuit in the Garden by Alyssa Satin Capucilli follows the fun antics of everyone’s favorite puppy, Biscuit!

The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss is a beautiful celebration of winter turning into spring.

Spring Is Here: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand is one of the many funny books in this series that showcases the sweet friendship of Bear and Mole.

Pete the Cat and the Cool Caterpillar by James Dean will inspire bug-collecting adventures!

Little Critter: A Green, Green Garden by Mercer Mayer is a surprisingly accurate look at what it really takes to grow a garden.

First Grade Books On Your Ello App

I Like Bugs by Margaret Brown can make a bug-lover out of just about anyone!

Worm Weather by Jean Taft is a celebration of a time-honored childhood tradition: going on a rain walk and checking out the worms.

The Chick That Wouldn’t Hatch by Claire Daniel takes young readers to the farm in springtime to follow a runaway egg on its misadventures.

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss is a classic that teaches a wonderful lesson about perseverance in the face of doubt.

A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry will make kids and adults alike want to go hug their nearest tree.

Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand is the very relatable story of a kite lost on a stormy day.

Many favorite first-grade characters—like Little Critter, Pete the Cat, Clifford, Franklin, and Biscuit—have spring-themed books that match their reading level!

Second Grade (Ages 7-8)

There are tons of fun spring- and spring break-themed books written for second-graders. As your blossoming reader continues to grow, you can start including chapter books as well!

Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble by Cynthia Rylant is a delightful celebration of spring with two beloved characters.

Uni the Unicorn: Uni Brings the Spring by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a must if you have a unicorn lover in the house!

Fluffy’s Spring Vacation by Kate McMullan is just one book in a great series of a class guinea pig’s grand adventures!

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel is a classic for a reason. Really any of the Frog & Toad books are perfect for second graders in spring.

Abracadabra, It’s Spring by Anne Sibley O’Brien celebrates the magical way the earth comes back to life in spring.

The Spring Dance from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler is, like all the other “Black Lagoon” books, hilarious (at least to second-graders).

Second Grade Books On Your Ello App

Chicken on Vacation by Adam Lehrhaupt gives off perfect “spring break staycation” vibes and is all about the power of imagination.

A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman is a whimsical story about every kid’s goal on a rainy day: finding a rainbow!

One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor Pinczes is funny, introduces some division, and is all about a picnic.

How to Hide a Butterfly by Ruth Heller is a beautiful look at how insects use camouflage.

Pro tip from an Ello reader: take your spring books like A Rainbow of My Own and read them outside!

Third Grade (Ages 8-9)

Your third-grader probably isn’t quite as into seasonally-themed books as they were a couple of years ago, but they probably still enjoy a good picture book. And a great chapter book will help any third-grader with a case of spring fever have some vicarious adventures!

Hello, Rain! by Kyo Maclear is a poetic romp through the delights of a spring thunderstorm.

Little Frog and the Spring Pollywogs by Jane Yolen is a fun picture book about an uncle frog who saves the day.

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett tells of the adventures of a boy who is called upon to rescue a baby dragon.

Spring Break by Karen Dugan tackles the important question: what do you do if you break you ankle right before spring break?

Geronimo Stilton is one of the best series for adventurous, fun-loving 2nd-4th graders around

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar is a perfect dose of relatable, wacky humor for any budding comedian.

Third Grade Books On Your Ello App

Bugs Are Insects by Anne Rockwell will teach kids and adults alike all about what makes an insect an insect.

The Cloud Book by Tomie DePaola is a beautiful, fascinating look at the clouds that seem to change so much in spring skies.

Fishing in the Air by Sharon Creech tells the heartwarming story of a boy’s first time fishing with his father.

Spring of third grade is a great time to introduce chapter book series that your kids can keep reading through summer.

“As soon as her box is delivered she sits down and reads through each book and then continues to read the books over and over again to everyone in the family. It has really helped build her confidence and we are thrilled to see how much progress she has made.”
- Danielle T.