Books With Spring Animals

Spring is a time for new life in the natural world, with flowers blooming and baby animals being born. Rabbits and ducks are particularly associated with springtime and the Christian holiday of Easter in Western culture, and these lovely picture books featuring spring animals are wonderful reads for welcoming the new season:

Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

This sweet picture book tells the story of a little bunny looking for a home to call his own. The story is beautifully and simply told by Margaret Wise Brown, perhaps best known as the author of Goodnight Moon. Garth Williams' illustrations of the bunny, baby robins, butterflies, and daffodils will surely put a smile on your face and get you into a springtime mood. Recommended for young readers ages 4-8.




Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

This is perhaps McCloskey's most famous book, and it's certainly one of my favorites. The story follows a family of ducks as they try to make a home for themselves in Boston. McCloskey's sepia-toned illustrations are sweet and humorous, and won him the Caldecott Medal in 1941. Fans of the book may want to take a trip to Boston to see the characters of Make Way for Ducklings sculpted in bronze in the Boston Public Garden! Recommended for young readers ages 4-8.




The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

A classic for over a century, The Tale of Peter Rabbit introduces us to naughty Peter, who gets into trouble stealing vegetables from old Mr. McGregor's garden. Potter's story and soft watercolor illustrations are just as enjoyable today as they were when the book was first published in 1902. If you'd like to read this story aloud on Easter but don't have time to hunt down a copy, you can find the entire illustrated text for free on Project Gutenberg. Recommended for young readers ages 4-8.