As the world awakens from winter’s slumber, the pages of great books can transport young readers on a journey of discovery. From the cozy comforts of the colder months to the rejuvenating energy of spring, literature has the power to expand horizons, cultivate empathy, and nurture the imagination.

With so many wonderful options to choose from, it can be a challenge for educators and parents to select the perfect read-aloud books for their little learners. To help guide you on this literary adventure, we’ve curated a collection of springtime stories that are sure to delight and inspire.

Pre-Kindergarten (Level PR)

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All About Weather by Huda Harajli

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The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) by Philemon Sturges


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When We Are Kind / Nihá’ádaahwiinít’íigo by Monique Gray Smith

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Marvelous Me: Inside and Out by Lisa Marie Bullard

More great read aloud books for pre-kindergarten:

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems

Olivia by Ian Falconer

I Am the Storm by Jane Yolen

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni




I Got the School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison

National Geographic Kids: Weather by Kristin Baird Rattini

Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

Kindergarten (Level A)

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The Busy Beaver by Nicholas Oldland

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Are Trees Alive? by Debbie Miller


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How A Seed Grows by Helene Jordan

More great read aloud books for kindergarten:

Olivia and the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer

Our Favorite Day of the Year by A.E. Ali

I Promise by Lebron James

Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer

Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion by Mo Willems

A Weekend with Wendell by Kevin Henkes


Ruby Finds A Worry by Tom Percival

I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

‘Ohana Means Family by Illima Loomis

Fancy Party Gowns by Deborah Blumenthal

Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer

Jamaica Tag-Along by Juanita Havill

First Grade (Level B)

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Bugs for Lunch by Margery Facklam

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My Best Friend By Mary Ann Rodman


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The Dandelion Seed by Mary Murphy

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I Believe I Can by Grace Byers

More great read-aloud books for first grade:

What I Like Most by Mary Murphy

Roller Coaster! by Marla Frazee

Speak Up by Miranda Paul

Grandmother School by Rina Singh

Jamaica’s Blue Marker by Juanita Havill

I’ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm



Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer

Pet Show by Ezra Jack Keats

The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Bigmama’s by Donald Crews

Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi

Second Grade (Level C)

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We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

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Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes


The Power of One

The Power of One: Every Act of Kindness Counts by Trudy Ludwig and Mike Curato


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Koala Lou by Mem Fox

More great read aloud books for second grade:

A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats

Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built By Angela Burke Kunkel

What If You Had Animal Eyes? By Sandra Markle

A Story About Afiya by James Berry

The Animal Book by David Burnie



Do Like Kyla by Anglea Johnson

Stone Soup by Jon J Muth

Shortcut by Donald Crews

The Two of Them by Aliki

Saturdays and Teacakes by Lester Laminack

Third Grade (Level D)

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H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination by Christopher Myers


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The Girl Who Thought in Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca


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A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

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Get Set! Swim! by Jeannine Atkins

More great read aloud books for third grade:

Circle Unbroken​ by Margot Theis

How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion by Ashima Shiraishi

First Big Book of Space by Catherine Hughes

My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother by Patricia Polacco

A Journey Toward Hope by Victor Hinojosa & Coert Voorhees




The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill

My First Book of Planets by Bruce Betts

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard

Crab Moon By Ruth Horowitz

Strong to the Hoop By John Coy

We strongly encourage using the wonderful (and free) resources of your local library.

Please enjoy the additional celebratory book lists that we’ve created.
Black History Month
Native American Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month

If you’re looking for a read-aloud list, we have a past version from 2022.
Read Aloud Book List