20 Spring Books and Read Alouds for First Grade

Finding new read alouds and books to share with my first graders is one of my favorite things to do!

Have you ever noticed how incredible it is to find another person who has read the same book as you.

I'll be scrolling through instagram and see that another teacher read they same book for me and i'm like… are we friends? It feels like we should be friends.

I mean, the connection is instant and I don't know anything about that person. (Other than they have great taste in books, obviously!) The same can be said for students. When they see a book, they often exclaim (quite loudly) “Hey! I've read that book before!”.

It really is a joyous thing to experience. With that being said, I couldn't wait to share my favorite Spring Holiday Read Alouds with you!

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20 Spring Read Alouds and Books for First Grade

Classic Winter Read Alouds and Books

  1. The Rain Came Down by David Shannon. Shop here
  2. Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant. Shop here
  3. Mr. Putter and Tabby by Cynthia Rylant. Shop here.
  4. Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. Shop here.
  5. Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens. Shop here.
  6. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. Shop here.
  7. And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano. Shop here.
  8. From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons. Shop here. 

Newer Winter Books and Read Alouds

  1. Spring is Here by Kevin Henkes. Shop here. 
  2. Worm Weather by Jean Taft. Shop here.
  3. The Great Garden Escape by Erica L. Clymer. Shop here.
  4. Spring is Here: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand. Shop here.
  5.  The Donkey Egg by Janet Stevens (sequel to Tops and Bottoms). Shop here. 
  6. Seeds and Trees (a book about the power of words) by Brandon Walden. Shop here.
  7. The Hike by Allison Farrell. Shop here.
  8. Scribble Stones by Diane Alber. Shop here.
  9. Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman. Shop here. 
  10. Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson. Shop here. 
  11. Spring Stinks by Ryan T. Higgins. Shop here.
  12. Singing in the Rain by Tim Hopgood. Shop here.

Spring Book Studies for First Grade

If you are looking for something with more instructional components rather than a simple read aloud, let me introduce you to book studies. 

Book studies are beneficial for first grade students for several reasons: 

  • They allow you to do a deep dive into a book and use one book throughout the week and cover several different reading comprehension strategies such as retell, problem and solution or even comparing and describing characters. 
  • You could also use several different books to teach a comprehension strategy to mastery. For instance, if you wanted to focus on Story Retell, you could read a different Spring themed book a day and complete the same retell activity with each book so that students get plenty of practice with that skill. 

You can find some of my favorite book studies for Spring HERE:

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Kristen Sullins

Kristen Sullins

I am a current Elementary Librarian and
Enrichment Teacher, mother of two, follower of Christ and Texas native. In my own classroom, I love to save time by finding unique ways to integrate writing, social studies and science into all parts of my day. I also love all things organization!