Want to teach and discuss winter, spring, summer and fall with your child? Discover the top children’s books about seasons of the year to read.
Some winters in Los Angeles can still reach a high of 82 degrees—not exactly your typical winter season. Though I can’t complain about the warm weather too much, I do envy other parts of the country that get to enjoy the four seasons. Where you can actually see the distinct transitions from one season to the next.
As such, my kids don’t always get to experience the typical seasons everyone else does. “I wish it would snow!” they’ll often say around winter, or “Why don’t the trees change colors?” around fall.
And so, for us, our version of the seasons relies heavily on books. We’ll occasionally see a tree with orange foliage falling to the ground, but our seasons are pretty limited and don’t vary too much.
We read children’s books about seasons to learn the importance and wonder of the changing year. That the cycle of a tree’s life or the migration and habits of animals and people are seasonal.
With a mix of both fiction and non-fiction, these children’s books about seasons and weather talk about the changes in nature.
Some focus on trees, especially since they change so much in a given year. Others describe the lives of animals and how their lives are affected by the seasons.
And still the others dive deep into the traditions we typically celebrate during the seasons, as well as the science behind why we even see these changes in the first place.
I hope you and your kids will enjoy these selections. They’re relevant year-round and work wonderfully no matter the time of the year.
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Children’s books about seasons of the year
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A musical book about a little girl who travels through all four seasons in one day.
Learn about the forest inhabitants of a tree as they go through a season of the year.
A photographic picture book to share the changes of the seasons.
Each season reveals delightful surprises as a family builds their home in the woods.
Learn how the sun affects life on the earth and affects the seasons of the year.
Learn what happens with these animals on a typical farm throughout the year.
Go on an adventure with a young boy and his special apple tree.
A beautiful book describing the colors of the seasons. (Check out these children’s books about colors.)
Read along about how nature—the wind, the seasons—never stops, and continues onward.
Follow the curious kitten as he greets each season and its colors.
Be enthralled by the beautiful paintings of a singe tree and its changes throughout the year.
There’s something to celebrate every month of the year in this treasured book!
Follow a rabbit and its different adaptations and migrations throughout the year.
This was one of the first books I bought my eldest (before he was even born). It’s a lovely book that shares the traditions and customs of the seasons.
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