Depending upon how aware he is and where you live, your preschooler may notice changes throughout the year -- weather, decorations, holidays celebrated, etc. These changes of course, are due to seasons
, a somewhat difficult concept for young children to understand. A great way to teach your little one this important lesson (and anything may need to learn more about) is by reading books. These books about the seasons use words and illustrations to demonstrate the natural change that happens every year.
Enchanted Lion Press
Using the same terrain four times--one for each season, Seasons
by Blexbolex demonstrates the changing seasons with various items and activities, such as a butterfly emerging from a cocoon and rain changing to snow. Blexbolex is an incredibly talented printmaker, and his art is on full display in this work that will appeal not only to preschoolers, but grown-ups too.
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons
by Il Sung Na takes readers on a journey throughout the year, using simple word and gorgeous illustrations. The story focuses on animals and what they do to cope with the changing seasons. Not only do kids get to see the seasons change before their eyes, they learn about science concepts like hibernation and migration.
by Elisha Cooper details life on a farm throughout the year, from the harvest of fall to the new growth of spring. With beautiful, full-color illustrations, Farm
is a book that your preschooler will really take something from -- there is a lot to look at and learn about. This book also explains (simply) how a farm works, something that might inspire your family to take a trip and check it out first-hand.
National Geographic Books for Kids
Beautiful photographs are the hallmark of a A Tree For All Seasons
by Robin Bernard. The book focuses on a tree and how it changes -- in the summer it is surrounded by animals, in the winter a lack of activity is the focus. The text doesn't just explain what is going on, but also details interesting information about trees that your can-get-enough-facts preschooler will be sure to eat up.
Trees are a wonderful indicator of the season, as depicted in The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree
by Gail Gibbons. The story follows a young boy and his apple tree and the changes it goes through throughout the year. From making a snowman in front of the beloved tree to making an apple pie
(recipe included), this sweet book uses words and illustrations to teach this important lesson.
There's just one word per page in The Weather / El tiempo
, a bilingual book by Gladys Rosa-Mendoza, edited by Carolina Cifuentes, and illustrated by C.D. Hullinger, but that is all your preschooler will need to learn all about the different weather in the different seasons in both English and Spanish. The illustrations are appealing, featuring young children at play in all sorts of weather, giving readers someone to relate to ("I like to splash in the rain too!").
In Four Seasons Make a Year
by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Megan Halsey, preschoolers learn about life on a farm as it follows a young girl who plants a sunflower seed in the spring. As the days grow warmer, we watch the seed grow into a flower. Weaved into the tale are details about what the girl does in the different seasons -- swims in the pond in the summer and feeds the birds seeds in the fall.