4 Kids books to breathe new life into spring

Got a little bookworm eager to celebrate spring? There are plenty of books available with nature-oriented themes.

These four spring reads topped our list because they not only encourage your kids to get outside and enjoy life, but they are hugely entertaining, inspiring and refreshing.

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By Barbara Taylor, illustrated by Carnovsky

Journey through the undergrowth with your magic three-colour lens. Discover more than 180 mini beasts from every continent, under the sea and even from prehistoric times. With your lens in hand, you’ll learn about mini beast habitats, and the impressive insects and other creepy crawlies that scuttle and wriggle around the world.

For ages 5–10.


The Very Hard Book

By Idan Ben-Barak, illustrated by Philip Bunting

This book asks you to do some things. They are very hard things to do, but they are fun. And they are silly. And they might show you how to think about thinking.

The brainchild of esteemed science writer Idan Ben-Barak, The Very Hard Book is an adorable gateway to metacognition and the philosophy of mind. Metacognition is the act of thinking about thinking and forms the basis of all critical thought.

The Very Hard Book starts that ‘thinking’ journey and has a great deal of fun in the process.

For ages 4–10.


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The House on Pleasant Street

By Sofie Laguna, illustrated by Marc McBride

A spooky, exuberantly funny and hugely entertaining book about a boy who is having trouble making friends in his new neighbourhood. Alby and his family are new on Pleasant Street.

Their house is perfect, with a great tree to climb, and a pool. Their pet, Delia, is still in training, but she’s settling in just fine. And tonight is Halloween — Alby’s favourite night of the year — so anything could happen.

A hilarious story about family and friendship, and what happens when trick-or-treating doesn’t go to plan.

For ages 4–7.


Where’s Frida Kahlo?

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By Ingela Arrhenius

Where’s Frida Kahlo is another title from the award-winning Felt Flap series. Each title has five spreads with friendly characters to find behind colourful felt flaps.

In Where’s Frida Kahlo? you’re on the lookout for Pablo Picasso, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo herself! Lift the final flap and there’s a surprise mirror — perfect for babies and toddlers.

This beautiful book is tough enough to withstand even the most enthusiastic of young readers. The felt flaps are perfect for little ones to turn and tug, which means you can get even the tiniest tot enjoying the activities and finding books fun.

For ages 1–4.

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After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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