9 Children’s Books to Read Year Round

Here are our favorite children’s books to read year round! Exposing children to both fiction and nonfiction stories about the year can help them develop an understanding of days, weeks, months, and seasons!

9 Children's Books You Can Read Year Round! ~ Buggy and Buddy

With the start of a new year, I’d love to share our  books that we have by our nature table and seasonal book area all year. They each present the year in a different way~ through nature, farm life, poetry or silly rhymes.

At the start of a new season, not only do we exchange our seasonal books, but we also read the poems and pages about the newest season from some of the books in this collection.  And at the beginning of a new month, we’ll read poems having to do with the current month from many of these books! We just love reading these over and over throughout the year!  (This post contains affiliate links. Thank you so very much for your support!)


9 Children’s Books to Read Year Round

The Year At Maple Hill Farm by Alice & Martin Provensen

This is one of my favorite books! I love how it goes through the seasons and months and how the seasonal changes affect animals and life on a farm.  (They also have Our Animal Friends At Maple Hill Farm which  is equally wonderful).


Around the Year: A Picture Book by Elsa Beskow

This little book is filled with cute little poems about each month of the year. I adore the illustrations!



Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak

Here’s a fun little book which we love reading together~ lots of rhyming! Lucy and Theo always chime in at the end of each page when we read the chicken soup with rice verses.


Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

Old Bear

 In this story Old Bear is asleep for winter, but dreaming of all the special things in each season. He finally awakens to a beautiful spring day! This book is perfect for illustrating the circle of seasons to young children.


The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons

The Seasons

 Through the eyes of a little boy children are shown the changes of an apple tree through the seasons. Another wonderful book for showing the changes throughout the seasons!


A Child’s Calendar by John Updike

A Child's Calendar

 It’s always important to expose children to various genres of writing. This is a great book full of poetry! Each poem is  dedicated to a month of the year. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! 


A Busy Year by Leo Lionni

A Busy Year

 We LOVE Leo Lionni books! (Swimmy and A Color of His Own are two of our favorites.) This story shows the changes of a tree through the seasons with two cute little mice as the main characters!


Once Around the Sun by Bobbi Katz

Once Around the Sun

Here’s another book of poetry! The poems reflect special things to children for each month of the year. I find Lucy really relates to many of the verses.


Long Night Moon by Cynthia Rylant

Long Night Moon Here’s a book by another one of our favorite authors, Cynthia Rylant. (Have you read The Relatives Came or any of the Henry and Mudge books? Those are all by her as well!)  This book is based on an old Native American tradition of naming each full moon. My absolute favorite things about this book are the illustrations. I find myself just staring at them over and over. Just beautiful!


I know there must be more great books about the year out there. I would love to hear your favorites! 

Be sure not to miss these posts:
1. Our Favorite Children’s Books about Winter
2. Fall Nature Table
3. The Importance of Monthly Calendars for Kids


  1. Oh, I love all of these books so much! I love all of Beskow’s books, too. Thanks for linking up to The Children’s Bookshelf.

  2. We have the Maple Hill Farm books…I need to get those off the shelf and read them again!

  3. Chicken Soup with Rice has been a favorite of mine for years! I’d love for you link up with my Cozy Book Hop sometime


  4. I’ve never heard of these. I’ll have to check them out! Thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday.

  5. Oh my gosh, I have such great memories of staging Chicken Soup with Rice from Really Rosie as a kid!

  6. Thanks for the introduction to some new books. Always looking for good books to enjoy with my kindergarten kids.

  7. We love Little House Hotel year round. This is a great list.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!


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