Easter is quickly approaching and our family is feeling very ready for it! Below are our favorite picture books for anticipating and celebrating Easter.
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–Turkey’s Eggcellent Easter by Wendi Silvano: My kids and I were so excited to have this one release this year since we have had a lot of fun with the previous holiday books about Turkey and his friends. It isn’t necessary to read the previous books to understand this one though. Turkey wants to join in the egg hunt to get some candy for himself and the other farm animals and he has to keep coming up with new disguises to try to blend in.
–We’re Going on an Egg Hunt by Laura Hughes: My kids LOVE this one and my 3 year old is especially obsessed. It follows the style of “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” and has flaps to lift along the way to find the hidden eggs. The illustrations are really beautiful as well! It’s available as a hardback book or as a padded board book.
–The Tale of the Three Trees retold by Angela Elwell Hunt: This is my favorite Christian Easter picture book. I grew up reading it and now I get to share it with my own kids! My parents actually kept it with our Christmas books, but it’s great for Christmas, Easter, or any time of year! It tells the story of three trees who have big dreams for how they want their wood to be used. Things don’t go quite as they had planned, but they end up having an even greater purpose as they become part of the Easter story
–Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood: This one makes for a fun read aloud and I’ve used it for a couple different Easter storytimes. Cat wants to take over the Easter Bunny’s job, but it turns out to be a lot of work and so he comes up with a new plan. The format of the story where the reader is talking with Cat makes for an entertaining story.
–It’s Easter Chloe Zoe by Jane Smith: There is big Easter egg hunt happening and Chloe Zoe really wants to find the special golden egg that has been hidden. When her friend finds it instead she has to figure out how to deal with her emotions.
–The Easter Egg by Jan Brett: This one has all the intricate illustrations the author is know for as well as a sweet story. All the bunnies are trying to make the most beautiful egg so they can earn the privilege of helping the Easter Rabbit deliver his eggs. Hoppi is having a hard time coming up with a beautiful egg to create when he comes across a robin’s egg that has fallen out of the nest. He stays and keeps the egg safe and warm even though it means missing the competition.
–The Littlest Bunny in… series by Lily Jacobs: There is a book written for each state and even some cities. You can read about the Easter Bunny flying over familiar sites as he hides eggs and eventually makes it to your house.
-Short, simple board books for the youngest readers: Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs? by Karen Katz (sweet lift the flap book), Hop! Hop! by Leslie Patricelli (my kids love all the board books about this baby!), An Easter Prayer by Amy Parker (a sweet touch and feel book with light Christian themes)