Easter is around the corner. We can start thinking about Cadbury eggs, Peeps, biting off the ear of a milk chocolate bunny, and trying not to eat another Whoppers Robin Egg! We can also pull the Easter books out of our library and start getting the kids excited and informed.
If you need more Easter books in the holiday section of your library, I’d like to recommend you consider adding these. The books I chose to share with you are timeless. I plan to read them to my grandchildren someday.
Of course, these books would be great in an Easter basket, but why not read them in the days leading up to Easter. That way, children will have a better understanding as to why they celebrate Easter in the first place.
10 Best Easter Books Your Kids Will Ask For Again and Again
The Story of Easter by Patricia A. Pingry
I like this Easter book because it is told in simple enough form for a preschooler and toddler to understand. After 2 or 3 reads, kids will be able to tell the story themselves. The book includes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem through the crucifixion and the resurrection. This Easter book contains the traditional form of the Easter story. Ages 2-5.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
This famous tale gives the adventures of Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Not only is this a story that holds children’s attention, but there are plenty of lessons to discuss during and after reading the book.
I share our 3 favorite versions of this tale. The board book is best for toddlers, and the storybook is best for preschool and up. I just bought the newest book (3rd down) because of all the rave about the movie. The illustrations in this book are magnificent.
Here Comes Peter Cottontail by Steve Nelson
I choose to share this Easter book with my kids because we sing love to sing Here Comes Peter Cottontail. This book sings the song when you press the button. The book is very simple, and the illustrations go well with the words. The kids will know the words to the song by the time Easter arrives. I would recommend this book for ages 1-7.
The Biggest Easter Basket Ever by Steven Kroll
Mouseville is going to have an Easter celebration on the village green, and it’s going to include the biggest Easter Basket contest. Town mouse, Clayton and country mouse, Desmond teach the benefits of collaboration in order to try to win the prize. The artwork in this book is amazing! Ages 2-8
The Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Egg by Stan Berenstain
If your children like the Berenstain Bears this Easter books is great to own! The Real Easter Eggs (non-religious) story is centered around the egg hunting of Easter, guilt-free, it’s ok to include hunting eggs at Easter.
The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown
This book really holds the kids’ attention every time. This is a classic book that’s been redone.
This much-loved book is about a lonely rabbit who is super curious about what is inside of an egg. The book takes you on his impatient wait to find out what is inside. Turns out, it’s a duck! Happily ever after ending.
The Berenstain Bears Easter Sunday by Mike Berenstain
This Easter book uses the church play to tell the story of Easter. Easter Sunday gives a good description of the Christian reason we celebrate Easter. It does a very good job of giving a kid-friendly version of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. This book uses the church play to tell the story. All of the Berenstain Bears Easter books are worth reading.
Best Easter Egg Hunt Ever! by Dawn Casey
It’s Easter Sunday and a little bunny wants to find a special egg. He looks everywhere but can’t seem to find one. Everyone else seems to find one but him. Finally, he finds an egg, but it is only a warm, white egg. He stays near the egg, and much to his delight, the egg turns out to be a special one! This Easter book is for children who love surprise endings.
Turkey’s Eggcellent Easter by Wendi Silvano
Turkey sees a sign advertising an egg hunt. The only problem is that the hunt is for kids only. Turkey and his farm friends try to figure out how they can get turkey into the egg hunt. This Easter book has great illustrations, and it shows that with determination and collaboration anything is possible. If your child likes silly Easter books, this is the Easter book for ya’ll.
Jesus Rose for Me: The True Story Easter by Jared Kennedy
If you are someone who likes books sticking exactly to the Bible wording, this is the Easter book for you. This book gives the portrayal of the gospel straight from scriptures. Children will learn the meaning of communion, sacrament, and the Last Supper. I like that the book includes questions throughout for parent-child discussion. The book consists of four “chapters” Christ’s Triumphant Entry, Jesus’s Last Supper, Jesus Died For Us, and Jesus lives. Kennedy does a great job making this understandable for young children.
Call to Action
It is important to add books to your collection that you will be able to read for years to come. I encourage you to start your holiday library now.
I hope you and your family have a wonderfully blessed Easter holiday, and I hope you enjoy reading Easter books. I encourage you to keep being intentional about what you read to your child. You’re doing a great job raising readers.
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