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Kids’ Easter Books & More Spring Picks

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: March 26, 2010

The following books have been carefully selected to honor modern-day Easter celebrations—Easter eggs, Easter egg hunts, bunnies, and chocolate—and the fruitful season of spring. I’ve included a short description of each book and highlighted the “Easter-ish” themes you’ll discover. I am positive you’ll find a book to adore and place in your snuggle-bunny’s Easter basket!

 Here Comes Easter!

by Caroline Jayne Church

Reading level: Ages 0-3

Board book: 14 pages

Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Brdbk edition (February 1, 2010)

Source of book: Publisher

Easter themes: Easter egg hunt, Bunny

A little bit of counting is mixed in with a fun hunt for some Easter eggs. The rhyming is sweet and makes for easy listening. The touch-and-feel illustrations and the surprise lift-the-flap at the end will certainly entertain baby!

Add this book to your collection: Here Comes Easter!

You may also like: That’s Not My Bunny by Fiona Watt

Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...) Happy Easter, Mouse!

by Laura Numeroff (Author), Felicia Bond (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 1-4

Board book: 24 pages

Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Brdbk edition (January 26, 2010)

Source of book: Publisher

Easter themes: Bunny, Easter eggs

This is a board book for the youngest of the young. Mouse is on the hunt to find out who has left all of the Easter eggs in his house. Each page plays host to a set of different color eggs. A simple and sweet  introduction to Easter egg hunts.

Add this book to your collection: Happy Easter, Mouse!

You may also like: Mouse Cookies & More: A Treasury by Laura Numeroff

My Garden My Garden

by Kevin Henkes

Reading level: Ages 2-7

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 edition (February 23, 2010)

Source of book: Publisher

Easter theme: Chocolate bunnies

Oh, how I love Kevin Henkes. He can take the most simplest plot and turn it into a dignified piece of art. As a girl becomes lost in her own imagination while gardening with her mother, she creates the most wondrous garden—chocolate bunnies and all. The illustrations create a marvelous spring atmosphere. Highly recommended!

Add this book to your collection: My Garden

You may also like Kevin Henkes’: Kitten’s First Full Moon, Old Bear, and A Good Day

Easter Babies: A Springtime Counting Book Easter Babies: A Springtime Counting Book

by Joy N. Hulme (Author), Dan Andreasen (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 3-7

Hardcover: 24 pages

Publisher: Sterling (February 2, 2010)

Source of book: Publisher

Easter themes: Easter egg hunt, Spring animal babies, Church bells

The rhyming text is a sweet-sounding expression of spring, and celebrates the new life that comes with this harmonious season. Dan Andreasen’s tender illustrations, created using digital art and traditional oil paint, are sensational—in fact, they’re the cat’s meow. Love this book!

Add this book to your collection: Easter Babies: A Springtime Counting Book

Here Comes T. Rex Cottontail Here Comes T. Rex Cottontail

by Lois G. Grambling (Author), Jack E. Davis (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 3-6

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)

Source of book: Publisher

Easter themes: Easter egg hunt

Have you ever seen a T.Rex dressed as a bunny? It’s really quite funny—especially to a bunch of 4-year-olds. The Easter Bunny is sick and T.Rex steps-in to deliver the Easter Eggs. The text is engaging and wittingly complimented by playful illustrations.

Add this book to your collection: Here Comes T. Rex Cottontail

Bunny's Easter Egg Bunny’s Easter Egg

by Anne Mortimer

Reading level: Ages 4-7

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (January 26, 2010)

Source of book: Publisher

Easter theme: Bunny, Egg hunt

For those of you who love a good Easter egg hunt, you will most likely enjoy this endearing play by-play of how one adorably illustrated bunny finds a nice place to rest after hiding all of the eggs for a hunt. Bunny’s Easter Egg is full of wonderful sounds and repetitive verse, making it a lovely read-aloud that’s easy on the eyes.

Add this book to your collection: Bunny’s Easter Egg

The Best Easter Prize The Best Easter Prize

by Kristina Evans Collier (Author), John Wallace (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Cartwheel Books (February 1, 2010)

Source of book: Publisher

Easter themes: Church (Easter service), Easter egg hunt

Okay, so this book is a little cheesy, but I happen to really like cheese. It’s a lovely story about patience and sharing and the ups-and-downs of an Easter egg hunt—a great message delivered clearly. Whether you are a church goer or not, this is a must for all kids that will be participating in an Easter egg hunt.

Add this book to your collection: The Best Easter Prize

A Very Big Bunny A Very Big Bunny

by Marisabina Russo

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)

Source of book: Publisher

Easter theme: Bunny

Nobody likes to feel different, but we all are. A big bunny and a small bunny find an unlikely friendship based on their differences—and it turns out that it may actually be quite fun to be individual. The illustrations are rendered in gouache and add a little extra zest to this well-written, sensitive topic.

Add this book to your collection: A Very Big Bunny

You may also like: The Bunnies Are Not In Their Beds by Marisabina Russo

Calendar Mysteries #4: April Adventure (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) Calendar Mysteries #4: April Adventure

by Ron Roy

Reading level: Ages 6-9

Paperback: 80 pages

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (February 9, 2010)

Source of book: Publisher

Easter themes: Easter egg hunt

A mystery unravels as the children try to track down some golden eggs that missing have gone from their Easter egg hunt. This is such a fantastic series that can be enjoyed by the whole family or newly-independent readers.

Add this book to your collection: Calendar Mysteries #4: April Adventure

Older Readers may also like: A-Z Mysteries by Ron Roy

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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  • Thanks for the reviews. I would say that I’m more attracted by the Best Easter Prize book but all look quite interesting!

    March 19, 2010
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