Reading is so important to my family. Not just for my son to read, but for both mummy and daddy to read to him. We’ve found it such a fun way to interact with him since he was a newborn. Even before they can focus on the pictures, the sound of your voice and the rhythmic rhymes from children’s books are comforting. As they grow, having sets of themed Easter books that they can enjoy at certain times of the year can build excitement, offer familiarity and engage them with words and pictures. Easter books can also teach important themes and be an excellent gift as an alternative to an Easter Egg.
These easter books focus on the theme of life, spring and fun family traditions such as chocolate, eggs and bunnies. It’s suitable for ages 0 – 5, with mum and dad’s help along the way!
My 10 Best Easter Books for Ages 0 – 5
The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a well loved children’s classic that needs no introduction. The original book can lead to a love of these characters that spans many books, DVDs, activities, games and more – all of which are suitable for Easter or any time of the year. I used to fall asleep to the taped cassette version of the original in the 80s and Beatrix Potter has been delighting children for over 100 years. Whilst it’s not specifically Easter themed, the main character being a bunny rabbit and the theme of spring makes it ideal for this time of year and I couldn’t pass up a recommendation.
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
Available in paperback or board book for younger children, The Odd Egg tells a tale of a duck who wants to fit in and lay eggs like the other birds. Instead, duck finds a very unusual egg and decides to hatch it. With rhymes and lively illustrations, we explore the progression of the egg to reveal what’s inside!
Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory by Elys Dolan
A relatively new addition to children’s reading libraries, Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory was released in 2017. I think this makes an excellent addition to the Easter Books list as chocolate and bunny rabbits are two big Easter themes. This picture book has themes that will appeal to those closer to the 3 to 5 year age range. It is incredibly funny and goes behind the scenes at a factory where chickens lay chocolate eggs for their rabbit boss. It has some important societal messages to impart about slavery and working conditions that older children might understand, but in a very funny, bright and accessible way for everyone.
The First Egg Hunt by Adam and Charlotte Guillain
Adam and Charlotte Guillain are the best selling authors of a massive array of children’s picture books, including the George’s Adventure series. Brand new for 2018 is The First Egg Hunt, in which chick hatches a cunning plan to finally get credit for the eggs instead of the Easter Bunny. This will be loved by all children and is perfect for the Easter books reading list.
We’re Going on an Egg Hunt by Laura Hughes
Based off the traditional rhyming book We’re going on a lion hunt, We’re going on an Egg Hunt is a cute take on Easter Egg hunting with cute illustrations and easy rhymes that little ones can memorize and sing along. It has interactive flaps and some surprises in store!
Animal Seasons: Rabbit’s Spring Adventure by Anita Loughrey
I think that spring should be a theme that integrates with Easter and Rabbit’s Spring Adventure is a delightful children’s book that’s part of the animal seasons set. Rabbit leaves his warren to find that spring has arrived. In his excitement at the new life, bright flowers and things to explore he gets lost. Will he find his way home? If this is enjoyed I’d recommend getting the other books in the set which are all illustrated beautifully and can get children excited in the passing of the seasons and instigate a conversation about different times of year and why it changes. They include Owl’s Winter Rescue, Squirrel’s Autumn Search and Mouse’s Summer Muddle.
That’s not my chick… by Fiona Watt
That’s not my chick… is part of the Usborne touchy-feely books and is ideal for younger children. I’ve been reading these books from birth, they’re bright, colourful and very simple to follow. The “That’s not my…” series presents an animal or object but something is wrong. This engages children to think what’s out of place about it and what needs to change, until we finally get the solution and find the right chick! There are a couple of books in this series that would be perfect for a spring and Easter theme in addition to That’s not my chick… such as That’s not my bunny… and That’s not my lamb…
Llama Llama Easter Egg by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama Easter Egg is a fun addition to the very popular Llama Llama series. We discover what the Easter Bunny has brought for Llama, with rhyming text and of course, a surprise at the end! Simple to follow, educational and engaging, this is a board book that would be suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
The Rhyming Rabbit by Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson (author of Stick Man and The Gruffalo along with many other children’s classics) brings us The Rhyming Rabbit. Rabbit’s poems aren’t appreciated by the other animals and he feels left out and misunderstood, but soon he finds a friend who enjoys the same things as him! This is a sweet book that can teach children something about fitting in and making friends, but the theme of a rabbit and woodland animals is very suitable for spring and Easter.
Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by James Dean
Pete the Cat is a popular children’s character with a wide range of books on the slightly older end of the reading scale here, I’d say 4-5 and onwards. In the Big Easter Adventure, Pete has to help the Easter Bunny with a crisis, and of course we’ll help him too! These interactive books are tons of fun and comes with a poster, cards and stickers. This is also available as an audiobook.
This concludes my round up of my top ten Easter Books for babies, infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. I hope you’ve found something useful to read with your children!