Easter is around the corner and I despise filling my kids up with candy for any holiday. Not because I’m healthy or anything but because I hate the clean up and am still finding wrappers from Halloween hidden in crevices all over my home. I’d much rather fill up their baskets with things they can keep, learn from and enjoy for as long as they don’t destroy it. Check out my 12 favorite Easter books for children;
1. Tale of Peter Rabbit Pop Up by Beatrix Potter
I’m pretty much a book nazi when it comes to classic books but have learned to let go just a little bit and allow them to play with them and with that comes destroying them. The Tale of Peter Rabbit Pop Up has taken a good beating from my kids and I couldn’t be happier about it.
2. God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren
It’s freezing, it’s Easter. Kind of like what we often go through here in the North East. Surprise! Surprise! Easter is a religious holiday! You may be surprised to know that it isn’t about egg hunts and chocolate bunnies from the dollar tree. My advice is to look through any religious books before purchasing or checking out of your local library. I mean, you should be looking through the book before them anyway but just in case you aren’t and happen to purchase a book for your kids where Jesus is bleeding and being nailed to the stake like I once may or may not have done, know that they will remember the meaning of Easter forever and ever.
3. The Story of Easter by Patricia A. Pingry
This is a great book, it’s small, it gets to the point and they have a whole line of holiday books that we own and enjoy. It’s also a board book which means it’s good for drooling, biting and weapons just in case you are caught in an uncompromising situation. Trust me, they hurt and I speak from a unfortunate experience and someone who has suffered from board book abuse. It hurts. Hurts real bad.
4. Bunny’s First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones
This is a new book and so sweet. It is an easy read and I’m sure a new classic that will be in homes and memories everywhere.
5 & 6. Berenstain Bears Easter Eggs & The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Are you really surprised that I included my favorite family in this round up? I mean, they can do no wrong. The Berenstain Bears book collections have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I love that they are also part of my children’s memories as well. These two Easter books are great but of course they are, it’s the Berenstain Bears.
7. Marshmallow by Clare Turlay Newberry
I hate rodents but I love Marshmallow! My favorite lesson from this book is how it teaches children how to deal with jealousy. Marshmallow moves into a cat’s home and let’s just say the cat is not very happy about it. This book can be a read all year round.
8. Fancy Nancy’s Elegant Easter by Jane O’Conner
What’s Easter without a good bonnet? Fancy Nancy always knows how to throw a party and This book is perfect for the fabulous child in your life and it comes with stickers. Stickers are basically crack for children.
9. Pinkalicious: Eggstraordinary Easter by Victoria Kahn
Pinkalicious is a strong willed girl who knows what she wants and frequently gets it. I love her strong personality and that is why we own almost all of the books in this collection. Pinkalicious = No fail
10. Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny by Tad Hills
No need to mistakenly skip pages with this one. This story is perfect for a bed time read because it isn’t too long and Duck and Goose are very pleasing to the eye. Plus, to add the cherry on top, it was written by New York Times Best Selling author, Tad Hills.
11. The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen
Finally! Some clarity! The story of the Easter Bunny is pretty self explanatory. You really feel for the guy in this story and see how hard he works to make Easter extra special for everyone.
12. Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny by Barbara Park
The day my girls stop enjoying Junie B. will be the day that the sun will stop shining for me. These books are very easy reads and perfect for Kindergarten and first graders. However, Junie B. is so entertaining that even my 8 year old still likes to see what new mischievous things Junie is up to.