Easter is less than two weeks away and we are not at all ready! Yikes! We had a terrible cold for two weeks so did not get a thing done the last two weeks, plus the week before that, we sold our house and our moving next month! Nonetheless, Easter will happen here, albeit in a more subdued tone than in years past. The first thing we did to get in the mood for Easter, once we were feeling somewhat better, was to start reading some Easter books. We found some new favorites, plus had our basket of oldies, but goodies. This is our updated list of our favorite Easter books, all of which are secular.
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes – The busy mother of 21 babies is chosen by Old Grandfather Bunny to be his fifth Easter rabbit but is injured while delivering a special egg to a very sick child. Through its timeless tale of perseverance, kindness, and courage The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, first published 61 years ago, continues to touch readers of all ages today. Marjorie Flack’s expressive illustrations are a lovely accompaniment to DuBose Heyward’s classic text.
Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny! – Duck & Goose are back! New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tad Hills brings our favorite feathered friends out to celebrate spring in this sturdy board book. Duck & Goose have lots of ideas about how to find the Easter Bunny, but will they succeed?
The Easter Bunny’s Assistant – Who knew the Easter Bunny had an assistant? Well, in this picture book, he does, and he is a skunk. When the Easter Bunny sets out to teach Skunk the ways of Easter egg dyeing, in five simple steps, they immediately run into problems. Skunk gets so excited by step 1—hard-boiling the eggs—that he emits an odor. It is not a small odor either.
The Easter Chick – Hilda the hen fusses lovingly over her beautiful egg. But weeks go by and her baby still doesn’t hatch. Then one day, a tiny voice coming from inside the egg asks, “Mother, when is Easter?” Hilda doesn’t know for sure. But Hilda’s little chick wants to hatch on Easter Sunday, so Hilda makes it her mission to find the answer. A doting mother and her determined baby – with some advice from a wise owl – create an Easter dream come true in this delightful holiday story. Adding to the fun is an Easter bunny hunt, with rabbits hidden in many of the pictures for sharp-eyed youngsters to find.
The Easter Egg – In this charmingly illustrated tale, a lovable bunny becomes a hero when he keeps a robin’s egg safe and warm until the baby bird hatches. As the story unfolds, a wealth of winsome forest animals, decorated eggs and springtime flora keep little readers engaged until the tale ends.
The Egg Tree – One Easter morning, Katy and Carl went on an egg hunt through Grandmom’s house. Katy couldn’t find anything until she went up to the attic. And there she discovered a very special set of eggs… Grandmom had painted them when she was a little girl. And now, she hung them from the branches of a tiny tree — an Egg Tree! So began a very special Easter tradition.
The Golden Egg – Little Duck is hunting for a very special Easter egg. She searches high and low with the help of her forest friends, but where will they find the golden egg? Children will be delighted by this fun Easter egg hunt as they discover colorful foil-stamped surprises hidden under gatefold flaps on each page. Accompanied by beautiful watercolor illustrations, this simple rhyming story and hide-and-seek game is the perfect addition to any Easter basket.
The Golden Egg Book – Once there was a little bunny. He was all alone. One day he found an egg. He could hear something moving inside the egg. What was it? So begins the Golden Easter classic about a bunny—and a little duck that is about to hatch!
Goran’s Great Escape – It’s a beautiful, sunny Easter Sunday in Sweden. The farmer and his family are having breakfast before going to church and the farm workers are going about their daily chores. But Goran the bull is angry. He breaks loose from his stall, and charges down the barn and out into the yard. People gather from miles around to see the raging bull. But who will dare to cross Goran’s path? Will he stay angry forever? Karl, a seven-year-old farm boy, has a plan. Can a very small boy tame a very big bull? A delightful story by acclaimed author Astrid Lindgren. The exquisitely detailed illustrations of wooden houses, farming families in their Sunday best and groves of white birch trees give a vivid sense of springtime on a Swedish farm of long ago.
Happy Easter, Mouse! – Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he tries to figure out who’s leaving Easter eggs all over his house!
Here Comes the Easter Cat – Why should the Easter Bunny get all the love? That’s what Cat would like to know. So he decides to take over: He dons his sparkly suit, jumps on his Harley, and roars off into the night. But it turns out delivering Easter eggs is hard work. And it doesn’t leave much time for naps (of which Cat has taken five–no, seven). So when a pooped-out Easter Bunny shows up, and with a treat for Cat, what will Cat do? His surprise solution will be stylish, smart, and even–yes–kind.
The Itsy Bitsy Bunny – A fun and playful holiday twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes this favorite nursery rhyme perfect for Easter!
The itsy bitsy bunny was hopping up the trail
Down fell the baskets past his tiny tail
Out came his friends to help him on his way.
For the itsy bitsy bunny was planning Easter day.
This Itsy Bitsy Bunny must hop at top speed so he can get all of his eggs hidden in time for the big holiday! Little ones will love this fresh springtime spin on a classic nursery rhyme.
Looking for Easter Little Bunny can sense something new in the air, and it smells like sunshine and warm breezes. “It smells like Easter!” his friends tell him. But Little Bunny wonders: what is Easter? So he sets out through the forest on an early spring day to find out. (religious note – one illustration does show three crosses in the background)
Marshmallow A bunny’s a delightful habit, No home’s complete without a rabbit. Oliver is a tabby cat who is always the center of attention. Marshmallow is a baby rabbit who moves into Oliver’s home. At first Oliver does not welcome Marshmallow, but the little bunny’s charms are impossible to resist. This is the true story of how Oliver and Marshmallow become friends.
My First Easter – The importance of family and sharing are beautifully shown in this board book all about Easter celebrations. Tomie dePaola’s bright illustrations and easy-to-follow text explain the traditions associated with this special holiday.
The Night Before Easter – “Twas the night before Easter, just before dawn, Not a creature was stirring out on the lawn.” The Easter bunny takes center stage in this delightful spin on a beloved poem that will send families hopping to the bookstore for an Easter treat sweeter than any sugar plum!
Owen’s Marshmallow Chick – Owen adores Easter. Life doesn’t get much better than a basket full of jelly beans (“My favorite”), gumdrops (“My favorite”), buttercream eggs (“My favorite”), and a chocolate bunny (“My favorite”). Unless… there’s also a little yellow marshmallow chick the same color as our hero’s fuzzy blanket. Decked out in his purple plaid Easter finery, this boy mouse spends a giddy day playing with his sugary new pal. And does he succumb to tasty temptation? How dare you even think such a thing!
P. Zonka Lays An Egg – Extraordinary hen P. Zonka spends her time taking in the beauty around her: the shiny green of the grass, the buttery yellows of the dandelions, the deep blue of the sky. The other hens can’t understand why she never lays eggs like they do. Finally, P. Zonka gives in and lays an egg. To everyone’s delight, she produces a wondrous egg that contains all the colors and designs that she has stored in her creative imagination.
Rechenka’s Eggs – Old Babushka, known throughout all of Moskva for her beautifully painted eggs, is preparing her eggs for the Easter Festival when she takes in an injured goose. She names the goose Rechenka, and they live happily together until one day when Rechenka accidentally overturns a basket, breaking all of Babushka’s lovingly crafted eggs. But the next morning Babushka has a surprise awaiting her in the basket. She cries: “A miracle!” It is one of many in this charmingly told tale of friendship and caring. With vibrant illustrations, Patricia Polacco has joyously re-created the flavor of Old Moscow and its festivals. The eggs, stunningly colored and intricately designed, are authentic reproductions of eggs painted in the Ukrainian style. Rechenka’s Eggs is a timeless story of classic beauty.
The Story of the Easter Bunny – On a snow-cold day in a snug little house . . . Everyone knows that the Easter Bunny comes every year with a basket of painted eggs and chocolates. But who is the Easter Bunny, and what is his story? At last, the famous bunny’s secrets are revealed in this delightful tale perfect for springtime!
A Tale for Easter – In springtime you can ride a fawn past splashing ducklings and leaping lambs in your dreams, and wake to an Easter Sunday filled with holiday treasures.
Witness the beauty of spring in Tasha Tudor’s exquisite watercolor illustrations. (religious note, this book was written in 1941, so though the story is not religious, it does mention Good Friday, going to Sunday School, and so forth).
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick! – A wacky new Easter version of the classic “There Was an Old Lady” song! This time, the hungry old lady swallows a chick, some straw, an egg, some candy, a basket, and a bow! And just as she’s hopping and skipping along, who should she meet but the Easter Bunny! Watch what happens when she trips, with amazing results!
Do you have any favorites that I missed? Please share it in the comments below!