10 of the best Easter books for kids
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Easter was always one of my favorite holidays growing up. It offers hope after a long winter season, the promise of new life blooming, and chocolate bunnies that I would devour before breakfast. Easter also offers the opportunity to reflect on family celebrations and celebrations around the world, and to think about how we want to share these celebrations with the children in our lives. Whether your family celebrates Easter as part of your faith, recognizes the holiday as part of the arrival of spring, or participates in secular parties during the Easter season, there are plenty of books to entertain children and explain the holiday to them.
In the ten children’s Easter books below, you’ll find bunnies on egg hunts, illustrated tales of the Easter story, and a book about a dreamy big dream mom rabbit. All of these books have the kind of fun, colorful illustrations that kids love, as well as opportunities to talk about the meaning of Easter and learn about its origins, and many of them would make great Christmas gifts. Easter basket. I hope this Easter brings hope, joy, and lots of goodies of your choice to all who celebrate!
We go on an egg hunt by Laura Hughes
Laura Hughes’ charming illustrations and rhyming text will delight toddlers looking forward to their own egg hunt. This flip book takes us on an adventure with three rabbits, who encounter bees and other animals along the way as they collect their eggs.
Painted eggs and chocolate bunnies by Toni Trent Parker and Earl Anderson
With 16 colorful and adorable photographs, this book takes kids through all kinds of Easter activities: from dressing up for church and dyeing eggs to devouring chocolate treats!
Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
This sweet story is a classic Easter read! When the kids get together to give Grandma Eula the Easter hat of her dreams, things don’t go as planned. But with a little luck and a lot of love, they manage to pull through and give Grandma the hat she’s always dreamed of! Rechenka Eggsalso from Polacco, is another great Easter story!
A Very Happy Easter by Tim Thornborough and Jennifer Davison
This book is ideal for families looking to introduce the Bible story of Easter to young children. As you read, you are encouraged to make funny faces with the book, to help connect with the emotions of the story. A short and sweet account of Easter tradition.
The country rabbit and the little golden shoes by DuBose Heyward and Marjorie Hack
It was one of my favorite books as a kid, not just at Easter, but all year round. The Country Bunny dreams of being an Easter Bunny and delivering treats around the world…but how will she manage with 21 little bunnies to care for? By working together, her little bunnies help their mom be the best Easter bunny ever.
sawdust carpet by Amelia Lau Carling
This book weaves together the traditions of Easter in Guatemala, as well as the traditions of Chinese Buddhism of visiting family members. There are beautiful depictions of the tradition of sawdust carpets, on which Easter processions walk. Also available in Spanish.
Miz Fannie Mae’s New Easter Hat by Melissa Milich and Yong Chen
Miz’s husband and daughter Fannie Mae worked to get her the best Easter hat to wear to church. But it turns out, thanks to a few eggs in the shrine, that Miz Mae’s hat isn’t the only Easter miracle this year!
Parade of Tiara Hats by Kelly Starling Lyons and Nicole Tadgell
Why yes, I really like books about Easter hats. In this one, Tiara has a gift for storytelling and her mom has a gift for making hats and runs the best hat shop in town. But, when a store selling cheaper hats moves down the street, Tiara and Mama team up to pursue their dreams.
The story of Easter by Rachel Elliott and Xuan Thanh Le
This book is ideal for talking about the events leading up to Easter and how the story of Easter fits into the larger history of Christianity. With beautiful illustrations, children will discover the events of Holy Week and what happened after Jesus rose from the tomb.
The Easter Fix by Steph Williams
The death and resurrection of Jesus is quite an important topic for children, and this book can help them understand the Easter story in terms suitable for preschoolers. With engaging illustrations and text, children will learn why Jesus was sent to Earth and what Easter means to Christians.
Looking for more seasonal books to read with the kids? Check out these spring books for preschoolers. And be sure to check out our children’s book archive for picture books, hardbacks, and more!