Bunnies, chicks and baskets are all around. Springtime has arrived, and so has Easter. To get kids excited for the holiday, check out these fun Easter books to read for kids. board books and picture books! We love children’s books and theming our book choices according to a particular holiday or learning theme.
Easter Books To Read
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Easter Board Books To Read
Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give…) was written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond. The popular Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie hunts for Easter eggs around the house and helps readers with color recognition. The simple text is accompanied by cute illustrations of the adorable mouse.
Bright Baby Touch and Feel Easter by Roger Priddy introduces kids to some of the symbols of the Easter holiday and Spring season with large, colorful photographs and a simple word or two on each page. Young readers will love the various textures in the book that they can touch and interact with.
The Itsy Bitsy Bunny was written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Sanja Rescek. This festive spin on the popular children’s rhyme follows a little bunny as he hops through town attempting to plan Easter day. The sweet rhyme and adorable illustrations make this a fun one to read (or sing) aloud.
Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs?: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Karen Katz shows the adorable Baby as she searches for Easter eggs and finds signs and symbols of Springtime. Little ones will love to follow the directions and lift the flaps on the bright and colorful illustrations. This is one of the cutest books to read for toddlers because lift the flap books are so interactive.
Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny! by Tad Hills follows the popular pair as they try to find a great hiding place so they can catch a glimpse of the Easter Bunny. The simple text addresses concepts like “in” and “up” while giving kids a chuckle at the fun characters.
Llama Llama Easter Egg by Anna Dewdney is a sweet rhyming book following the little Llama as he celebrates Easter morning with his family and friends. The easy rhyming text and colorful illustrations show some of the fun traditions of the holiday which kids will want to take part in.
My First Easter by Tomie dePaola is a great introduction to the signs and symbols of the Easter holiday. The easy text is accompanied by warm illustrations done in dePaola’s signature style.
The Story of Easter was written by Patricia A. Pingry and illustrated by Rebecca Thornburgh. This book tells the traditional Easter story in a toddler friendly format. The gentle illustrations and text also tie the story in to the Easter celebrations we have today.
Happy Easter, Pout-Pout Fish was written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Hanna. Join the popular Pout-Pout fish as he celebrates Easter under the sea with his friends. The rhyming text is accompanied by sweet illustrations showing various sea creatures participating in the holiday.
Spot’s Easter Surprise by Eric Hill follows the adorable puppy as he and his friends go to his grandparent’s house for an Easter egg hunt. The vibrantly colored illustrations and easy text make this a popular series for very young readers.
Easter Picture Books To Read
The Night Before Easter was written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Kathy Couri. This fun twist on the popular Christmas poem follows a family as they prepare for the arrival of the Easter bunny. Kids will recognize some of the familiar aspects of their own Easter celebrations, and will enjoy the buildup to the big arrival.
Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by James Dean and Kimberly Dean follows the cool cat as he wakes up Easter morning to find that the Easter Bunny needs his help. He puts on the ears and does his part to ensure everyone has a happy Easter!
How to Catch the Easter Bunny was written by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton. Follow the Easter Bunny as he prepares to deliver and hide eggs in everyone’s homes. The vibrant illustrations and fun story will have kids wanting to catch the Easter Bunny themselves!
Happy Easter, Little Critter (Little Critter) (Look-Look) by Mercer Mayer follows the popular character as he and his family participate in lots of the traditional activities of Easter. This is a great introduction to the traditions of the holiday told through a simple story and fun illustrations.
Pinkalicious: Eggstraordinary Easter was written and illustrated by Victoria Kann. Join Pinkalicious and her family as they go on an Easter scavenger hunt set up by Edgar Easter Bunny! Kids will enjoy the fun twist on the Easter egg hunt, as well as the vivid illustrations.
The Easter Egg by Jan Brett follows a little bunny named Hoppi as he goes on a mission to make the best Easter egg ever so he can impress the Easter Bunny. He gets sidetracked when he comes across a robin’s egg in the woods and decides to care for it. The Easter Bunny is so impressed by his kindness that he rewards him in the end. This sweet story is accompanied by Jan Brett’s beautifully detailed illustrations.
The Story of the Easter Bunny was written by Katherine Tegen and illustrated by Sally Lambert. This warmly illustrated tale introduces the legend of the Easter Bunny and explains how he began the traditions that we enjoy today.
Clifford’s Happy Easter by Norman Bridwell follows everyone’s favorite big red dog as he helps Emily Elizabeth prepare for Easter. Even though he is too big to help decorate the eggs, he finds his own way to participate. The simple story and illustrations make this another great addition to the Clifford holiday collection.
Here Comes the Easter Cat was written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Claudia Rueda. Cat decides that the Easter Bunny shouldn’t get all the attention, so he decides to deliver eggs and get all the adoration. He soon discovers that being the Easter Bunny is tough work. The story is told as a conversation between the narrator and the sarcastic Cat, and the jokes can be enjoyed by the parents as well as the kids.
The Biggest Easter Basket Ever was written by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Jeni Bassett. Join Clayton and Desmond from The Biggest Pumpkin Ever as they join together to create the biggest Easter basket and win the prize at the Easter celebration. The story includes an important lesson as well as fun traditions of the Easter holiday.
Do you have any other favorite Easter Board books to read? I love setting out books according to themes throughout the year. It keeps the interest for each book by not having it out constantly. My kids also love the build up to each holiday by choosing good children’s books to read to them!