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8 fantastic books to read with your kids during Easter recommended by a children's librarian - especially excited about #1 and #5.

8 Delightful Children’s Books for Easter

I love Easter.

One of the reasons I love it so much is that it heralds the arrival of spring. And after this winter, I think most of us could use a little spring.

(I won’t lie – I love the chocolate too).

Plus, my little girls love all things related to rabbits and baby chicks.

These eight titles are perfect additions to your Easter collection,whether you buy them or check them out from the local library:

  1. Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda – We got our own copy of this recently, and it quickly became a nightly read. Noticing how grumpy Cat is, the owner asks what’s going on. Imagine the surprise when Cat reveals that he wants to be the Easter Cat, taking the place of the Easter Bunny. And he will not be dissuaded. With the text acting as the voice of the owner and the Cat communicating with hand-drawn signs, this is a perfect book to read with your child who will love interpreting Cat’s signs.
  2. Owen’s Marshmallow Chick by Kevin Henkes – I love the simple holiday board books Kevin Henkes does. It’s so nice to have festive books for even your youngest children. In this one, Owen determines that each new Easter treat is “my favorite.” But the yellow marshmallow chick might be his most favorite.
  3. The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing and Kathy Couri – A fun spin on the Christmas classic poem, you’ll love reading this one aloud. Plus, my girls love looking for the eggs hidden on each page.
  4. The Biggest Easter Basket Ever by Steven Kroll and Jeni Bassett – In this sweet book, two little mice learn that the best way to compete in the contest for the biggest Easter basket is to work together. This is a really nice story of cooperation and friendship, which I especially like right before an Easter egg hunt (which can turn competitive).
  5. The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by DuBose Heyward and Marjorie Flack – Written in 1939, this Easter classic is about a little country bunny who desperately wants to grow up to be an Easter bunny. Of course, everyone tells her she can’t be, but when she grows up and organizes her 21 children to help, the longed-for title is eventually bestowed upon her.
  6. Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco – You can always count on Patricia Polacco to deliver a masterful picture book. This one tells the story of Babushka who always wins the prize for her painted eggs in Russia each Easter. But when she rescues a wounded goose, the goose accidentally breaks all the eggs Babushka has been working on all winter long. Is there any chance for her to still win the prize?
  7. Heidi Heckelbeck and the Tie-Dyed Bunny by Wanda Coven and Priscilla Burris – In this early chapter book, Heidi is thrilled when she gets to bring home the class rabbit. But the rabbit escapes (of course!) and gets itself dyed in all the Easter egg colors. Now Heidi has to figure out how to catch and un-dye the rabbit before it’s time to return it to school.
  8. The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen and Sally Anne Lambert – I love this delightful story about how the Easter bunny came about. According to this brightly colored picture book, it was originally a sweet elderly couple that wove baskets and dyed eggs for the local children. But as they get older and more frail, their rabbit takes over the operation.

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Janssen is a former librarian and avid reader who is always maxing out her library card. She now stays at home with her two-year-old daughter (with another girl on the way) and blogs about books for readers of all ages, her favorite recipes, and parenting adventures at Everyday Reading.