Hop into imagination: Eggstraordinary Easter books for kids

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Easter is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to read stories that celebrate the season. These carefully selected Easter books for kids will help you and your children enjoy the holiday through literature. They make great basket stuffers, too.

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From bunny adventures and Easter egg hunts to stories of friendship and inspiration, these books will bring joy and valuable lessons to young readers. Whether you’re looking for bedtime stories or books for kids to read on their own, these books will foster a love of reading throughout the Easter season.

Board books for children 3 and under

Children three and under love being read to, and festive holiday books make reading even more fun. The books on this list will help get children excited for Easter through interactive literature.

“Little Blue Truck’s Springtime” by Alice Schertle and Sheila McGraw

In this Little Blue Truck adventure, Little Blue Truck and his friend Toad are out for a ride. They will meet several animals along the way. Young children are encouraged to open the flaps to see which baby animals have been born on the farm.

“Hippity Hoppity, Little Bunny” by Cottage Door Press

“Hippity Hoppity, Little Bunny” is a rhyming book featuring a bunny finger puppet that looks for Easter eggs with his bird friends. Wiggle the puppet to make the story come to life and encourage interactive play. 

“An Easter Prayer Touch and Feel” by Amy Parker and Alison Edgson

In this touch-and-feel book, young children can pet the animals and feel the flowers on each page. It features a rhyming poem and cute animal illustrations to engage babies and toddlers. Children will learn that all blessings come from God through this Christian prayer.

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“Egg” by Kevin Henkes

“Egg” is a story about four eggs. Three eggs hatch into baby birds, and the last one does not. The three birds investigate to find out why. This mystery will spark the curiosity of young readers. The text is concise and repetitive, perfect for babies and toddlers.

“Happy Easter, Little Pookie” by Sandra Boynton

Pookie gets ready for Easter with Mom in this board book by bestselling author Sandra Boynton. Mom arranges a playdate with Pookie’s friend, and they hop around like bunnies and decorate eggs. Babies and toddlers will love the rhyming words and engaging illustrations.

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Stories for preschoolers

Preschoolers enjoy being involved in stories read aloud to them. Have them repeat lines after you read or move to the rhythm of the story.

“The Night Before Easter” by Natasha Wing and Kathy Couri

“The Night Before Easter” is a rhyming story that is a fun twist on the original poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. This story is part of a 35-book series by Natasha Wing, and it’s about the Easter Bunny coming to visit and what he leaves behind for the children.

“How to Catch the Easter Bunny” by Andy Wallace and Adam Elkerton

Kids search for eggs every year, but can they catch the Easter bunny? Children come up with all sorts of ways to trap him. This rhyming book may inspire kids to make their own Easter Bunny traps.

“Our children love the “Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt” board book. Alongside having a lovely story and being beautifully illustrated, the readers have to find Easter eggs on each page hidden under flaps. Some pages have pull tabs, and others have very large pop-ups as well. It’s fun for both mom, dad and kids!”

— Naomi Morris, Our Kiwi Homeschool

“Here Comes the Easter Cat” by Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda

Cat wants to know why the Easter Bunny gets all the love, so he decides to take over but soon realizes delivering eggs is hard work. Kids and parents will enjoy the humor and the way Cat and the narrator interact. 

“Fiona and the Easter Egg Hunt” by Zondervan and Richard Cowdrey

Fiona the Hippo and her friends have an Easter egg hunt for the other animals at the zoo. One of Mrs. Swan’s eggs accidentally gets mixed in with the Easter eggs, and the animals have to find the egg before it hatches. 

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“The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story” by Mike Berenstain and Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears learn about Easter’s true meaning and Jesus’s resurrection. Brother and Sister Bear learn that Easter is about more than getting candy and finding Easter eggs. This book explains Easter in a kid-friendly way.

Books for kids ages 6 to 8

Children in early elementary school often read books on their own but still enjoy being read to. These Easter books for kids ages 6 to 8 are great for both independent reading and reading together.

“Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny” by Barbara Park and Denise Brunkus

Junie B. gets invited to an Easter egg hunt at Lucille’s mansion, and somehow, she gets stuck wearing a bunny suit. How will she find the most eggs and win a play date in Lucille’s pool if she keeps tripping over her big bunny feet? Will she end up with an egg on her face? Find out in book 27 of the Junie B. Jones chapter book series.

“Buddy the Burping Easter Bunny” by Humor Heals Us

Buddy, the burping bunny, never cried when he was a baby; he only burped. Follow Buddy in his daily adventures to see what makes him burp as you and your children laugh along the way. 

“The Easter Bunny that Overslept” by Priscilla and Otto Friedrich

The Easter Bunny sleeps through Easter and tries delivering his eggs on Mother’s Day. He tries to deliver his beautifully decorated eggs again and again on different holidays throughout the year. Finally, his friend Santa gives him the perfect gift to help him next year. This book will keep kids engaged with its colorful illustrations and unique story. 

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“The Easter Story – Brick Bible for Kids” by Brendan Powell Smith

The Easter story from the Bible is illustrated and told in a kid-friendly way with Lego bricks. Simple text accompanies the photos to explain the Easter story from Palm Sunday through the resurrection. 

“The Easter Egg Farm” by Mary Jane Auch

Pauline, the chicken, can’t lay eggs like the other chickens until she nests outside, away from the others and lays a sky-blue egg. While watching a ladybug, she lays a red spotted egg. Her eggs make the perfect Easter eggs. Pauline tries hard to be normal but realizes her differences are what makes her unique. This book has colorful illustrations and a positive message.

Final thoughts

Reading is important for brain development and a great way to bond with your children. Having festive stories to read makes it even more fun and engaging. Look for these Easter books for kids at your local library, bookstore or online. 

Heidi is a Certified Elementary School Teacher in the Inland Northwest and has been teaching for 17 years. She is also a vintage recipe blogger at RealLifeofLulu.com, where she focuses on recipes that are at least 50 years old, many from her grandparents’ kitchens. When she isn’t teaching or baking, she loves spending time with her husband and three kids.

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