I still have a small sack that contains the Easter books I used to read to my sons when they were little. They are now in college. Some things are just too hard to part with and their childhood books are one of them. I have their names written in most of the books and one day when they have children of their own (God willing), I will give these books to them and hope that they also will read them to their children.
These were some of our favorites.
1. Clifford’s Happy Easter- by Norman Bridwell
This is a cute story about Clifford, the big red dog, who helps Emily Elizabeth celebrate Easter by dyeing Easter eggs and going on the Easter egg hunt with her.
2. The Grumpy Easter Bunny- Bu Justine Korman and illustrated by Licinda McQueen
This is a cute story about Hopper the grumpy bunny. Hopper’s tired of working hard making Easter candy and goodies, only to have to run around like crazy delivering them all over. He finds it tiring and hard work. So one year he decides to do something a little different which ends up teaching Hopper a valuable lesson. I love the colorful illustrations in this book and the “moral” of the story.
3. Pooh The Very Best Easter Bunny- by Ann Braybooks and illustrated by Josie Yee
When Rabbit is too busy with his garden to play the Easter Bunny, the residents of the Hundred-Acre Wood search for a suitable solution. Eventually, they discover that it is easier to help Rabbit do his gardening than it is to fill his bunny suit!
4. The Story of the First Easter- Retold by Bill Yenne
A story we never tire of reading. Beautifully illustrated, Bill Yenne retells The Story of the First Easter for children to learn and understand the wonderful story of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the reason behind the Easter holiday.
5. The Day Jesus Died- by Bryan Davis and illustrated by Ron Gordon
Arch books are designed for children ages 5-9. The illustrations are also age appropriate. This book gives ideas of ways to discuss the crucifixion of Jesus to children of this age group. It’s a great resource for Easter.
6. The Story of the Empty Tomb- by Bryan Davis and illustrated by Len Ebert
“The Story of the Empty Tomb” tells the well-known Bible story through easy-to-read rhymes and bright illustrations. Children, ages five to nine, will enjoy these spiritually sound stories that are easy to remember .
7. Happy Easter Little Critter- by Mercer Mayer
Mercer Mayer’s popular Little Critter experiences all the joys of Easter, in spite of his little sister constantly tugging at his sleeve. The Critter family goes to church on Easter Sunday. Afterward there is egg-dying and an egg hunt. Little Critter doesn’t like dressing up for ‘Easter but otherwise enjoys a very special family holiday.
Both my kids loved this book. It was read and reread every Easter!
8. Bugs Bunny in The Little Surprise- by Frank Ridgeway and illustrated by Art and Kim Ellis
This is a Golden Little Look-Look Book. A sweet, short story about the adventures of Bugs Bunny and his friends when they take part in an Easter Egg Hunt. Bugs comes across a little surprise egg while on the hunt. Cute book with a cute ending.
9. Peter Cottontail- by Amanda Stephens and illustrated by Christopher Santoro
Oh, no! It’s Easter morning, and somebody has stolen all the Easter eggs! Can anybody save Easter? Peter Cottontail can! Here is a delightful illustrated, brand-new story featuring Peter Cottontail as the bunny who saves the day!
10. Precious Moments: The Wonder of Easter- by Matt Mitter and illustrated by Sam Butcher
Celebrating Spring, new life, new things and Easter (the book focuses more on spring than the actual meaning of Easter but it teaches us about blessings we should be thankful for at Easter time).