Top 5 Easter Books for Kids

Friday, March 25, 2016

I have a five-year-old son who loves to read, and it's with him in mind that I've created this short little list of Easter books. His favorite type of book is something that makes him laugh – and I've found that those are my favorite types of book to read with him. There's nothing better than a laughing, happy kid! Some of my other favorites are those that provide a life lesson, and those which we can create additional educational activities out of (my degree is in English, so I'm pretty big on reading comprehension). So here, in no specific order, are some of our favorite Easter books for kids (click the links to purchase them on Amazon!).

Up first, Happy Easter, Mouse! 

My son just loves these sort of books – in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie he is always just so amazed at how demanding Mouse can be that it's fun to read over and over. He's five, and I think we've read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie over a hundred times. And that's not including the times I read it to him when he was a baby.

In Happy Easter, Mouse, the same miniature main character takes the spotlight, searching high and low for whoever it is leaving eggs all over the house. It's a fun read for sure, and is guaranteed to leave you smiling and wanting more! The board book version is just the right size to fit into an Easter basket.

Next up: Pete the Cat's Big Easter Adventure.

Who doesn't like Pete the Cat? In this book, Pete wakes up on Easter morning to find an empty Easter basket with a plea for help from the Easter Bunny himself. Little readers will love this groovy guy's Easter edition – not only is there a cute story about Pete helping the Easter Bunny out, but there are also stickers, punch-out cards and a poster included in the book! At our house, we love it when we can extend the fun of a book through additional activities like crafting, so this one was a big win for us.

Another Easter favorite: Happy Easter, Little Critter!

I used to love reading Little Critter books when I was little, and I've discovered that not much has changed over the past 25 years or so. I love the illustrations in Mercer Mayer's books, and always found it easy to identify with Little Critter when I was little myself, so it's neat to see my son enjoying the same books now that he's reading. We love finding the illustrated spiders and mice in Little Critter books – we always race to see who can spot one first!

In this special Easter edition, readers get to join the Critter family as they celebrate Easter – from church service to egg dying, and from hunting eggs to dealing with an obnoxious little sister. If your little one has a younger brother or sister, you might want to pick up a few Mercer Mayer editions – they teach great lessons about patience and appreciation!

If you appreciate beautiful illustration, check out The Easter Egg.

I love children's books with beautiful illustrations because they remind me of some of the classic books I grew up with. When I can tell that the illustrator paid great attention to detail and that he or she elevated the story with artwork, rather than taking away from the words with intense, bold artwork, I am captivated. If you also appreciate beautiful illustrations in children's literature, you'll love the detail in each page of this book. Pay close attention to the decorations in the eggs and the fanciful borders surrounding each page!

Aside from the illustrations, the story is sweet, too. This book follows a sweet bunny named Hoppi who really wants to help the Easter Rabbit deliver eggs on Easter morning. He is discouraged when he can't come up with the best design for an egg until he chances upon a robin's egg in the forest.

Last, but certainly not least, on the list: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick

If you've never read any of these new takes on an old rhyme, you should definitely start! My son thinks these books are hilarious! Just look at all the stuff this old woman shoves into her mouth in this Easter edition: a chick, some straw, and egg – even all the trimmings for an Easter basket! The pictures are funny (just look at the surprised face the chick has on the front cover!), and rhymes help beginning readers sound out the words as they go along.

What are some of your favorite Easter books for kids?