16 of the Best Children’s Easter Books

Posted on March 13, 2018 by

Celebrate the season by reading these adorable Easter books with your family. Join little ones by learning all about the origins of the Easter Bunny, or teach them all about the spiritual significance of the holiday. Here are some exciting Easter books for your entire family to enjoy, with publishers’ descriptions below.


The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen and Sally Anne Lambert

Everyone knows that the Easter Bunny comes every year with a basket of painted eggs and chocolates. But who is the Easter Bunny, and what is his story?

On a snow-cold day in a snug little house… So begins the true story of the Easter Bunny.

A little white rabbit watches and helps an old couple make chocolate and paint Easter eggs. As each year passes, the little white rabbit helps out a little bit more until he becomes the Easter Bunny, with the help of a few furry friends.

Katherine Tegen has fashioned an original tale that explains the origin of one of childhood’s favorite legends. Delicate and marvelously detailed paintings make this magical story completely believable.


Owen’s Marshmallow Chick by Kevin Henkes

“My favorite,” said Owen when he saw the marshmallow chick.

“My favorite,” you will say when you read this book.


The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by DuBose Heyward and Marjorie Flack

The country bunny attains the exalted position of Easter Bunny in spite of her responsibilities as the mother of twenty-one children.


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

The Bear cubs are candy-crazy this Easter! But Missus Ursula and some Sunday school students tell the cubs about Jesus’s resurrection and show them that salvation is much sweeter than candy! Includes a sheet of colorful stickers!


The Easter Bunny’s Assistant by Jan Thomas

Easter? I’m so excited!


Easter Love Letters from God by Glenys Nellist

Jesus came to teach people how to love. He came to heal us from everything that hurts us, and to fill our lives with joy, hope, forgiveness, and peace. And the more you get to know Jesus, the more you’ll discover that this can be your life too.

Easter Love Letters from God, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Sophie Allsopp, guides children and families through Holy Week with seven beautifully illustrated Bible stories. Following each story the child will find his or her own letter from God. Children will love the excitement of opening the letters and parents will love how the letters elaborate on the Bible stories being told. Each message gives the child a sense of wonder as they discover what happened leading up to Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Wonderful Words to You will accompany each story and letter. Much more than a memory verse, each carefully chosen promise will be God’s very own personal words of love, encouragement, and hope.


The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing

“Twas the night before Easter, just before dawn, Not a creature was stirring out on the lawn.”The Easter bunny takes center stage in this delightful spin on Clement C. Moore’s beloved poem that will send families hopping to the bookstore for an Easter treat sweeter than any sugar plum!


The Biggest Easter Basket Ever by Steven Kroll

Lovable Clayton and Desmond are back in this Easter companion to the bestselling book THE BIGGEST PUMPKIN EVER!

As Mouseville prepares for a gala Easter celebration on the village green, complete with a biggest Easter Basket contest, two lovable mice learn a lesson in cooperation — and fun!

Town mouse Clayton and country mouse Desmond continue to teach the benefits of collaboration and friendship in another sweet story centered around this joyful holiday.


Llama Llama Easter Egg by Anna Dewdney

With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.

In Llama Llama Easter Egg, the Easter Bunny brings lots of treats for Llama Llama: jelly beans, colorful eggs, and a fluffy surprise!


God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren

A delightful illustrated picture book for readers ages 3 and up,  features the adorable polar bear Little Cub, talking with her father and learning about God’s design for the Easter season and what it really means.

“God loved us so much he wanted us to always be with him too. That’s why God knew he’d need to give us Easter.”

As Little Cub celebrates Easter with Papa, Mama, and her brother and sister, she begins to ask her papa questions about this very special day of the year.  Papa lovingly explains God’s plans for his children, while taking Little Cub on a memorable walk through her stunning Arctic world, and he shares how Easter came about in clear, simple terms that even the littlest cubs can understand.


Happy Easter, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he goes on an Easter egg hunt! Who is hiding eggs in Mouse’s house? This adorable board book combines an engaging Easter theme with a story about colors!

This board book with sturdy pages is perfect for toddlers, who will enjoy the simple introduction to colors and counting. Each page has one or two sentences and points out a different color and number of eggs.

Starring the ever-popular Mouse, this is a colorful and fun addition to a little one’s Easter basket.


Easter by Miriam Nerlove

Rhyming text follows two children as they celebrate Easter with their family by decorating eggs, enjoying Easter baskets, going to church, and returning home to an egg hunt and Easter dinner.


Miz Fannie Mae’s Fine New Easter Hat by Melissa Milich and Yong Chen

When her husband and daughter buy her a beautiful new Easter hat, which is decorated with lace, flowers, fruit, and four tiny eggs, Miz Fannie Mae proudly wears the hat to church, and everyone thinks a miracle has taken place when the eggs hatch.


My First Easter by Tomie dePaola

The importance of family and sharing are beautifully shown in this book all about Easter celebrations. Tomie dePaola’s bright illustrations and easy-to-follow text explain the traditions associated with this special holiday.


Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco

Babushka, known for her exquisite hand-painted eggs, finds Rechenka, a wounded goose, and takes her home. When she’s ready to try her wings again, Rechenka accidentally breaks all of Babushka’s lovingly crafted eggs. But the next morning Babushka awakens to a miraculous surprise. Full color.


Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood

A cat with flair to spare, an Easter Bunny with a job to do, and a hilarious break from sticky-sweet Easter fare for fans of Patrick McDonnell and the Pigeon books by Mo Willems.

Why should the Easter Bunny get all the love? That’s what Cat would like to know. So he decides to take over: He dons his sparkly suit, jumps on his Harley, and roars off into the night. But it turns out delivering Easter eggs is hard work. And it doesn’t leave much time for naps (of which Cat has taken five — no, seven). So when a pooped-out Easter Bunny shows up, and with a treat for Cat, what will Cat do? His surprise solution will be stylish, smart, and even — yes — kind.

An homage to classic comic strips from the author of The Quiet Book and The Loud Book, this Easter treat has a bit of bite, a sweet center, and a satisfying finish — sure to inspire second helpings.

Which of these Easter books would you recommend? Tell us in the comments!


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