Whether you’re looking for the perfect addition to your child’s Easter basket, or you need a story to help explain some of the
Easter traditions in your house to your child (like letting a rabbit in a vest bring you eggs), children’s books about Easter are exactly what you need. While you could certainly opt for bunny-centric books, like The Tale of Peter Rabbit, or a title about springtime in general, like Planting A Rainbow, what if you’re in the market for something specific about the holiday itself?
While you may not be able to think of one off the top of your head, rest assured there are plenty out there to choose from. Classic children’s books like
Curious George, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and The Berenstain Bears have all been adapted to create Easter stories celebrating egg dyeing, candy eating, and more. And aside from the beloved characters we all know, there are tons of Easter-specific books written just for the purpose of explaining the holiday or taking the Easter bunny on some sort of adventure.
So, whether you choose to buy a book in advance and read it together with your child leading up to Easter or you’re tucking a title into the back of their Easter basket for later, there’s no shortage of children’s Easter book options out there.
1 The Little Engine Meets Easter
The Little Engine That Could is a classic children’s book character, and now you can celebrate Easter with her. This sweet book,
, is full of riddles for The Little Engine to try and crack with all of her friends in order to find the Easter eggs. The illustrations are just darling and will fill you with so much nostalgia. The Little Engine’s Easter Egg Hunt 2 Peter Rabbit Does Easter
The Tale of Peter Rabbit is one of the most famous children’s books ever, and in the world’s favorite bunny has to save Easter. Peter can’t wait for all the festivities to start, with tons of freshly picked vegetables to eat, homemade lemonade, and of course, Easter eggs for everyone! But then he knocks them all over and has to find them all before his loved ones are disappointed. The Great Big Easter Egg Hunt, 3 A Colorful Easter Explainer
If you need a book to explain all things Easter to your child,
will do just that. Follow this group of friends into the Easter Bunny’s hideaway, learn where he lives during the year, and how he makes Easter eggs for everyone to enjoy. The illustrations are full of brightly colored folk art and a diverse cast of children, both of which make this book all the more beautiful. Our Easter Adventure 4 An Adorable Board Book
If your little one already loves the Llama Llama series by Anna Dewdney, this Easter edition of
is the perfect book to add to their Easter basket. Or, maybe it’s the first one of the collection they’ve read! In that case, maybe you can help them fall in love with a whole new series. In this story, the Easter bunny brings Llama Llama a basket full of goodies, complete with candy, eggs, and more! Because it’s a small board book, it’s easy for babies and toddlers to hold while they learn to turn pages with those perfectly chubby little hands of theirs. Llama Llama Easter Egg 5 A Bunny On A Mission
Flora Bunny, Aunt Sassyfrass, and all the other rabbits make some impressive, beautiful Easter eggs. But if Hoppi can make the very best egg of all, he’ll be selected to assist the Easter bunny with this Easter morning deliveries in
by Jan Brett. As he tries to figure out how to make this egg the most stunning of the bunch, Hoppi takes a walk (hop?) through the forest one morning. He finds a blue robin’s egg that has fallen from the nest, and is determined to keep it safe and warm until it hatches. When the Easter bunny arrives to choose his assistant, he finds that Hoppi’s empty eggshell is the most beautiful of all because of the compassion it took to hatch the baby bird inside. The Easter Egg 6 When A Hungry Caterpillar Goes On An Egg Hunt
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is back and this time, he’s after the Easter eggs! In
, part of Eric Carle’s world, everyone’s favorite hungry little caterpillar is looking for Easter eggs and your kiddos can help him by lifting the flaps. The illustrations are just as classic as the original Very Hungry Caterpillar story, and kids familiar with the original books will love this festive version. The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Easter Egg Hunt 7 A Book That Encourages Building
If you like crafting or doing projects with your kids, this book (and maybe the rest of the series) is perfect for your family. In
your kids will learn all the tips and tricks for trapping that fast-hopping hare so they can finally catch a glimpse of him for themselves. Together, you can build STEAM-inspired traps and maybe even start a new holiday tradition you revisit each year. How to Catch the Easter Bunny, 8 An Old Fave, But Make It Easter
Another one featuring that Very Hungry Caterpillar is this sweet Easter twist on the classic children’s book,
Follow along as the caterpillar crawls its way through a world of Easter colors, showing readers things like soft white lambs and bright yellow chicks. The simple text and illustrations make this a great option for teaching colors to young bookworms, so definitely opt for the board book format. That way, it can stand up to years of reading and rereading. The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Easter Colors. 9 A Story About A Funny Bunny
P.J. Funnybunny is sick and tired of being a rabbit in
. He’s tired of carrots. He’s tired of big ears. He just needs a change. So, he sets out to try and do life with all his other animal friends. What might it be like to be a bird? Or a bear? Perhaps being a pig is the most fun. By the end, he may just realize that being a bunny is the best fit for him. It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny 10 This Classic Title
Curious George is one of those characters that you just
have to share with your children at some point. This Easter story of his, , is illustrated in the traditional charcoal and watercolor style of the original story, and of course, it includes George and his best friend, the man in the yellow hat. On Easter morning, the pair visits the park and George joins some children dyeing eggs, hiding them, and more. Happy Easter, Curious George 11 Some Springtime Poems
Children’s stories are one thing, but how often do you get a chance to introduce your kids to a collection of poems written just for them?
includes poems all about preparing a delicious Easter brunch, making a perfect Easter bonnet, and more seasonal pastimes for your little one to learn about. And rumor has it it comes with stickers, so, you know, that’s a slam dunk. Easter, Here I Come! 12 A Book About The Easter Bunny Saving The World
, is best for parents and kids (ages 9 to 12) who like their books on the funny side. Here’s what one Amazon reviewer had to say: The Easter Bunny Invasion!
“The Easter Bunny, Mildred (what a name for an Easter Bunny) has a flying Egg where she and her helper bunnies make scrumptious chocolate eggs for Easter. One year, they finished early and she gave her helpers a bit of time off. But what they didn't know is that a sneaky fox got onboard and stole the egg ship. There Foxy (his name) changed everything and with the help of his crew, were going to make Easter eggs of a different flavor. You'll have to read the book to find out the how and what of what he's going to do and why Santa and his elves got involved.”
13 A Religious Easter Board Book
For those who’d love a children’s Easter book to share the religious aspects of the holiday, this gorgeously illustrated
is a must. The illustrations are just so lovely, and it’s such a sweet way to share the story of Jesus with your children on Easter Sunday. Story of Easter 14 A Favorite With The Babies has been one of the bestselling books for babies for quite some time (think 70 years), and for good reason! It’s all about interaction between parents, babies, and the book, and helps them learn simple words and phrases. Pages include things like “Pat the bunny,” “smell the flowers,” and “play peek-a-boo with Paul,” one of the characters inside. So, while it’s not directly related to Easter, it’s a great rabbit-themed read to share with your baby before they’re fully able to understand the concept of the holiday. If your little one really enjoys Pat the Bunny Pat the Bunny, you can purchase a box set of all three books in the series, which includes Pat the Cat and Pat the Puppy. 15 All About The Easter...Cat?
Deborah Underwood’s protagonist cat actually has a whole series of holidays he takes over, from Valentine’s Day and Christmas to less official ones, like visits from the tooth fairy (or in this case, the tooth cat). The reader gets to be the narrator in this fun version of
, questioning the cat as he tries to take over Easter from the (much more qualified) Easter bunny. Here Comes the Easter Cat 16 Another Story About An Easter Goose
, reminds me of something my elementary school librarian would read to us on a class visit to the library, and honestly, maybe that means we should all read it to our kids, too! This story includes Easter eggs as they’re done in Ukraine, covered in vivid hues and the most intricate designs imaginable. The tale follows Old Babushka, who is known all over town for her amazing, hand-painted eggs. During her Easter prep, she fosters an injured goose who tips over her basket, destroying her eggs. The next morning, she finds her goose, Rechenka, has replaced them all. Rechenka’s Eggs 17 A Little Critter Easter Edition
‘90s babies who have become parents will remember Little Critter, and why not share this nostalgic series with your own children? Ideal for kids between 3 and 7 years old, this story,
, depicts Little Critter doing Happy Easter, Little Critter all the Easter things: dyeing eggs, choosing an Easter basket, and nibbling on candies at every opportunity. 18 A Colorful Easter
Another new story featuring some classic children’s book characters is
. Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers’ beloved crayons are back to decorate and hide an Easter egg, and you know a few of those crayons have some opinions. Happy Easter from the Crayons 19 Easter With The Most Beloved Bears
The Berenstain Bears are some of the most beloved children’s book characters ever, so why not add their Easter story,
, to your child’s home library? Sister Bear loves the holidays and everything about them, like the giant feast at Thanksgiving or the pile of presents at Christmas. And now, Easter is almost here, and it’s time to hunt eggs! But Mama Bear is focused on reminding her family what’s really important about the holiday. The Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs 20 One About Another Culture’s Traditions
Guatemala has some of the most fantastic Easter celebrations in the world. Elaborate designs made of brightly colored sawdust line the streets and are spread about and destroyed as processions walk through carrying special statues and works of art. In this story,
, the Lau family travels to Antigua to spend Easter with their cousins. There, they help prepare a sawdust carpet. Readers will learn all about traditional Guatemalan and Chinese Easter traditions, as well as some of the religious differences between the ways they observe the holiday. Most importantly, this book focuses on celebrating and taking part in another culture’s customs. Sawdust Carpets 21 A Beautifully Illustrated Coming-Of-Age Story
Little Cottontail dreams of growing up to become the next Easter bunny, eventually earning the opportunity to deliver an extra special egg in
. But as she grows up and her family grows too (to an overwhelming 21 children), she has to step back from her Easter bunny duties. That is, until an elder bunny sees how hard she works for her family, and gets her right back into the job where she belongs. If you’re a parent who just swoons over a fairy tale or classic story, these vintage illustrations from the original 1939 publication will give you all the warm-and-fuzzies. The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes 22 The Story Of A Spectacular Hat
, is suited for kids in kindergarten through second grade. And because it was first published in 1997, the illustrations will definitely have a nostalgic feel for millennial moms and dads. Miz Fannie Mae’s Fine New Easter Hat
Tandy and her dad head to the city to buy a special Easter hat for her mother to wear to church. They pick an expensive one with lace, flowers, fruit and a cluster of four small eggs on top. And when she wears it to church on Easter Sunday, a miracle happens: the eggs hatch. So, Tandy’s mom places her hat up high in a tree for a mother bird to nest with the eggs, and it becomes a home for the little family for years to come.
23 A Story About A Chosen Family
Patricia Polacco has another perfect Easter story on this list with
, a tale straight from her own childhood. In the story, one little Russian-American girl has been “adopted” and welcomed into her African-American neighbors’ family by two little boys and their grandma Eula. Wanting to give Eula a wonderful Easter, they try to buy her a new hat, but a misunderstanding leads them to a lesson of compassion and grace. Chicken Sunday
Those beautiful handpainted eggs make another appearance here, just like in
Rechenka’s Eggs. Maybe your own children will be inspired to create similar designs and share with neighbors in this sweet Easter children’s book. 24 An Easter Book About A Resilient Little Bunny
If you want to share a story of resilience this Easter, this sweet story,
, is the perfect choice. While a little girl named Eva is hoping to watch her garden grow, one little bunny has hungrier ideas about how to deal with the flowers. Eva’s upset, but when she realizes her bunny nemesis is actually a lot like her own family, she changes her tune. The illustrations in this are so cute, and the message in the story is a great one for Easter Sunday. Hope Is a Hop
Whether you want a children’s Easter book for filling your kids’ Easter baskets or just to read in the days leading up to the holidays, there are plenty of sweet options.
This article was originally published on
March 1, 2022