20 Mar 12 Children’s Books with Easter in mind
Looking for some Easter themed books for the young kids? Here is a selection of new and older favourites to search for.
Beautiful Eggs written and ill. by Alice Lindstrom (Scribble Kids Books, B/B RRP $16.99)
Just in time for Easter celebrations is this beautiful board book about egg decoration around the world. Based on the old traditions, eggs have family and cultural meanings for different groups celebrating. Seven cultures who decorate eggs are mentioned such as: Pynska (Slavic eggs) Pictures drawn with beeswax and Cascarones found in Mexico during Easter.
Alice Lindstrom is an illustrator and artist based in Melbourne, Australia. A book for the whole family. Teaching notes and ideas are available on the website.
Little Bilby’s Aussie Easter Egg Hunt by Yvonne Mes, ill. by Jody Michelle Pratt, Hachette Australia; HB RRP$19.99 (2120)
A group of baby bilbies are on an Easter egg hunt. They find all kinds of eggs – a kookaburra’s egg, a turtle’s egg, a cassowary’s egg – before the little bilbies finally find what they’ve been looking for: Easter eggs to share with all their friends. This colourfully illustrated picture book showcases the diversity of Australia’s egg-laying animals. Each spread reveals an egg in its natural environment and asks the question ‘Whose egg could this be?’. After turning the page, the egg is matched with the animal it belongs to.
Spot’s Easter Basket by Eric Hill, Penguin Random House Children’s Books; Boardbook RRP$16.99 (2120)
Toddlers will love this basket-shaped board book for little hands that can be played with or read for twice the fun! With lots of eggs to discover throughout, as well as a special patterned egg to find on each spread, this fun Easter story encourages early learning through counting, pattern and colour recognition.
Five Little Easter Bunnies by Martha Mumford, ill. Sarah Jennings, Bloomsbury Children’s Books; RRP$14.99 (2121)
Join five little Easter Bunnies as they set off on an exciting lift-the-flap Easter egg hunt. With five delicious eggs to find and count, it’s a perfect springtime adventure!
Can you help the bunnies climb trees, peek into nests and look under leaves to find their eggs? You’ll have to lift the flaps to search for the tasty prizes – and there might be some surprises along the way too! Based on the popular childhood rhyme ‘Five Little Speckled Frogs’, this joyful, interactive book is packed with adorable bunnies, lambs, chicks and ducklings. Get ready for non-stop Easter fun in this beautifully illustrated read-aloud, full of the joys of spring. See also We’re Going on an Egg Hunt and Hop Little Bunnies.
Press Out and Colour: Easter Decorations by Kate McLelland, Allen & Unwin (Nosy Crow) RRP$19.99 (2017)
Make your own beautiful, 3D Easter decorations with this board book of press-out ornaments. Each press out Easter egg is intricately decorated with foil and perfect for all ages to colour in. Featuring ten unique designs, the press-out pieces can be easily slotted together to create cheerful hanging ornaments to decorate Easter trees. These gorgeous eggs look elegant in white and gold, but even more glorious when you add colour.
Peppa Pig: Easter Egg, Penguin Books; RRP $16.99 (2019)
It’s Easter time and Peppa and her friends are going on an Easter egg hunt at Rebecca Rabbit’s House. Will they find the Easter Bunny, too? This egg-shaped board book is the perfect gift this Easter. Also look out for the new Easter sticker activity book, Peppa Pig- Peppa’s Egg-cellent Easter Sticker Activity Book and a YouTube video.
Cutie Pie Looks for the Easter Bunny by Jannie Ho, Allen & Unwin (Nosy Crow) RRP$9.99 (2014)
Can you help Cutie Pie find the Easter Bunny and his basket of eggs? Very young children can pull the board sliders in this chunky little book to reveal lots of animals celebrating Easter, and finally the Bunny himself.
I Wanted a Giant Chocolate Egg but All I Got Was this Stupid Book by Merv Lamington, Affirm Press RRP16.99 (2018)
I wanted a giant chocolate egg but all I got was this stupid book. You too? I know just who’s to blame for this outrage. Come on, let’s go find the Easter Bunny… Join an Easter egg hunt of a different kind in this journey from disappointment to elation. The perfect (non-edible*) gift for any kid who’s ever felt that the Easter Bunny could have done better. *Note: this book is not made of chocolate. Sorry.
The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Tale by Nette Hilton, Bruce Whatley; Working Title Press $14.99 (2014)
It’s the night before Easter and for the first time, Billy and his band of little bilbies must deliver the eggs. ‘This is fun,’ they sing as they hide eggs here and there and up and down. But when one of the bilbies gets into trouble, only Billy knows what to do.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Easter Colours, Eric Carle Penguin Books RRP$12.99 (2016)
This book enables you to discover all the colours of Easter with The Very Hungry Caterpillar in this bright and beautiful board book. Yellow chicks…a white lamb…what are all the colours of Easter? Let The Very Hungry Caterpillar and friends take you on a rainbow tour of Easter colours in this beautiful board book. Perfect for learning first colours with simple text and pictures, this chunky board book is ideal for little hands.
Peter Rabbit: Easter Surprise by Beatrix Potter; Penguin Books RRP$14.99 (2017)
Easter Surprise is a bright lively story for springtime! Follow Peter Rabbit as he excitedly hops along to share an Easter surprise with his friends. The charming rhyming story features lots of Beatrix Potter’s most famous characters, such as Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddle-Duck in a Pied Piper-style adventure. With a gorgeous new cover, this little storybook is a must for every baby’s Easter.
The Easter Bunny’s Helpers by Anne Mangan, Tamsin Ainslie; Harper Collins RRP$14.99 (2013)
The Easter Bunny needs help delivering the Easter eggs this year and who better to help him than some Australian animals?