I’m not sure what our Easter is going to be like this year, since this is our first year in this home. Sola is old enough that she wants to do an egg hunt with friends, so we may go to a local hunt or try to have one with neighbors. She is almost too old to want to be reading picture books too, so this will probably the last time I update this list. This is our updated list of our favorite Easter books, all of which are secular.
Best Easter Egg Hunt Ever! – On a warm spring day, in the tall green grass, a little gray rabbit was sniffing the air. It was Easter Sunday. It was … egg-hunt time! But can Rabbit find the most special Easter egg of all?
The Bunny Who Found Easter – n print for almost forty years, Charlotte Zolotow’s The Bunny Who Found Easter has delighted generations of readers. A lonely bunny goes hunting for Easter, where he hopes to find other bunnies. His search takes him through the seasons, but only in the spring does he find the true meaning of Easter. To this heartwarming story Helen Craig has lent her own original interpretation. As multiple stories unfold in each piece of art, viewer and reader are drawn into the poetic, song-filled text. This new rendition of an old classic is sure to charm readers young and old.
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes – The busy mother of 21 babies is chosen by Old Grandfather Bunny to be his fifth Easter rabbit but is injured while delivering a special egg to a very sick child. Through its timeless tale of perseverance, kindness, and courage The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, first published 61 years ago, continues to touch readers of all ages today. Marjorie Flack’s expressive illustrations are a lovely accompaniment to DuBose Heyward’s classic text.
Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny! – Duck & Goose are back! New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tad Hills brings our favorite feathered friends out to celebrate spring in this sturdy board book. Duck & Goose have lots of ideas about how to find the Easter Bunny, but will they succeed?
The Easter Bunny’s Assistant – Who knew the Easter Bunny had an assistant? Well, in this picture book, he does, and he is a skunk. When the Easter Bunny sets out to teach Skunk the ways of Easter egg dyeing, in five simple steps, they immediately run into problems. Skunk gets so excited by step 1—hard-boiling the eggs—that he emits an odor. It is not a small odor either.
The Easter Bunny That Overslept – One spring morning, the Easter Bunny skips merrily along to deliver his colorful, hand-painted eggs. But the children tell him that it’s Mother’s Day, which can only mean one thing: HE SLEPT THROUGH EASTER! Nobody wants eggs on Mother’s Day, or on the Fourth of July — and especially not on Halloween. Children will sympathize with the little bunny’s plight and cheer when Santa finds the perfect gift to help!
The Easter Chick – Hilda the hen fusses lovingly over her beautiful egg. But weeks go by and her baby still doesn’t hatch. Then one day, a tiny voice coming from inside the egg asks, “Mother, when is Easter?” Hilda doesn’t know for sure. But Hilda’s little chick wants to hatch on Easter Sunday, so Hilda makes it her mission to find the answer. A doting mother and her determined baby – with some advice from a wise owl – create an Easter dream come true in this delightful holiday story. Adding to the fun is an Easter bunny hunt, with rabbits hidden in many of the pictures for sharp-eyed youngsters to find.
The Easter Egg – In this charmingly illustrated tale, a lovable bunny becomes a hero when he keeps a robin’s egg safe and warm until the baby bird hatches. As the story unfolds, a wealth of winsome forest animals, decorated eggs and springtime flora keep little readers engaged until the tale ends.
The Easter Egg Farm – Despite her yellow feathers, the personable Pauline is a hen of a different color–a sensitive fowl unable to “concentrate in all the confusion” of the henhouse. Her eggs, when they do appear, are of assorted vivid designs and colors, influenced by the objects she has just seen. Mrs. Pennywort, the farm’s owner, senses an Eastertime gold mine and begins “taking Pauline on field trips for inspiration.” (At the museum, Pauline’s Mona Lisa egg is a rare treasure.) Nature takes its course, however, and soon kaleidoscopic chicks emerge from the shells. In time Pauline’s progeny produce their own coveted eggs, and mother enjoys a well-earned, colorful retirement
The Egg Tree – One Easter morning, Katy and Carl went on an egg hunt through Grandmom’s house. Katy couldn’t find anything until she went up to the attic. And there she discovered a very special set of eggs… Grandmom had painted them when she was a little girl. And now, she hung them from the branches of a tiny tree — an Egg Tree! So began a very special Easter tradition.
The Golden Egg – Little Duck is hunting for a very special Easter egg. She searches high and low with the help of her forest friends, but where will they find the golden egg? Children will be delighted by this fun Easter egg hunt as they discover colorful foil-stamped surprises hidden under gatefold flaps on each page. Accompanied by beautiful watercolor illustrations, this simple rhyming story and hide-and-seek game is the perfect addition to any Easter basket.
The Golden Egg Book – Once there was a little bunny. He was all alone. One day he found an egg. He could hear something moving inside the egg. What was it? So begins the Golden Easter classic about a bunny—and a little duck that is about to hatch!
Goran’s Great Escape – It’s a beautiful, sunny Easter Sunday in Sweden. The farmer and his family are having breakfast before going to church and the farm workers are going about their daily chores. But Goran the bull is angry. He breaks loose from his stall, and charges down the barn and out into the yard. People gather from miles around to see the raging bull. But who will dare to cross Goran’s path? Will he stay angry forever? Karl, a seven-year-old farm boy, has a plan. Can a very small boy tame a very big bull? A delightful story by acclaimed author Astrid Lindgren. The exquisitely detailed illustrations of wooden houses, farming families in their Sunday best and groves of white birch trees give a vivid sense of springtime on a Swedish farm of long ago.
Happy Easter, Mouse! – Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he tries to figure out who’s leaving Easter eggs all over his house!
Here Comes the Easter Cat – 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.
Looking for Easter – Little Bunny can sense something new in the air, and it smells like sunshine and warm breezes. “It smells like Easter!” his friends tell him. But Little Bunny wonders: what is Easter? So he sets out through the forest on an early spring day to find out…
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick! – A wacky new Easter version of the classic “There Was an Old Lady” song! This time, the hungry old lady swallows a chick, some straw, an egg, some candy, a basket, and a bow! And just as she’s hopping and skipping along, who should she meet but the Easter Bunny! Watch what happens when she trips, with amazing results!
Marshmallow A bunny’s a delightful habit, No home’s complete without a rabbit. Oliver is a tabby cat who is always the center of attention. Marshmallow is a baby rabbit who moves into Oliver’s home. At first Oliver does not welcome Marshmallow, but the little bunny’s charms are impossible to resist. This is the true story of how Oliver and Marshmallow become friends.
My First Easter – The importance of family and sharing are beautifully shown in this board book all about Easter celebrations. Tomie dePaola’s bright illustrations and easy-to-follow text explain the traditions associated with this special holiday.
The Night Before Easter – “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 a beloved poem that will send families hopping to the bookstore for an Easter treat sweeter than any sugar plum!
Ollie’s Easter Eggs – Gossie, Gertie, BooBoo, and Peedie are all dyeing Easter eggs. Ollie wants Easter eggs too and he has a plan on how he’ll get them! Humor and vibrant ink-and-watercolor illustrations fill Olivier Dunrea’s holiday follow-up to Merry Christmas, Ollie. Dunrea again gets the preschooler emotions exactly right, capturing a range of holiday-inspired feelings, from Ollie’s wiggly impatience to be included to the pure joy of the older goslings discovering that Ollie has arranged the best Easter egg hunt of all.
Owen’s Marshmallow Chick – Owen adores Easter. Life doesn’t get much better than a basket full of jelly beans (“My favorite”), gumdrops (“My favorite”), buttercream eggs (“My favorite”), and a chocolate bunny (“My favorite”). Unless… there’s also a little yellow marshmallow chick the same color as our hero’s fuzzy blanket. Decked out in his purple plaid Easter finery, this boy mouse spends a giddy day playing with his sugary new pal. And does he succumb to tasty temptation? How dare you even think such a thing!
Otter Loves Easter! (I Am Otter) – This year the Easter Bunny brought Otter lots of chocolate eggs—her favorite! Otter Keeper said she had to share them with her friends, but sharing is very hard . . . and eating chocolate is very easy. Otter didn’t want Teddy, Giraffe, and Pig to be sad, though. Someone had to save Easter—and she knew just the right Otter for the job!
P. Zonka Lays An Egg – Extraordinary hen P. Zonka spends her time taking in the beauty around her: the shiny green of the grass, the buttery yellows of the dandelions, the deep blue of the sky. The other hens can’t understand why she never lays eggs like they do. Finally, P. Zonka gives in and lays an egg. To everyone’s delight, she produces a wondrous egg that contains all the colors and designs that she has stored in her creative imagination.
Rechenka’s Eggs – Old Babushka, known throughout all of Moskva for her beautifully painted eggs, is preparing her eggs for the Easter Festival when she takes in an injured goose. She names the goose Rechenka, and they live happily together until one day when Rechenka accidentally overturns a basket, breaking all of Babushka’s lovingly crafted eggs. But the next morning Babushka has a surprise awaiting her in the basket. She cries: “A miracle!” It is one of many in this charmingly told tale of friendship and caring. With vibrant illustrations, Patricia Polacco has joyously re-created the flavor of Old Moscow and its festivals. The eggs, stunningly colored and intricately designed, are authentic reproductions of eggs painted in the Ukrainian style. Rechenka’s Eggs is a timeless story of classic beauty.
The Story of the Easter Bunny – On a snow-cold day in a snug little house . . . 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? At last, the famous bunny’s secrets are revealed in this delightful tale perfect for springtime!
A Tale for Easter – In springtime you can ride a fawn past splashing ducklings and leaping lambs in your dreams, and wake to an Easter Sunday filled with holiday treasures. Witness the beauty of spring in Tasha Tudor’s exquisite watercolor illustrations. (religious note, this book was written in 1941, so though the story is not religious, it does mention Good Friday, going to Sunday School, and so forth).
We’re Going on an Egg Hunt – We’re going on an egg hunt. We’re going to find them all. We’re REALLY excited. Hooray for Easter Day! Join a family of bunnies as they set off on an exciting lift-the-flap Easter egg hunt. There are ten eggs to find and count–but watch out for the obstacles along the way . . . Lambs, chicks, bees, and ducks await, and there’s even a wolfish surprise, so be careful!
Do you have any favorite Easter books that I missed? Please share it in the comments below!