What should you read around Easter time? How about one of these recommended board and picture books? Find both Christian and secular Easter books that your kids will love to read.
Ready, Set Find EASTER
Learn the basic Biblical Easter story then find the hidden items on each page. For example, when Jesus has supper with his friends, you’ll look for a sack, candle, bread, grapes, cat, cate, head covering, and a pitcher and cup. Large, sturdy tabs help little fingers turn each page. Vibrant art plus a well-summarized story.
The Easter Story by Patricia Pingry
We had this book when my kids were little. It shares some basics of Jesus’ life as well as his death and resurrection. It’s a kid-friendly introduction to Jesus in a sturdy board book. Even simpler is The Story of Easter by the same author.
Come Celebrate Easter Sticker & Activity Book (The Beginner’s Bible) by Zonerkidz
I really love the Beginner’s Bible series and this full-color sticker book is fantastic for its kid-friendly language and illustrations. Kids get to read, color, take quizzes, answer questions, write, and use stickers to interact with the Easter story starting with Jesus going to Jerusalem. Related to this is The Beginner’s Bible The Very First Easter.
The Easter Story for Children by Max Lucado
I haven’t read this myself but it looks like an illustrated retelling of the Easter story meant for children ages 5 and up.
Easter Love Letters from God by Glenys Nellist, illustrated by Sophie Allsopp
Each section tells part of the Easter story, shares a Bible verse, and has a lift-the-flap letter from God to you, the reader. It’s designed for families to read each of the seven sections, one per day, the week before Easter.
God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren, illustrated by Laura J. Bryant
Papa Bear explains to the cubs in general terms why Easter is part of a bigger story that reminds us how we get to be with Jesus forever as well as relate the Christian story to secular traditions. It’s a long story that may work better for older kids.
The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Mike Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
The cubs Sunday School teacher lets them watch cubs in another class performing The Easter Story play to remind them about the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. You might also like The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker & Activity Book.
Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs by Karen Katz
Help find Baby’s Easter eggs by lifting the flaps. Can you find the eggs? Katz always does a great job with her interactive, colorful board books!
Eggs Are Everywhere illustrated by Wednesday Kirwan
Find the eggs but before you turn the wheel and lift the flap, guess which flap it’s under. Love the earthy colors and interactive elements.
The Easter Bunny’s Assistant by Jan Thomas
This is a silly story about how to help the Easter Bunny dye eggs — and survive Skunk’s stinky smells.
The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
Hoppi is excited to decorate his first-ever Easter egg. He searches for an amazing idea but isn’t sure what to do. Unexpectedly, a blue robin’s egg falls out of its nest. Hoppi takes care of it until the bird hatches. The Easter Bunny loves Hoppi’s kindness and decides the empty blue shell to be the best Easter egg of the year. Gorgeous illustrations!
Egg by Kevin Henkes
It’s not specifically about Easter but this is a lovely, sweet, beautiful, and heart-warming story. Henkes uses soft pastel colors, repetitive illustrations, and repetition of just a few words to tell the story of an unexpected egg that hatches late, doesn’t fit in, and then, . . . does! Egg’s compellingly beautiful message is a must-read story about acceptance.
The Easter Egg Farm by Mary Jane Auch
We love this story about a different hen named Pauline. Whatever she stares at when she’s concentrating to lay an egg, becomes the pattern of the egg. The sky, a ladybug, a quilt pattern, and many more. One day, a lady asks for lots of Pauline’s eggs for an Easter egg hunt. She and Miss Pennywort go to field trips to get inspiration for her eggs. But the eggs they’ve been saving start to hatch! Now there are baby chicks everywhere. What will they do?
P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis
Colorful, eye-catching Ukrainian-inspired artwork bursts off the pages. P. Zonka is a hen who appreciates nature more than laying eggs. When she does lay an egg, its designs reflect the patterns and colors of the natural world. All the other hens agree that P.Zonka’s egg is marvelous and beautiful.
How to Track an Easter Bunny by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Simona Sanfilippo
This rhyming picture book gives kids tips to help you find where the Easter bunny has left her surprises. Start with grasses, twigs, and ribbons for her nest then leave a carrot path and glitter. Then on Easter, you can follow her glitter path to find what she left.
The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen, illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert
Here’s the origin story you never knew about the Easter Bunny. He helps out an older couple who make chocolate and paint Easter eggs for the children; each year helping more and more.
The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing
Wing’s fun-filled “Night Before” series continues in this familiar rhyming poem featuring the Easter Bunny.
We’re Going on an Egg Hunt by Laura Hughes
In the same style as the “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” story, follow four rabbits as they hunt for Easter eggs. Open flaps to find tiny animals and eggs. Visually appealing, kids will practice counting as they read this familiar structured, interactive tale.
Otter Loves Easter! by Sam Garton
Otter doesn’t want to share the candy from his Easter basket because it’s yummy and it’s his. Until he realizes his friends didn’t get a fun Easter. Easter Otter to the rescue! (It’s going to be the best Easter ever.) Great lesson about sharing.
Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco
Babushka is known for her beautifully painted eggs. One day, she rescues an injured goose whom she names Rechenka. After Rechenka accidentally breaks all of Babushka’s eggs, she suddenly starts to lay her own beautiful eggs so Babushka has enough eggs for the festival. She knows she must free her goose and sadly says goodbye. But, Rechenka leaves a special gift. Another miracle.
The Spring Rabbit by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Christopher Corr
The rabbit’s friends give him eggs and he makes a basket for them and gives the basket of eggs to Spring as a thank you. Springs suggests the give the eggs to the children in the area so they know that Spring has arrived. It’s a cute secular Easter origin story.
Mad Libs Easter
21 original fill-in-the-blank stories all about celebrating Easter.
Easter Hunt Look & Find
Kids will love this book of search and find — with eggs, baskets, and lambs.
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