Best Books for Easter Baskets

Who is ready for Easter? I love filling my kids’ Easter baskets each year with little candies, arts and crafts materials, a spring outfit, and, above all else, books!

Below are a list of our favorite books that are perfect for sharing on Easter and all year long. So what are you waiting for? Hop to it and have fun reading! 

ACTIVITY BOOKS

Eggcelent Easter Mazes by Clever Publishing, 2021

With its myriad of spring-time scenes, little ones will love completing these engaging mazes! Mazes are a great way to effortlessly help children boost their problem-solving skills, fine tune their fine-motor control, and build their confidence. Plus, they are a ton of fun!  

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Look and Find Easter Hunt: Over 800 Egg-citing Objects! by Clever Publishing, 2021

Our family cannot get enough look-and-find books. They are perfect for browsing during that chocolate-induced coma that sets in after opening Easter baskets, a rainy-day boredom buster, perusing during long car rides, or while waiting in line. This gem features a variety of eye-catching Easter scenes that are sure to entertain children and adults!

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Give This Book a Title: Over 100 Activities to Kick-Start Your Creativity by Jarrett Lerner, 2020

This may not be Easter-themed, but holy moly, do my kids love this book! With pages packed with instructions on how to draw and open-ended prompts to stimulate the imagination, I love this book too! It has been a HUGE hit with our family and I’ve given it as a gift for three other birthdays. With tons of kid appeal, it is a great Easter basket filler!  

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BOARD BOOKS AND PICTURE BOOKS

Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt (1940)

(Ages 0 and up)

This classic story has withstood the test of time for a reason. Babies and toddlers (and even big kids!) are all about the sensory experience. This interactive gem invites readers to follow the children in the book touching different surfaces, lifting flaps, and engaging in a variety of different ways.  

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Flora and the Chicks by Molly Idle,  2017

(Ages 2 and up)

I just adore award-winning author and illustrator Molly Idle’s creations. Her beloved character, Flora, finds a nest of hatching eggs in this delightful board book. The fold-out pages follow Flora as she juggles the growing number of chickens emerging from the nest. Flora is a natural ballerina and she gracefully bends, lunges, and dips as she makes room for more chicks. The almost wordless format allows little ones to create the story themselves as well as work on counting skills.

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Bunny Roo, I Love You (2015) and Bunny Roo and Duckling Too (2021) by Melissa Marr; illustrated by Teagan White

(Ages 2 and up)

Both of these charming stories capture the unconditional love between a parent and child. The gentle text playfully compares a child to a variety of animals while the beautiful vintage-style illustrations give the books a timeless feel.

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We’re Going on an Egg Hunt by Laura Hughes, 2017

(Ages 2 and up)

Following the same format as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, this book features four adorable bunnies on an egg hunt. The cheerful illustrations contain lift-the-flaps to reveal hidden eggs while the flowing rhymes are action packed and perfect for acting out while reading aloud.

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I Will Always Be Your Bunny by Frances Gilbert; illustrated by Julianna Swaney, 2019

(Ages 2 and up)

The Velveteen Rabbit is one of my favorite books from childhood, so when I saw this delightful gift book, I just had to get it for my daughter. Its small size makes it perfect for little hands to pour through the sweet illustrations. The uplifting rhymes assure children that they will always be cared for and loved making this comforting tale a true treasure.

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The Little Rabbit by Nicola Killen, 2019

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When a young girl and her stuffed bunny venture outside on a rainy day, they are met with a magical breeze that breathes life into the bunny. When the bunny hops away, the girl bravely follows and finds adventure.

Die-cut windows and embossed gold foil are sprinkled throughout the mostly black, white, and yellow illustrations adding to the whimsy of this adorable book. This charming story about the bond between a child and her special toy is perfect for Easter and all year long!

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Egg by Kevin Henkes, 2017

(Ages 3 and up)

A soft, pastel palette perfectly sets the mood for this simple, but sweet story of acceptance. When three birds hatch from eggs, they are surprised to discover the fourth egg in their nest is an alligator. While initially frightened, they eventually befriend the alligator creating a new family. With its concise text using only a few words and its mysterious ending, children have the freedom to add their own narration to the story. 

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Guess How Much I love You by Sam McBratney, 1994

This heartwarming story about the unconditional love between a parent and child is an absolute must-have! We received the pop-up edition during my baby shower and it was by far one of my favorite books to read with my children.

The long-awaited sequel, Will You Be My Friend by Sam McBratney, 2020, is a cozy friendship tale that playfully captures the joy and excitement in making a first friend.

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When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes; illustrated by Laura Dronzek, 2016

(Ages 3 and up)

Simple, poignant text paired with bright, beautiful illustrations make this the perfect book to introduce spring to preschool age children. Kevin Henkes eloquently describes the changes children will see around them during the transformation from winter to spring. Noting characteristics of winter and spring provides the perfect opportunity to have children enter a conversation comparing and contrasting the two seasons.

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The Good Egg by Jory John; illustrated by Pete Oswald, 2019

(Ages 4 and up)

An adorable egg strives to be perfect and helpful in every way despite his naughty crate mates. When the pressure of being the good egg causes him to literally crack up, he realizes he needs a little self-care. This amusing book is an excellent reminder that no one is perfect and they shouldn’t have to be!

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Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro; illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss, 2017

(Ages 4 and up)

Bunny loves listening to storytimes held outside the library, but when the air turns cool and storytimes are moved indoors, Bunny must come up with a plan! This quiet celebration of books and reading could not be more charming!

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Duck Rabbit by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, 2009

(Ages 4 and up)

Using clever banter, two unseen narrators argue whether the illustrations in the book are of a duck or a rabbit. Set up as a visual puzzle, only the reader can decide what the drawings depict. This humorous book is a blast to read aloud and also offers a great lesson in perspective and point of view.

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The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach, 2019

(Ages 4 and up)

Ross Burach cleverly intertwines scientific terms like metamorphosis and chrysalis with a zany story about a caterpillar who seems to know nothing about the magical transformation caterpillars experience. This humorous read aloud is perfect for a lesson on patience and as an introduction into the life cycle of a butterfly.

Pair this with the sequel, The Little Butterfly That Could (2021) that follows the newly transformed butterfly on his migration route. When he loses his way, he is encouraged by an optimistic whale to never give up.

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What’s Inside a Flower? by Rachel Ignotofsky, 2021

(Ages 4 and up)

This gorgeous informational book teaches little nature lovers the ins and outs of flowers. With its eye-catching illustrations and fascinating facts, children are going to love learning about one of nature’s showstoppers!

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Nesting by Henry Cole, 2020

This stunning book uses Henry Cole’s signature pen-and-ink artwork to showcase a new family of robins making a nest, protecting their babies, and preparing for winter. This informative book is an excellent read aloud for introducing food webs and animal science to children.

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