Easter will be here before you know it. It's time to hop into some exceptional books that are sure to please your preschool students. Building up to Easter can be a delightful experience for young learners. Whether you are exposing children to the Biblical Easter account or the traditional Easter bunny and exceptional egg hunt extravaganza these books are sure to please your young emergent readers. If you find a story below that you would love to place in your personal library, click on the book and you will be rerouted to Amazon for a secure purchase.
1. How to Catch an Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton was named a New York Times Bestselling Author and Illustrated book for children 2-5 years of age. This children's book is 40 pages in length and written in the English language. Children will love the brightly colored illustrations. Children will find the beautifully illustrated Easter eggs easily. Especially in comparison to catching the Easter bunny in action. This Easter bunny is tricky especially with his basket of treats and tricks that helps him stay out of site. This book is an excellent addition to the STEAM classroom with its many inspiring STEAM traps all designed to catch the Easter bunny.
2. It's Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler and illustrated by Roger Bollen is part of the Beginner Books(R) series. The story was written with young readers in mind ages 2-5. The main characters name is P.J. Funnybunny even though he has decided that he no longer wants to be a bunny, eat cooked carrots, or have big ears. He decides to go on a journey to explore who he really is and where he belongs in this great big world. Would it be more fun to be a bird, pig, or even a bear?
3. Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by Kimberly and James Dean. This book is a #1 New York Times bestseller! Join Pete the Cat as he hops in to help the Easter bunny. This book features 12 Easter Cards, a poster, and stickers. Pete is one of the coolest cats around. He eagerly wakes up on Easter Morning to discover that the Easter bunny needs some help delivering all his goodies. Pete the Cat puts on a pair of bunny ears and hatches a plan to collect, paint, and hide eggs just in time for the Easter holiday.
4. Hippity, Hoppity Little Bunny-Finger Puppet Board Book for babies to two-year-old children is a great Easter basket addition. This sturdy board book features a built-in bunny finger puppet and is filled with vibrant illustrations sure to add a great deal of color into a young child's Easter day. This adorable nursery rhyme book follows little bunny rabbit and his adorable bird friend as they hunt for easter eggs.
5. Biscuit's Pet & Play Easter (A Touch and Feel Book) by Alyssa Satin Capucilli features a fuzzy yellow chick. Children can pet the fuzzy yellow chick while joining Biscuit on his Easter egg adventure. The book has simple text for an engaging close read for babies and toddlers.
6. God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergen illustrated by Laura J. Bryant is a book written for children ages three to seven. Readers are able to explore God's design for the Easter season and what it really means for Little Cub and his family. God Gave us Easter invites children to take a journey with Little Cub to find out about God's deep love for His children. Over 2.5 million families, have enjoyed this wonderful Easter story.
7. The Story of Easter by Jean Miller and illustrated by Jerry Smath is timeless. This Little Golden book shares the true meaning of the Easter holiday. The story illustrates Jesus' last days on earth as well as his resurrection written specifically for preschool children. The rich illustrations paint the picture of the Last Supper, Jesus carrying the cross, and the Angel at the empty tomb.
8. Jesus Calling: The Story of Easter by Sara Young and illustrated by Katya Longhi is short stories from the Bible. The book shares memory verses and devotions. This story unfolds the plan that God had in mind to save his people before the Earth was formed. Through the prophets in the Old Testament, we learn of a Savior named Jesus.
9. God Made Easter by Elizabeth Terry is a beautiful story of God's gift to his children. As the Church bells ring, we hear the wonderful news of the risen Savior. God designed Easter to show his love. This rhyming story features memory verses throughout the text. This story also shares a few Catholic prayers.
10. The Donkey That Noone Could Ride by Anthony DeStefano and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey is a story of a donkey who has not realized that he has an important mission. This poor little creature does not believe that he has anything noble to do. Little does he know that he will be the one to carry the "King of the Jews."
Then Jesus said to the donkey,
“It’s time that you knew
About the great thing
That you’re destined to do...”
He hears the sad donkey cry,
“Just leave me alone and cast me aside.
I’m just a poor donkey that no one can ride.”
Easter literature allows children to explore interesting language, develop beliefs and ideas, and enjoy artistically excellent Easter illustrations. Picture books help to clarify the concepts within the text. These books allow children to gain background knowledge and a true understanding of the many different topics and traditions during the Easter season. These talented writers have developed engaging stories that children are sure to love. Happy Easter!