Eggs, Bunnies, and Suits: 11 Board Books and Picture Books About Easter

What is Easter? Where is the Easter bunny? Where are all the Easter eggs? And what should I wear? Find the answers to these questions and many more about the holiday in these 11 titles. 

Easter on the Farm by Phyllis Alsdurf. illus. by Lisa Hunt. Beaming Bks. ISBN 9781506487700. 
K-Gr 3–A girl describes Easter on her aunt and uncle’s farm, where they meet the newborn animals, cut pussy willows, ready the garden, attend church, and more. VERDICT This quiet story is a suggested purchase for those who already have a following for Alsdurf’s other holiday books, or who are in need of a simple, cozy Easter title.

Bad Kitty Does Not Like Easter by Nick Bruel. illus. by author. Roaring Brook. ISBN 9781250884770. 
PreS-Gr 1–Bad Kitty is so excited to get the golden egg for Easter. When the hunt begins, she skips blue eggs, purple eggs, and red eggs. But when Kitty gets to the golden egg, she’s in for a disappointment. VERDICT Recommended. Collections where “Bad Kitty” books circulate could benefit from this tale focusing on the importance of friendship.

Easter Bunny, Where Are You?: A Lift-the-Flap Book! by Jeffrey Burton. illus. by Juliana Motzko. Little Simon. ISBN 9781665948203. 
Toddler-PreS–Easter is on its way, but the Easter Bunny is not hopping down the bunny trail. Where could the Easter Bunny be? Burton’s simple rhyming board book invites children for a playful lift-the-flap game of hide-and-seek, searching for the missing Easter Bunny. VERDICT This book is not particularly noteworthy in a crowd of comparable Easter themed board books, but will delight young readers nonetheless.

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The Three Little Superpigs and the Great Easter Egg Hunt by Claire Evans. illus. by author. Scholastic. ISBN 9781338875843. 
PreS-Gr 1–Readers are treated to a hilarious mishmash of the "Jack and the Beanstalk" fairy tale. The illustrations are eye-catching and colorful, with appeal for little ones. VERDICT Sure to be a hit with young readers who love superheroes and mashed-up fairy tales, or where the other books in the series are popular.

First Words of Easter. WorthyKids. ISBN 9781546006459. 
PreS-Gr 1–Beginning with the canonical tale of Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, this board book provides a simple and easy-to-understand overview of the Biblical sequence that ends with the Resurrection. VERDICT Purchase where Christian holiday texts are popular.

Princess Truly’s Easter Egg Hunt by Kelly Greenawalt. illus. by Amariah Rauscher. Scholastic/Cartwheel. ISBN 9781338883473. 
PreS-Gr 1–Princess Truly invites her friends over for an Easter party. During the egg hunt, they come across the Easter Bunny, but his cart is broken and he can’t deliver all of his eggs. Using her “rainbow magic” curls, Princess Truly fashions the bunny a beautiful rabbit-themed balloon from the party tent. VERDICT A perfect holiday selection where the "Princess Truly" books are already a hit; but even where they aren’t, rhyming books are always great for story times.

Elijah’s Easter Suit by Brentom Jackson. illus. by Emmanuel Boateng. Doubleday. ISBN 9780593649954. 
Gr 1-3–This year, Elijah is determined for the reverend to deem him the best-dressed at their Easter service, so he tries on a multitude of colorful suits. Yet none feel right. After an inspiring discussion with church elders, he uses his ingenuity and a sewing machine to take fabric scraps from his family to create a perfect patchwork suit to impress and honor his community. VERDICT A sweet, unique take on Easter that also functions as an homage to the Black American experience.

I Am NOT the Easter Bunny! by T.L McBeth. illus. by author. Penguin/Flamingo. ISBN 9780593528457. 
PreS-Gr 2–If one looks like the Easter Bunny, dresses like the Easter Bunny, and acts like the Easter Bunny, how could they not be the Easter Bunny? McBeth’s holiday book is a fun, dialogue-rich investigation into the life of one wide-eyed, innocent-looking bunny who has an answer for everything and wishes to keep his identity a secret. VERDICT Freshen up Easter book collections with this engaging and fun title.

The Great Easter Egg Hunt by Rachel Piercey. illus. by Freya Hartas. Magic Cat. ISBN 9781419767791. 
PreS-K–An Easter installment in the sprouting “Brown Bear Wood’’ series. Lively, cozy woodland scenes invite readers to spot 100 Easter eggs hidden across five spreads of 20 eggs each. VERDICT A charming look-and-find board book filled with forest fantasy and a dash of Easter whimsy.

 The Goodnight Train Easter by June Sobel. illus. by Laura Huliska-Beith. Clarion. ISBN 9780063325647. 
PreS–Join this joy-filled train ride adventure with children and animals, including a hen in a bubble bath, announcing that the Easter Bunny is coming soon. Readers are invited to climb aboard with their teddy and get Easter baskets ready. VERDICT Highly recommend as a fun, light Easter gem. This book introduces children to some key holiday concepts, including eggs, rabbits, ducks, and jellybeans. It will likely engage both young readers and their adults.

Is This...Easter? by Helen Yoon. illus. by author. Candlewick. ISBN 9781536226287. 
PreS-Gr 1–A huge bear wearing a tiny set of bunny ears and poofy cotton tail places an egg ever-so-gently on the ground. Two groups of dogs find the egg and commence fighting over what to do with it. VERDICT A fun Easter romp that tackles a strange tradition, which might prompt a bit of family togetherness searching for answers! A playful boost to holiday collections.

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