Easter need not be a holiday of over-the-top candy indulgence. For the child who loves a good book as much as a sweet treat, tip the Easter Bunny off to these great titles to fill the basket.
By Kevin Henkes
Little White Rabbit pairs sweet illustrations with a tender story about the thrill of adventure and the comfort of returning home to Mom. This hardback is the ideal non-sweet treat filler for your little one’s Easter basket.
By Deborah Underwood
This book explores a cat’s humorous take on why the Easter bunny is so popular. Cat’s initial smugness gives way to a can-do attitude, and he helps a very weary Easter Bunny deliver chocolate eggs to all the neighborhood kids.
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The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Parade
By Mike Berenstain
Children’s favorite the Berenstain Bears are at it again. A town Easter parade presents an opportunity to dress up in their Sunday best, but Brother’s outgrown his go-to duds. This cute tale reinforces that growing up should be celebrated, too.
By Holly Surplice
Catchy rhymes, woodland critters and vivid colors will delight young readers in this wonderful story about a bunny’s friends, who plan quite the surprise. Expect to read this game of peek-a-boo over and over.
Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure
By Kimberly and James Dean
The Easter Bunny isn’t quite on his game this year, but Pete the Cat dons his bunny ears to make sure Easter goes off without a hitch. Tear-out Easter cards and stickers are included.
Angelina and the Easter Bonnet
By Grosset & Dunlap
Angelina fans will love her latest antics in the Chipping Cheddar Easter parade. Pretty pastel illustrations and bonus stickers will be a hit with little girls ages 3-5.
Heidi Heckelbeck and the Tie-Dyed Bunny
By Wanda Coven
More advanced readers don’t have to miss out on the literary Easter fun with this mid-level chapter book. Heidi Heckelbeck scores the chance to keep the class bunny for Easter weekend, but she encounters quite the quandry when Maggie the bunny escapes.
My Weird School Special: Bunny Double We’re in Trouble
By Dan Gutman
A.J. and the Weird School Special crew embark on finding the $1,000 prize Easter egg hidden by Mayor Hubble. Gutman’s latest is another great choice for chapter book readers with the added bonus of Easter trivia and puzzles.