Preparing for Easter includes pulling out the Easter story books. Not only are the fun to read year after year, they make nice decorations and ideal Easter basket additions. Five of my favorite storybooks include bunny-centered, religious and a folk tale about pysanky eggs.
5 Favorite Children’s Easter Books
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Du Bose Heyward, illustrated by Marjorie Hack
This charming story was originally published in 1939. It tells the story of Cottontail and her dream of someday being chosen to be one of the five Easter bunnies. Since she is only a country bunny, a woman and the mother of twenty-one baby bunnies, it seems there is little chance she will chosen. Cottontail’s wisdom, kindness, swiftness and cleverness was proven and clever Cottontail even surprised Grandfather Bunny. On Easter Eve, the Grandfather Bunny entrusts Cottontail with the last Easter egg. Will she be brave enough to deliver it? Overall, this is a beautiful celebration of motherhood. Purchase The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes here.
The Story of Easter by Aileen Fisher, illustrated by Stefano Vitale
If you are looking for a book to help explain the major Christian Easter holidays from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday and all the events before and after, this is an excellent choice. The author also explains the customs surrounding the holiday including Easter eggs and other common traditions. Recipes are included in the back of the book. Highly detailed and beautifully illustrated, this book is a great resource for Easter. Check out The Story of Easter here.
On That Easter Morning by Mary Joslin, illustrated by Helen Cann
This very simple book is one of my favorites. It closely follows biblical text in a way small children will enjoy. Colorful and imaginative images carry the storyline from page to page. Each spread is dedicated to a different scene. The end of the story lends hope with the words, “The dark power of death was defeated. God’s own love lit the world on that Easter morning.” Purchase On That Easter Morning here.
Queen of Easter by Mary Engelbreit
Fans of Mary Engelbreit will enjoy the character Ann Estelle, but even if you have never heard of her this sweet book will not disappoint. Ann Estelle is determined to have a fancy Easter hat so she can be “Queen of Easter” in the parade. Of course Ann is not happy when her mom comes home with a plain hat. Ann leaves the hat on the porch and a robin comes and takes it over. What’s Ann Estelle to do? This pretty book with fun storyline also has a special surprise, an Ann Estelle paper doll and Easter clothes for her to wear. You can purchase Queen of Easter here.
Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco
This magical book is a good way to introduce the story of Ukrainian pysanky eggs. In the beautifully illustrated story, the elderly Babushka spends the winter decorating Ukrainian pysanky eggs for the Easter Festival. When she discovered an injured goose (Rechenka) she bring her inside. Rechenka knocks over the basket of eggs, ruining them. The miracles that follow are a fun part of the folklore surrounding this tradition. Find the warm tale of Rechenka’s Eggs here.