Hi and Happy (early) Easter everyone!
We are just starting to get ready for Easter. How about you?
After walking by the Easter extravaganza section on my last trip to the store, I’m already starting to feel a bit behind. Does anyone else ever feel that way, lol? Again, we like to take things slow and keep it simple, so I’m certainly not sweating it.
I finally put our small St. Patrick’s Day book collection away in exchange for our Easter books last week. So, we’ve been reading through our Easter books and setting out some of our Easter decorations whenever we get a chance. We’ve got our advent calendar hung and our Easter tree set up and decorated (don’t forget to check out the Easter tree GIVEAWAY).
I also picked up some hard red winter wheat from the bulk bins yesterday to grow our own Easter grass, a favorite with the kids each year.
And I’m making the final preparations for my easter shopping list and planning the annual Easter brunch and activities. It’s been kind of busy but mostly fun!
I’ll be back soon with more of our Easter amusements but I wanted to begin by sharing our favorite Easter books. Books are where we usually like to start!
Our Favorite Easter Picture Books:
- A Tale For Easter by Tasha Tudor: Tasha Tudor is at the very top of the great children’s literature list in my book. She is a master storyteller. I often curl up with my cup of tea and choose one of her lovely books off the shelf just to read myself, while the little ones are napping. That’s the power of a truely gifted children’s author. I could read A Time To Keep to my children each night before bed and never get tired of it, still finding something new in Tudor’s enchanting words and illustrations. A Tale For Easter is similarily sweet and simple! It captures the excitement and anticipation leading up to Easter. There are hot cross buns, dress fittings, Easter eggs, baby chics, and bunnies. Plus, a sweet dream with a little fawn and the promises of Easter to come. This is definetly a book to add to your Easter collection!
- The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Du Bose Heyward: The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes is a classic of children’s literature that’s probably familiar to many of you. But it’s such a treasure that it absolutley must be mentioned on any decent Easter reading list, ha! It tells the story of a mama bunny who dreams of becoming an Easter bunny. It’s uplifting and encouraging read that shouldn’t be missed!
- The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown: It’s hard to go wrong with anything written by Margaret Wise Brown and The Golden Egg Book proves itself to be another of her treasures! It’s the story of a little bunny and an egg that’s about to hatch. It’s an imaginative tale full of possibilities as this little bunny dreams of what could be inside the egg!
- The Little Rabbit by Judy Dunn: The Little Rabbit is a bit different than the other books on this list because the story is told using images of real rabbits. Their are enchanting images of bunnies in baskets with Easter eggs and rabbit hutches. The care of these warm and cuddly animals is lovingly discussed. Your little ones will adore this rabbit tale and appreciate the images of REAL rabbits!
- The Easter Egg by Jan Brett: The Easter Egg by Jan Brett is a heart warming Easter tale. Symbols of spring are expertly woven throughout Brett’s gorgeously illustrated tale. The images are full of delicate and intricately detailed eggs, birds, and nests, as well as flowering branches and luxuriously dressed rabbits. It tells the story of Hobbi, the rabbit. If he ‘can make the best Easter egg, he will get to help the Easter Rabbit with his deliveries on Easter morning. But it is not so easy. Discouraged, he goes into the woods to think when a blue robin’s egg tumbles out of its nest. Hoppi keeps it safe and warm until the baby bird hatches, and when the Easter Rabbit arrives, he declares the empty blue eggshell the very best one to reward Hoppi for his kindness.’ It’s a character building Easter story that you must read!
- The Story of Easter for Children by Beverly Rae Wiersum: I don’t believe this book is still in print but I hope you can get your hands on a copy or find it at your local library! Wiersum also wrote a Christmas tale that I linked to. This book actually belonged to my husband and so reading it with our children is extra special! It tells of the end of winter merging into the first signs of spring: the rain, flowers, butterflies, and birds. It goes on to tell the story of Jesus and how and what we are really celebrating on Easter! The colors and images are so soft and simple. If you can get your hands on a copy, it’s a great Easter find!
While these three books aren’t technically about Easter, they are about bunnies and they’re classics that are perfect for reading aloud this time of year!
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter: We have the whole Beatrix Potter little books set but this is the one that’s read over and over again. We can’t get enough Peter Rabbit, anytime of year! The Tale of Peter Rabbit is the story of the mischievous Peter and his narrow escape from Mr. McGregor’s garden. We love Peter Rabbit so much, in fact, that we may also have a Peter Rabbit quilt, book ends, stuffed animal, and eating set…
- The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams: This tale always makes me a bit weepy but it’s another classic that cannot be missed. It’s the story of a beloved toy rabbit, ‘now a threadbare and discarded nursery relic’. The Velveteen Rabbit is saved ‘by a magic fairy who whisks him away to the idyllic world of Rabbitland’. He is made ‘real’ and becomes a ‘cherished childhood companion who will be loved for eternity.’ Well, that’s enough on this story or I might get teary eyed…
- Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt: Most of you are familiar with Pat The Bunny. It’s the first book I brought home for our first son, when he was still in my tummy! It’s also the book I remember most from my own childhood. And before becoming a mama, I always imagined reading it to my own little ones as they sat in my lap, their senses and wonder ignited with each turn of the page. Pat the Bunny is a touch and feel book that has captured little imaginations since it was first introduced. Easter is the perfect time to add this one to your collection if you haven’t already done so!
Those are our favorite Easter picture books. What are yours?
Are you ready for Easter or just now getting started with the planning like us?
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