Easter is my favourite holiday of the year. The season is changing. It’s a beautiful chance to spend time with family. And, there’s none of the stress of buying a billion and one presents for everyone. I am all for children getting an egg or two at Easter, but quite frankly, the amount of chocolate they receive is slightly ridiculous. So – here’s a solution. Get an easter-themed book instead.

For the babies and toddlers

peter-rabbit-easter-surprisePeter Rabbit: Easter Surprise by Beatrix Potter

For: 0-3 year olds

Board book with cute 3-D Peter Rabbit appliqué cover decoration.

Join Peter and his friends in a charming Easter story. Classic Beatrix Potter characters combined with pared back design and contemporary styling make this little story book a must for every baby’s Easter.

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easter-surpriseEaster Surprise, by Roger Priddy

For: 0-2 year olds

Interactive novelty board book, featuring an innovative split-page opening mechanism.Six sparkly Easter egg pages to open up, each revealing a special Easter surprise.Rhythmic, rhyming questions offer children a clue to what is hidden in each egg. Five of the eggs feature cute Easter and springtime animals, such as a chick, lamb or bunny. Sixth egg opens up to reveal a shaped, shiny mirror to surprise and delight young readers

For the pop-up lovers

easter bugsEaster Bugs by David Carter.

For: 0-3 year olds

All kinds of bugs are hiding behind colorful Easter eggs, just waiting for you to find them! (And there are lots more fun surprises, too!)

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For a new spin on a traditional picture book

the night before easterThe Night Before Easter, by Natasha Wing

For: 3-6 year olds

Description: “Twas the night before Easter, just before dawn, Not a creature was stirring out on the lawn.” The Easter bunny takes center stage in this delightful spin on Clement C. Moore’s beloved poem that will send families hopping to the bookstore for an Easter treat sweeter than any sugar plum!

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For the christian family

god gave us easterGod Gave Us Easter, by Lisa Tawn

The easter story of Jesus and the cross etc can be a little grim for littlies to handle, but this book approaches it in a very gently and non-threatening manner.

“God loved us so much he wanted us to always be with him too. That’s why God knew he’d need to give us Easter.”

As Little Cub celebrates Easter with Papa, Mama, and her brother and sister, she begins to ask her papa questions about this very special day of the year. Papa lovingly explains God’s plans for his children, while taking Little Cub on a memorable walk through her stunning Arctic world, and he shares how Easter came about in clear, simple terms that even the littlest cubs can understand.

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For an Australian easter story

the-smallest-bilby-and-the-easter-taleThe Smallest Bilby and the Easter Tale, by Nette Hilton and Bruce Whatley.

For: 3-7 year olds.

Many easter books focus on easter and its timing in spring, which of course, is not true if you live in the southern hemisphere. So, here is a story that’s peculiarly Australian.

It’s the night before Easter and for the first time Billy and his band of little bilbies must deliver the eggs.

‘This is fun,’ they sing as they hide eggs here and there and up and down. But when one of the bilbies gets into trouble, only Billy knows what to do.

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For the child who’s going on a long trip

my-aussie-easter-colouring-and-activity-bookMy Aussie Easter Colouring and Activity Book, by Yvette Poshoglian

For: 3-8 year olds

Have an amazing Aussie Easter with the Easter Bilby and all his animal friends.

  • Colour the pictures
  • Join the dots
  • Solve mazes
  • Play games
  • Do craft projects
  • Search and find
  • Spot the difference and heaps more!

Packed with great Aussie Easter activities to keep kids amused during the Easter holidays.

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my-easter-activity-and-sticker-book (1)My Easter Sticker and Colouring Book, by Bloomsbury Activity Books

For: 3-6 year olds

With festive activities and over 100 stickers for hours of seasonal fun, this is the ultimate Easter activity book. Full of bright and beautiful illustrations that capture the freshness of the season and designed to provide hours of coloring, doodling and sticker delight, this charming book is the perfect learning tool for any kid and parent constantly on the move!

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For The family looking for non-religious meaning in Easter

the bunny who found easterThe Bunny Who Found Easter, by Charlotte Zoltow

For: 3-6 year olds

Originally published in 1959, Charlotte Zolotow’s The Bunny Who Found Easter has delighted generations of readers and has now been updated with illustrations by Helen Craig for future generations. A lonely bunny goes hunting for Easter, where he hopes to find other bunnies. His search takes him through the seasons — but only in the spring does he find the true meaning of Easter.

NB – this refers to easter occurring in spring time.

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