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10 Family Favorite Easter Books

Easter books are a perfect addition to baskets this year!
on April 14, 2014
 

Easter is around the corner, and for many that means candy, fancy bonnets, family gatherings, candy, egg hunts, and . . . more candy.   This year, I'm pushing for an Easter season filled with more family time and high interest, seasonal reading and less of the sweet stuff. 

 

Here are a few super easy ways to fill those happy Easter baskets with Eastertime reads for your elementary school-aged children, in lieu of candy. Sure, everyone needs a chocolate bunny and a few jelly beans. But dozens of marshmallow chicks, jellybeans, and tons and tons of chocolate?  No one needs that!

 

Check out our recommendations for Easter-themed books for our elementary school-aged children.  Books are listed in order of reading difficulty.

 

 

Benjamin's Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs by Melody Carlson

Benjamin follows Jesus in order to learn about who He really is, and Benjamin learns more than he ever dreamed.

 

The Biggest Easter Basket Ever by Steven Kroll

Town Mouse and Country Mouse learn about friendship during the Easter season.

 

I Love Easter by Hans Wilhelm

Noodles the dog learns about how to handle disappointments when he loses his toy, Teddy. 

 

I SPY: an Egg in a Nest by Jean Marzollo

Easy-to-read text and springtime I SPY items make this a sure win for emerging readers. 

 

The Easter Cub by Justine Korman

Pip, the bear cub, learns about the Easter holiday from his friend Evergreen.

 

Rainbow Magic: Emma the Easter Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Emma works hard to save Easter from rotten Jack Frost who wants to ruin everything at Eastertime.

 

The Bailey School Kids Holiday Special: Ogres Don't Hunt Easter Eggs (eBook) by Marcia Thornton Jones and Debbie Dadey

The Bailey School Kids work to save the Spring Festival and determine whether or not new-in-town Brutus Bigg is an ogre trying to ruin things for everyone.

 

The Easter Cat by Meindert Dejong

A kitten found by an Easter basket brings a world of surprise—and sneezes—to little Millicent and her family.

 

Vampires DO Hunt Marshmallow Bunnies by Marcia Thornton Jones and Debbie Dadey; illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy

Something has happened to all the candy in Bailey City. Will there still be an Easter egg hunt?

 

Lillies, Rabbits, and Painted Eggs: The Story of the Easter Symbols by Edna Barth

Easter is explained through anecdotes, poems, and sayings. 

 

What are some of your favorite Easter books?  Share your thoughts on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, or find Amy on Twitter, @teachmama, and let's continue the conversation!

 

 

Read all posts by Amy Mascott.

 

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