When most people think of Easter, they think of eggs and chocolate. But an Easter basket just so happens to be the perfect vehicle for an even better gift: books!
At Easter, kids’ favorite characters (and some new friends!) join in the celebration with exciting new stories about friendship, working together, hunting for Easter eggs, and planning the perfect springtime celebrations. Whether it’s your child’s first Easter or tenth, there are so many great books to choose from.
To help you get ready for the holiday and plan those Easter bunny presents, here are 15 beloved Easter books for kids of every age. Some of them are old classics and some of them are brand new, but all of them will help you make reading an exciting part of your Easter traditions for years to come.
1. For parents of young children, no holiday (or regular day) is complete without a little Peppa Pig. In Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt kids get to join in the fun as Grandpa Pig sets up an egg hunt for Peppa and her friends. The pals make mischief as they search for chocolate Easter candies and even find a special Easter surprise.
2. Arthur’s Jelly Beans by Marc Brown is a story about friendship and finding your unique talents. Arthur attends his friend Muffy’s spring party, but he starts to feel sad when he’s too slow to win any of the party games they play — until it’s time for the jelly bean hunt. Arthur’s slow and steady strategy might just be what it takes to get the prize!
3. The Biggest Easter Basket Ever is the springtime companion to author Steven Kroll’s The Biggest Pumpkin Ever and The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever. In this seasonal favorite, the adorable residents of Mouseville must work together to prepare entries for the biggest Easter basket (every kid’s dream!) at the annual Easter Celebration.
4. Clifford the Big Red Dog proves bunnies aren’t the only animals who love Easter in Clifford’s Happy Easter by Norman Bridwell. Poor Clifford is too big to help Emily Elizabeth dye her Easter eggs, but he finally gets a chance to join in the fun in a colorful dream sequence that involves buckets of Easter egg dye and will have kids laughing out loud.
5. Beanie Boos: An Egg-stra Special Easter is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers heading off to their very first Easter egg hunts. They join Blossom the lamb as she goes to her first egg hunt, meets new friends, and gets excited to see what prizes await inside her very first Easter egg.
6. The Dumb Bunnies’ Easter by Dav Pilkey is a laugh-out-loud book that takes kids along for the ride as the Dumb Bunnies celebrate Easter…with a Christmas tree? Hey, those bunnies never said they knew what they were doing, and kids will find the bunnies' nonsensical mayhem to be a total delight. Fans of Pilkey's best-selling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series will revel in his trademark mischevious humor.
7. Ten Easter Eggs by Vijaya Bodach is a stunning touch-and-feel board book that lets young children countdown to Easter. Kids will learn about numbers and colors as the ten baby chicks hatch from colorful Easter eggs.
8. Pikmi Pop fans will love seeing their favorite toys take to the page in Pikmi Pops: The Missing Easter Bunny. In this story, Ebby the bunny surprises his pals with a special Easter egg hunt, complete with a surprising reward to inspire kids in their own imaginative Pikmi Pop play.
9. Cheerful Chick by Martha Brockenbough is about a little chick who was born to lead her barnyard friends in cheer. There’s just one problem: the other animals aren’t into it. This book about being true to yourself and finding your people (or farm animals) is the perfect read for enthusiastic kiddos who should never lose their shine.
10. My Easter Egg by Megan E. Bryant has everything young children want in an Easter story: glitter, colorful peek-a-boo pages, and it’s shaped like an Easter egg. It features a fun cast of bunnies, lambs, and birds, and it’s a wonderful first Easter read for babies and toddlers.
11. The Easter fairy’s plans have been foiled by Jack Frost in Rainbow Magic: Emma the Easter Fairy by Daisy Meadows. This chapter book for more experienced readers, ages 7-10, tells the story of an Easter gone wrong and how Emma has to use her creativity to save the holiday. (Discover the complete Rainbow Magic series.)
12. Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom: The Lost Egg is an easy reader based on a hit Nickelodeon TV show. After the duo finds a lonely bird egg while playing in the meadow, Ben and Holly go on a quest to save the egg and find the baby bird’s mom.
13. Junie B. Jones is having the worst Easter ever after she gets picked to wear the Easter Bunny suit at her friend’s spring party in Junie B. Jones: Dumb Bunny by Barbara Park. But Easter was made for bunnies and even her silly, sweaty bunny costume can’t stop her from finding the ultimate surprise.
14. Toddlers will love finding surprises on every page with Peep, Peep, I Love You, a sweet lift-the-flap book by Sandra Magsamen. The story is all about mommies and babies on the farm so you can snuggle up together and practice your best moos, peeps, and oinks!
15. The world’s most famous old lady is back in There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick by Lucille Colandro. In fact, she swallows all of the ingredients for a Happy Easter: straw, some candy, a basket, a bow. But a surprising thing happens when she finally meets the Easter Bunny.
16. Noodles, the little white pup, is so excited to go on an Easter egg hunt in Noodles: I Love Easter by Hans Wilhelm, he but can't find his friend Teddy! The story becomes a lesson in sharing — perfect for the holiday in this Level 1 Reader that offers large pictures and print, and simple words for your beginning reader.
17. Clifford's First Easter by Norman Bridwell is a delightful, flip-the-flap board book that tells the story of the famous pup's first holiday with Emily Elizabeth — ideal for baby's first Easter basket. Clifford wants to help her get ready and decorate for the big Easter egg hunt celebration. The story, classic character, and interactive style make this a festive must-have for toddlers, preschoolers and early readers as well.