Are you looking for a fun Easter activity after all of the egg-cellent egg painting is finished? Why not consider a fun family Easter read aloud? We love holiday books in our house and Easter is no exception. There are many fun Easter books for children of all ages, both religious and non-religious. But where do you begin?
That’s where we come in. Below are our Top 10 Easter Books for Young Children. Plus one new BONUS BOOK for 2023!
These titles are best for toddlers to those in the early elementary years. We spent countless hours going over titles and narrowing down the list to just a special few. This will save you time and energy in the long-run.
Each of these books are great options for gifts, Easter baskets, classrooms, or a little something special to start the holiday season off right. Who doesn’t love a heartwarming new book to help celebrate the holiday season?
On our list you’ll find both religious and non-religious titles. We singled out the top books with content on the story of Easter, friendship, love, and laughter. We chose books with colorful illustrations and charming characters. We hope you will love reading these stories as much as your young one.
Top 10 Easter Books for Young Children
1. Llama Llama Easter Egg
Anna Dewdney, an award-winning children’s book author, does it again with this Easter adventure for lovable Llama Llama. Her signature style and rhyming verses make this one an instant favorite. Your little one will beg you to read it again and again. Bonus-the size of this one is perfect for tiny hands and since it’s a sturdy board book it can withstand a little wear and tear. This one is also available in an audiobook or Kindle edition.
2. The Golden Egg Book
This one is an ideal choice for the preschool set. The Golden Egg Book, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard is full of heartwarming charm. Featured as a Little Golden Books Classic, this one is sure to be a family favorite. The story follows a little bunny who finds a mysterious egg. Available in hardcover, board book, and Kindle eBook format.
3. An Egg Is Quiet
If you’re looking for something different to include an Easter basket or classroom this year, this is it. An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long is a nature book all about different bird eggs. This one is ideal for children from toddlerhood-early elementary. Younger kids will love exploring the images as you read aloud. Older children will enjoy exploring the pages and gain a deeper understanding of the natural word. This one is not a story book, so keep that in mind. Grab it is paperback, Kindle, or hardcover.
4. The Story of Easter
This children’s book written by Patricia A. Pingry and illustrated by Mary Ann Utt is best suited for preschoolers and young readers. This religious book tells the story of Jesus in straightforward and simple terms ideal for young ones. We love that there are several pages dedicated to the resurrection and new life. The book is available in a board book, paperback, and hardcover format.
5. Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny
This book by Barbara Park and illustrated by Denise Brunkus is 128 captivating pages about a very silly first grader. So, it’s chock full of humor to keep kids reading and laughing. The best part is that Junie B. makes mistakes and there are lots of opportunities to discuss good character habits. Although the book has been available for more than 25 years, it hasn’t lost any of its charms. Even today, Junie B’s exploits are a non-religious fan favorite.
6. Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie)
Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond are truly a winning combination with this remarkable fan favorite series. In this book readers can reunite with Mouse for a color-filled eggs-tra special adventure. Each page contains opportunities to work on learning colors and numbers. A fun choice for preschoolers. We recommend the board book edition as it is very sturdy for curious little hands. This one is also available in paperback, and hardcover options.
7. The Night Before Easter
A great book to get the whole family ready for Easter! Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Kathy Couri, this book is available in hardcover, Kindle, and paperback at affordable prices. It is a 32 page non-religious Easter book suitable for all ages. The story focuses on an Easter bunny who leaves little treats for children and follows the poem style of The Night Before Christmas very closely. Not too long and not too short with sweet illustrations. This is the author’s first story in the Night Before series.
8. Happy Easter, Curious George
This is one of the numerous books Margaret and H. A Rey created together during their lifetime. This one is suitable for young readers, preferably preschoolers. It is a non-religious book with George the curious monkey and the man with the yellow hat as they go to the park on an Easter morning. George sees children dying eggs. He is intrigued by this and joins in the fun. This story highlights the values of friendship and camaraderie. Grab this one in paperback, hardcover or Kindle editions.
9. Little One, God Made You Special
This 14 page religious book teaches children that God made them special. A short and sweet read that has a clear message of love for young toddlers or preschoolers. This one is available as a board book or Kindle edition. Each page illustrates how each distinct feature of a child passes on the message of God’s love. The book is perfect for reading aloud as it has joy-filled rhyming text.
10. Fancy Nancy and the Missing Easter Bunny
Another classic adventure for Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser! This one includes her little sister Jojo and her class pet-Nibbles the bunny. Nibbles comes home with Jojo for the weekend and you guessed it-goes missing. This one is a fun non-religious read aloud for preschoolers. It’s a moderately challenging read for new readers as Fancy Nancy loves introducing new vocabulary words-sometimes in French. The book is available in paperback and library binding format. Bonus- this one comes with 30 stickers!
Peep on a Perch
If your family loves Elf on a Shelf then you’ll also want to check out Peep on a Perch. The Easter Peep assists the Easter Bunny with the big day each year, but gets into a lot less mischief than your friendly household Elf. A relief for moms and dads everywhere. Bonus-this book set comes with an adorable stuffed Peep! If you’re not into the premise of the book- grab the set for the adorable stuffed Peep alone. So cute!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where Do I Get Easter Books?
You can purchase Easter books on Amazon or in stores near you. If you want an eBook or audiobook those can be found on Amazon or other online retailers.
2. How Do I Make Easter Fun for My Kids?
Apart from reading Easter books with your kids, you can make the holiday extra special by starting new traditions. There’s always coloring and hunting Easter eggs, hosting a traditional Easter Egg Roll, or creating fun Easter crafts with supplies around the house. If you’re looking for something new we recommend using Shaving Cream to dye eggs this year. It’s a fun new twist on an old favorite.
3. Are Easter Books Expensive?
All of the Easter books on this list are affordable for most. Don’t forget you may be able to find many of these titles at your local Library for no cost!
5. When should I read Easter books to my child?
We try and get out our Easter books about one month before the actual holiday. For us, getting them out early helps to build excitement for the upcoming holiday. In fact, my kids love reading holiday books year-round, so we occasionally have them out at other times of the year as well.