Easter is Coming!
Get Ready with this Terrific Bunch of Books
Easter is in just two weeks. Here are some new and old books for getting ready.
by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda
Cat is grumpy. Everyone loves the Easter Bunny. So why can’t he be an Easter Cat? This is a wonderful book. I love everything about it, especially the clever way Cat communicates.
Love One Another: The Last Days Of Jesus
by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Elizabeth Uyehara (sorry, no link)
Starting with a brief description of who Jesus was, this book tells the Easter story from Jesus’s entry to Jerusalem through his resurrection. The text is clearly written and the illustrations nicely capture the emotions of those last days.
by Patricia Polacco
All winter, Babushka painted the most beautiful Easter eggs. One day, a passing goose is shot from the sky by a hunter. Babushka nurses the goose back to health. What happens next is both tragic and miraculous.
by Patricia Polacco
Here is another Polacco Easter story. Miss Eula and her 2 grandsons welcome the girl next store to Sunday dinner each week. To thank Miss Eula for her wonderful Sunday chicken dinners, the three children sell decorated Easter eggs to buy her a beautiful Easter hat. Patricia Polacco never fails.
Miz Fannie Mae’s Fine New Easter Hat
by Melissa Milich, illustrated by Yong Chen [sorry no link available]
This book starts as a lovely family story about a young girl who helps her Daddy buy a new Easter hat for her mama. It takes a delightful turn during the Easter morning church service. I didn’t see it coming!
by Patricia A. Pingry
This is a small board book, with colorful pictures. It tells the Christian story of Easter in simple text.
by Aileen Fisher, illustrated by Stefano Vitale
This book also tells the story of Easter, plus includes some different Easter traditions. The last pages give directions for coloring eggs and a recipe for hot cross buns.
by Margaret Wise Brown
One day a little bunny found an egg. He could hear something inside the egg. He does what he can to find out what it is. This book was written in 1947, the same year as the author wrote Goodnight Moon. I love this book – it’s one of my favorites.
by Mary Jane Auch
Pauline the hen lays the most unusual eggs. Her owner, Mrs. Pennywort, thinks they’re quite lovely so she encourages her. Together, they open an Easter egg farm.
by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
Mouse, from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, finds Easter eggs all over the house. The color words (yellow, red…) in the text are the appropriate colors, making this a good book for early preschoolers.
by Irving Berlin, illustrated by Lisa McCue
The text is based on the song from the 1930s. Anyone old enough to remember the song will have to sing it out. The illustrations, based on a bunny family, are charming and funny.
I hope you have a happy, warm, and fun Easter!