From fun to religious, Easter baskets are begging for books that tell the story of the season. Younger kids would love to prep for understanding the bunny with new bedtime reads, and older kids will giggle and nod along with some of these age-appropriate reads. These picks can be found for kids of all ages.
Note: Many of these books are also available to buy as Kindle editions if you’re looking for last-minute Easter gifts.
Best for ages: 3 months-4 years
This book also comes with a DVD for youngsters to watch the story unfold. The book starts with a procession from Palm Sunday, then takes the reader through Holy Week, and finally, Easter Sunday. To encourage children to understand what the Easter celebration is all about, this book will help guide that conversation.
Best for ages: 2-4 years
A short rhyme that littlest kids will recognize gets a bunny re-write to teach about helping others. The little story is great to memorize or perfect for new readers to read-along to.
Best for ages: 3-5
Why does the Easter Bunny get to have so much fun? A cat takes up the challenge to take over the bunny’s role, but it turns out delivering Easter eggs is a lot of work.
Best for ages: 3-6 years
Perfect for tots, this story uses symbolism to demonstrate the act of being reborn for Little Bear. Using an Easter egg, an uprooted tree and a new little pinecone, the story of Jesus is told. Little ones can even learn about sin, prayer and heaven in simple language.
Best for ages: 3-7
The turkey, best known for his disguises to escape Thanksgiving, is using is bag of tricks to try to sneak into an Easter egg hunt. Fans of Turkey will enjoy the newest story in the series and its relation to fun at Easter time.
Best for ages: 4-8 years
When the Easter Bunny can’t make his Easter rounds, the T. Rex hops in to help. Though, a bunny is seemingly more agile at egg painting and delivery than a T. Rex, the dino wants to succeed in his fill-in position.
Best for ages: 4-8
This graphic novel is perfect for beginning readers as they learn about four eggs that are different colors. The blue egg, the pink egg and the yellow egg have hatched, but where’s the green one?
Best for ages: 4-10 years
This is the year to catch the Easter bunny in action. Start an Easter tradition with one of the newest books on the block. Expect giggles and delight as your little one tries to catch the Easter Bunny!
Best for ages: 8-12 years
Davey, the young donkey, was never chosen to do anything special in his life. Until one day when he was chosen to help carry Jesus to Jerusalem. Davey follows Jesus all through Holy Week during his last moments. The story is probably best suited for older children as it is a bit longer and more complex.
Messy Easter: Three Complete Sessions and a Treasure Trove of Ideas for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter by Jane Leadbetter
Best for ages: All ages
This book is best as a part of a Lenten experience, as it teaches what the season is all about. Forget the Peeps, chocolate bunnies and dying eggs crazy colors, and come together creatively to learn all about Lent, Holy Week and Easter in a messy way that includes activities, crafts, food preparation and more, as a family.
Best for ages: All ages
Families can learn more about Jesus in this illustrated book that covers 40 bible stories about his life. Each story also has a story at the end to help continue the conversation with kids.
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This story was originally published on March 26, 2018. It has been updated with more recent information.