Easter is just around the corner, and even if you’re not religious it’s a holiday that can be celebrated by all. It’s a subtle nod to spring with its traditional assortment of pastel painted eggs, familiar scenes of nature, and of course, tons of tasty treats. Whether you’re eating sugary goodies or painting eggs, it’s an especially fun holiday to celebrate as a kid – where the creative activities are endless and the candy prospects loom large. But, the holiday is also a great opportunity to teach kids about Easter. However you and your family celebrate, it’s a great time to all get together and share one of these spirited children’s books.
Arthur’s Easter Activity Book by Marc Brown
Learn about Easter and help Arthur celebrate! Decorate eggs, play with stickers, design Easter hats for Muffy, and color various Easter illustrations and scenes. This is a great activity book to keep the kids busy once you’ve entered the glazed ham, deviled egg food coma.
It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Shultz
In this Peanuts take on Easter, Charlie Brown and the cast of characters eagerly await the arrival of the “Easter Beagle” with treats and cheer – whom no one believes with actually appear. When Easter morning finally comes, the whole gang is in for a very pleasant surprise.
Easter Mad Libs by Brenda Sexton
Mad Libs never get old. Whether you’re four or forty, they’re always a kitschy way to play and have fun. This book is especially suited for the holiday, with fill in the blank stories like “The History of the Jelly Bean,” “Spotted: The Easter Bunny,” and “Who is the Real Easter Bunny?” Its’s a fun way for kids to learn about the holiday’s traditional activities and silly background information.
Max & Ruby Celebrate Easter by Grosset & Dunlap
Learn about Easter with your two favorite bunnies, and enjoy the coloring pages too! This one is a classic suited for all ages.
God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Try this one for a less secular and more informative religious reading. God Gave Us Easter celebrates the holiday with Little Cub, Mama, Papa, and Little Cub’s brother and sister. As the celebration begins, Little Cub asks Papa questions about the holiday, learning how Easter came to be as they take a breathtaking exploration around the chilly arctic.
Happy Easter Curious George by H.A. Ray
Naturally the Man in the Big Yellow Hat, who lives in a big yellow apartment, loves to decorate brightly colored Easter eggs. Join the timeless pair as they decorate eggs, go on an Easter egg hunt, and learn the story of Easter.
Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by James Dean
Join Pete in this groovy Easter adventure! Help out the Easter bunny alongside Pete, and enjoy coloring vivid illustrations of fun Easter scenes.
The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
Hoppi is an adorable (and beautifully illustrated) Bunny with a goal of making the best Easter egg ever. His motivation? The best Easter egg grants the winner the opportunity to help the Easter Rabbit deliver eggs on Sunday morning! Join Hoppi in his creative venture, and enjoy the pictures brimming with flowers, vines, and all the token signs of spring.
The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Jan and Mike Berenstain
Even the Berenstain Bears are celebrating the holiday. In this story, the bear cubs are candy-crazed, and Mama, with the help of Papa Bear, tries to teach them the history of Easter. With a little effort, she shows them that salvation is sweeter than candy. This one is great for a subtle religious tone, and tons of fun with included stickers.
The Peter Rabbit’s Easter Surprise by Beatrix Potter
Follow Peter Rabbit as he celebrates Easter with friends like Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddle-Duck. Written in Potter’s traditional charming rhymes, this one’s a classic.