Friday, April 03, 2009

Our Family’s Favorite Children’s Easter Books

My kids’ collection of Easter books is not as big as that for Christmas, but we have a few “classics” that we read every year. Here are our favorites:

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes

I found this book by Du Bose Heyward in a used bookstore and was amazed to find it was written in 1939! It’s a beautiful tale about a little girl bunny who wants to become one of the five Easter Bunnies who travel the whole world every Easter. She grows up to become a mother to 21 baby bunnies, but still she dreams of becoming one of the Easter bunnies. And she does! This wonderful story teaches children they can become anything they want, even if others say it’s not possible or there are obstacles in the way.

The Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs

If you’ve read this blog for any period of time, you already know that we’re big fans of the Berenstain Bears. In this charming Easter tale, Sister Bear is anxiously looking forward to Easter for the same reason she enjoys other holidays—to get more stuff! Finally, spring arrives, and a big Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled in Beartown. Visions of candy fill the cubs’ heads, but when they stumble across a nest with five tiny blue eggs in the woods, they forget their quest for Easter eggs and revel in the beauty of new life as the little eggs hatch.

It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown!

Not only do we love this book, but the video/DVD is a big hit, too. The Peanuts gang is getting ready for Easter, but Linus insists that preparation is unnecessary as the “Easter Beagle” will bring all they need. Needless to say, Snoopy fills the role admirably. Kids will especially laugh at Peppermint Patty’s fruitless attempts to teach Marcie how to boil and color Easter eggs.

Pooh’s Easter Basket

My boys really loved this board book when they were toddlers. It’s shaped like an Easter basket with a handle! Best of all, it teaches children their colors as they guess which colored egg Pooh’s friends will have. If your little ones love Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, they’ll adore this book.

I know there are plenty of other great Easter books out there, and I’d like to get a few new ones for my kids this year, so please share your children’s favorites with me!

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