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Story-telling and reading is a great way to promote child development and enhances intercultural understanding and communication, and Easter is the perfect time to snuggle in and get reading.
“To most children, the most outstanding elements of the Easter experience are the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts and the compulsory consumption of insane amounts of chocolate, ” says Brian Caswell, an early childhood literacy expert.
“This has been fertile ground for writers and illustrators of picture books. If your child ever dreamed of helping the Easter Bunny, imitating his generosity – or even meeting him – then then those kind of Easter books will be ideal choices.”
As an Early Childhood Literacy Expert, Brian Caswell believes that books written specifically for the Easter season can creatively engage your children.
“However, if your goal is to help your child understand the historical or religious story behind Easter, there are a number of books that retell the Easter story with children in mind too,” says Brian.
You’ll find Brian Caswell’s favourite Easter books for children in the gallery below.
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Egg, by Kevin Henkes
The simple and engaging Egg by Kevin Henkes is a great choice for very early readers.
Max’s Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells
Max’s Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells, with its frustrating, yet ultimately satisfying, egg hunt, is wonderful Easter fun.
Spot’s First Easter, by Eric Hill
Spot’s First Easter, Eric Hill’s classic lift-the-flap adventure with Spot the Dog is another great choice for early readers.
The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
The delightful The Easter Egg by Jan Brett is perfect for children who’ve ever dreamed of helping the Easter Bunny.
The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen
Katherine Tegen’s tale The Story of the Easter Bunny tells how a pet rabbit became the Easter Bunny.
How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton
How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton shows how the Easter Bunny outwits his would-be captors.
We’re Going on an Egg Hunt by Laura Hughes
The addictive and interactiveWe’re Going on an Egg Hunt by Laura Hughes is an Easter classic.
The Easter Bunny’s Helpers, by Anne Mangan and Tamsin Ainslie
The Easter Bunny’s Helpers, by Anne Mangan and Tamsin Ainslie, with its native Australian animal characters is a great local read.
Otter Loves Easter by Sam Garton
Otter Loves Easter by Sam Garton, with its lesson of sharing – and avoiding over-consumption shares a sweet Easter time message.
P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis
The very creative P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis draws upon the Russian/Ukrainian traditions of decorated eggs.
Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco
Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco is another beautifully illustrated tale that draws upon the Russian/Ukrainian traditions of decorated eggs to tell its story.
That Grand Easter Day by Jill Roman Lord and Alessia Trunfio
That Grand Easter Day by Jill Roman Lord and Alessia Trunfio is a good choice for younger children. The rhymes and rhythms and the cumulative effect of the repetitions draw children into the story in a very accessible way.